Avid FR-5 Brake Levers 2013
If you're kickin' it old-school, do it with the best there is. Making brakes that slow down a bike is easy. But making them light, powerful, efficient, adjustable and ergonomically perfect for your hand takes a lot of experience and smart design. That's the stuff that Avid has made look so easy for 16 years.
I have these on two of my bikes, and had them on a third I've since sold. Easy to adjust--although, the reach-adjusting set screws on my newest set were a bit stiff. Great feel/reach aspect even before adjusting. I replaced a set of LX Shimano's with these after a sapling jumped out an grabbed hold of my bar. The first thing I noticed was that I didn't have to stretch my fingers as far to reach the levers as I did with the LXs out of the box. And the price? Like the neighbor's dog that keeps deucing on your lawn . . . You can't beat it!
At least you can adjust the reach but for a few dollars more, I would get the FR-7 levers that have some more toggle to fit your particular riding style. Still, solid construction and fully functional.