Hi, I am quite new to the site and mountain biking in general. I hope you nice people can give me some advice.
I bought myself a Rockhopper about 4 months ago and it has changed my life. We seem to spend every weekend out riding and I am loving it. However I am struggling with my braking. My problem is I can't reach the lever easily. I can adjust my lever but there is quite a lot of give in it so it just squashes my fingers. My internet research seems to suggest that this is a feature of the brake. I don't know if anyone else has had the same problem? But it does seem a good excuse to upgrade anyway.
So, I need some advice on upgrading. I don't have a huge amount of money to spend and am only riding blue and easy red route standard (but hoping to improve). I currently have Shimano M505 levers and M445 calipers. With a 160 rotor. Do I need to replace all of it or can I just get a better caliper? I also want to do the work myself. How hard is this and will I need any specialised tools?
Thank you for any help you can give me.