I had a crash on my commuting bike, a '95 Cannondale M400, and bent the stem and handlebars. (This M400 is a unsuspended mountain bike with the original fork.)
Went to LBS and came away with a stem that didn't match the original equipment - the best they had was a too-small stem without a "cable hanger" hole for the cantilever brakes. So I'm stuck with finding a cable hanger bracket... or getting v brakes. The LBS didn't sound excited about finding a bracket or the correct stem so I'm thinking about v brakes.
How can I tell if v brakes will fit my anachronism? Are they made to fit standard forks? Is there a kit I can ask for? Any suggestions for replacing the cables?