While on the hoods, I'd like to have a bit more surface area, or leverage, for engaging the brakes. I saw somewhere that there are clips or extenders that attach to the standard lever, providing a small protrusion perpendicular to the lever allowing for better engagement or leverage when riding on the hoods. I can't seem to locate/find these clips/extenders.
Over a year later, I did some googling and to my surprise, yes these are a thing. However they're rare and not popular, so may be hard to source.
Safety Levers, common during the 80s bike boom for people who wanted a drop bar bike but found the hoods to be uncomfortable. They're a bit rubbish and not made anymore.
Related question Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
Interruptor levers, these do the same job as above, but work better. These terminate the outer housing, and pull on the second piece of outer housing, which effectively pulls the inner wire. Can even be used without a dropbar brake lever.
- Mountain bike flat bars, with bar ends, with brake lever extensions so you can brake from the bar-end.
Or to see them on a bike:
I have no experience if these work very well. Likely as bar ends fell out of fashion or were disallowed in events, these levers also became pointless.
Noticeably, hydraulic brakes reduced the finger pressure required, now one finger braking is the standard.