So, as you may be aware, my o/h is now getting back into riding with one arm but the brakes on his new bike currently won't allow the left lever to be flipped over and stacked up with the right one on the right bar, which is his current preferred setup.
We had the idea of buying a new right lever to replace the left one but because of the shape of the reservior on it, they don't stack close together enough to work for him.
This is not helped by the fact that we are inexperienced and totally inept where bike components are concernered - please be patient with us...
Since my brakes need upgrading I have said I'd buy his old ones off him and he's going to treat himself to a new, full set of brakes but is unsure what to go for.
They need to have levers where the reservoir is flat, like the juicy ones are, so that they can stack one above the other and where it doesn't matter which side you put the lever on (which I guess, by definition, ones with a flat reservoir would be fine for too)
One of the LBSs recommended Avid Elixirs which have an integrated reservoir and they look suitable from the pics we have seen, but he's not sure if they are totally overkill for his riding style/ability.
He's riding routes graded blue in the vertebrate guide books, houndkirk moor/road, nothing too steep or rocky, just to give you an idea of his current technical ability.
Does anyone have any recommendations - does the Elixir sound like the right kind of thing, or can you suggest anything more appropriate? Is the general rule with brakes buy the best you can afford or is there a point where it just gets silly and wasteful?