I’m looking for some advice. I’ve been diagnosed with ulnar neuritis in my left arm. Besides the intermittent pain, this is leading to significant loss of strength in my left hand. This is affecting the amount of leverage I can apply to the left break when I’m in the drops or on the hoods.
The road bike I’m currently using outdoors has mechanical disc brakes. I have found that it takes a significant amount of leverage for to get any decent braking braking power with mechanical disc brakes. I have had the shop check the bike out and there is nothing wrong with how the brakes are tensioned.
I have ridden a hydraulic disc brake bike over the same roads, and have found that it takes less leverage to get the same amount of stopping power.
I’m debating if I should upgrade the bike to hydraulic disc brakes. The shifters/brake levers are Shimano 105 ST-5800 brake levers and the brakes are TRP Spyre Mechanical Disc (160mm Front/140mm Rear).
If I decide to upgrade do I need to replace the Shimano brake levers or just the actual brake units (as well as the associated cabiling).
Are there other options?
Thank you for your time and suggestions.