I have cantilever brakes, can I change them to something else?
So excuse my n00bness when it comes to bikes as I am pretty unfamiliar...
But I have a Trek Multitrak 730 which has cantilever brakes. They're not in bad condition, but they are missing the little "link wire" piece that goes in between them. I can't find the link wire in very many places, if I do, I wouldn't know what length or type to get. Otherwise, I could just replace the cantilever brake system and get new ones...
I am assuming because of the way the older bike frames are designed, I wouldn't be able to upgrade to caliper style? Or what about the linear pull? I'm not sure how they bolt on and if the spacing if different and etc, I'm sure there are plenty of factors.
1. If I could get the link wire where would I find it and what size would I get (and how would I decide what size I need?)
2. Should I just get a new set of cantilever brakes?
3. If I'm willing to spend the money why not just upgrade if at all possible?
Thanks! I will continue to do research but any suggestions or links or pointers is appreciated. Thanks a bunch!