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    go wake forest!!!! bandaidman's Avatar
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    upgrading brakes

    i have a felt sr81 bike which i am very happy with except for the brakes.

    it has a road bike frame/wheelset with upright handlebars and shimano v-brakes. the next level up in bike has shimano deore type v-brakes.

    i have always thought the brakes were a little on the soft side..had them readjusted after a recent crash and they are well centered and mechanically seem to work fine. i just want a little more stopping power...im 6 ft 205 lbs btw

    would upgrading just the pads help me? ...or would buying a better v-brake set/levers help be more?

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    The Red Lantern Rev.Chuck's Avatar
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    Change to a grippier pad. Shortening the housings helps. Also some bikes have a "safety" spring in the J-tube. Loosen up your cable, pull the housing out of the J-tube and look in there. You will see the spring if there is one. If it is theree go to a shop and get some regular ones, makes a big difference.
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    NOT a weight weenie Hunter's Avatar
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    Go with Kool Stop pads. If youhave the stock shimaNO pads junk them and get the Kool Stop's you will happy you did.

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    go wake forest!!!! bandaidman's Avatar
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    thanks...i will do as suggested....will look for some kool-stop around town tommorow

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