GGF, I can answer the drum ???'s
yes it works with a normal brake lever...I use a dual-pull lever and have v-brakes on the rear
(standard Jaguar brakes, with kool-stop pads)
my drum wheel is the oldest piece of equipment I have...still works like the day I got it !!!
the wheel from husky comes with cable, adjusters, and everything you need to just bolt it on (shipping is cheap too...17$ from houston to phoenix)