Some Craigsluck recently landed this '91 Schwinn Crosscut in the lap of yours truly. Hop below the pictures if you'd like to skip to the point. I've made some small adjustments and upgrades to the bike already. It rides like a dream, and all the parts (original and newly installed) seem to be working together like best friends, save one. When I apply the front brake at moderate to high speed, the whole front fork or wheel seems to shake. The speed and intensity of the shake increases relative to mine. This isn't intense enough to be dangerous, but something clearly isn't right. The pads look original and feel about as hard as plastic to my fingernail. Nothing appears loose, bent or mis-adjusted in the wheel, brake, fork or headset areas. Does this 20 year old bike need more than its museum fresh paint suggests, or will new pads do the trick?
I've only ever replaced road bike pads with a universal Bell pad from a retailer I'm ashamed to admit I patronize. What's the best option for replacing these pads online for under $15 shipped for both sets? What would you pick, how are they compatible, and why are they the best? Thanks for the input and advice, and happy trails!
Note: The reflective strap holds the wheel in place while the bike's on the stand ONLY.