Hey guys, I've got a 70s Free Spirit, but the brakes aren't quite up to snuff, especially the back brake which provides very little stopping power. This is my first road bike, but it's also a bike for me to learn on. I'd like to go ahead and install some new brakes, but I'm on a budget. This rear brake caught my eye:
'Nad: Your front brake should do most of your stopping; I seldom use my rear one. Probably the most bang for your buck would be to change out your brake pads and ensure that they are properly adjusted and that the wheel brake tracks are clean. Kool Stop Salmon pads are frequently mentioned as being an excellent choice. If your wheels are steel rather than aluminum your braking action will be mediocre at best, especially in wet weather.
Last edited by dsbrantjr; 07-18-11 at 03:55 PM.
If the rims are steel, you need to lower your expectations.
a fresh set of brake shoes will be about all you can do ,
short of replacing the rims with Aluminum ones ,
and given its a $20 bike , so may not even be a cost justifiable task.
replacing cables and housing will be = to the value of the bike,
but if it gets used as transportation , then It will earn it's keep.
2011-07-18 19.06.52.jpg2011-07-18 19.11.02.jpgThanks for all the input guys. Here are some pictures of how it looks with and without the brakes on the rear. Still think it wouldn't fit? It's supposed to be a commute bike, so I guess it would be worth some minimal investment. I guess I'll try the new cables and housing, I've already got new pads for it. It's not too hard to replace the cables and housing right?