Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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What I used to do in the bad old days of steel rims and 1970s brake pads was to drag the brakes continuously as I rode in the rain, or at least to squeeze the handles frequently. This is similar to the advice I received from my high school driver's education teacher in 1965, regarding the need to dry 4-wheel drum brakes periodically in wet weather.
For safety and performance, aluminum rims are by far the best upgrade you can make to any bike with steel rims. Salmon-colored KoolStop brake pads are right up there, as well, along with new brake cables AND housings.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069