Don't brake, that is.
I just picked up a 2003 OCR Touring to be my commuter - to be my bike - through my first Pacific Northwest winter. Looks like the right bike for the job.
But so far, I've been very unimpressed with the braking. I turn the red knobs on the brake until the pads are just starting to rub, but when I squeeze the levers, I can squeeze them to the bars with only a modest amount of braking. Actually, the rear brake is OK; I can brake enough to skid it, but the front is just a little too weak.
Braking is important to me because I live at about 450' higher elevation than my workplace, and all this elevation must be gained or lost in a mile or so. My typical route to work has me screaming down a hill at 35+, then jumping on the brakes to stop for a red light at the bottom. The hill was scary in the wet with my road bike, but I think this Giant is even worse, although I haven't tried it on a rainy day.
I wiped down the pads and rotor with alchohol, no real effect. When I pulled the pads out, they looked very thin and worn, so I'm guessing the next step is to clean the rotor really well, pop on some new pads, and re-align the caliper. What kind of pads to get? Regular Avids? Or the new organic Avids? Or EBC, Kool-stop, some other brand?
I hear that discs are supposed to be great stoppers. What's going on? My cables are Jagwire.