Need some brake suggestions
I bought an old used bike. The bike is great. However I've noticed the braking system isn't as responsive as other bikes I've ridden. The bike is using non aero, non hooded road brake levers on drop bars. The brakes are side pull calipers, the cables look pretty old (although I have no sense of what a bad cable looks like), and the pads are very hard, and dried out.
If I were to upgrade this braking system to be more modern and more responsive, what is the best way to go about this. Should I just replace the disposable parts, cables and pads? Or should I consider upgrading the actual braking components as well? I really like this frame so I don't mind spending money on new components, but I would like to make sure it is a worthy upgrade before spend the money.
Thanks for any help.