I have been trying to take the slack out of my V style brakes. Upon going downhill I have to been really having to press hard on my brake levers to get much torque on the rims.
On my own, I have tried to shorten the cable length between the brake blocks?, adjusted the barrell adjusters, and checked the postions of the pads by adjusting pad position set screws.Nothing seems to help much. Apprears the brake pads have decent rubber left.
So today, while at a bike shop asked the mechanic how to correct the problem. He looked over the system. The brakes are v brakes as I said. The brakes are controlled by Shimano Tiagara Index shift levers. So, the mechanic suggested, v brakes should controlled by mountain bike style levers. He felt making adjustments with the present system would only be a temporary fix...
I like index shifting on the drops. I hate to see this change for that reason.
This bike has been rebuilt because the original Scott frame wore out since it had over 70.000 miles on it. So I switched over old components to a new Surly frame. The orignial brakes were dual pivot calipers. The original Shimano index shifters were were installed onto this new frame.
Anyone agree, V brakes would be better served with a different style shifter. Seems after the frame rebuild the brake tension was pretty normal.? thanks.