Ok, I know this has come up before and I've searched but not found the answer to my question.
I just reassembled a brake system from dry, and it took me ages to get fluid everywhere. I have fluid all through the system now and have bled the brakes and they work. My problem is that the brake lever goes 50% of its travel before anything happens, then works for the last bit, but still hits the bar. I thought I must have some air in there still, so after a ride I squeezed the lever to the bar and cracked the bleed screw, but only fluid came out. Tightened bleed screw and did the other side and same thing. Now my brake lever has even less resistance. The reservoir is full.
My question is, when bleeding the brakes, you squeeze the lever, then let out all the fluid that you just compressed when squeezing it. So now there should be less pressure. How do you get good solid levers then?