1. How tight should the grease seal spring be on my BT front brake?
Mine is smashed virtually solid. Should ther be space between the windings?
2. I'm using the curved "spoon handle" lever with this same brake setup, but it doesn't seem to create enough travel at the backing plate lever to get good brake effectiveness. I've drilled another hole in the lever at the backing plate that helped a bit, but there still isn't enough. The shoes, cable, and handle are all new and were adjusted to the specs in the Palmer book.
Does the straight brake lever produce more motion?
What is the distance between the brake handle pivot and the cable attachment point on the straight type handle?