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Old 11-07-2006, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by bikewonder View Post
I was riding home last night and realized my brakes aren't working as well as they should. I pumped them, but was wondering if there was anything else I could do to make them grab better in this winter weather?
I don't know what yours are, but my bike mechanic gave me some advice regarding my v-brakes. (If you don't know what v-brakes look like, you can see a picture here.) He told me that while they are more responsive than caliper brakes, they require more frequent adjustments and are fussier. He also said to expect to change my brake pads 1-2 times during the winter. I ride to work M-F plus use my bike for errands and other transportation.

I'm going to have to learn how to adjust v-brakes better than I'm currently able or I'll be taking my bike in way too often for my tastes (or budget).
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