Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Unless you're doing lots of rain riding, and good quality brake correctly set up and adjusted should be more than adequate. As the others have said, good shoes, with a bit of toe in, good cables and good adjustment are key.
To squeeze more out of canti and V-brakes consider adding a brake booster. The amount of improvement these offer depends on the fork's rigidity. Check by applying the brakes hard (while off the bike) and watching to see how far the pivots get pushed apart. If you see a decent amount of movement you'll see a big improvement with a brake booster. If they don't spread much a booster won't help.
As a 40 year plus rider, who commutes rain or shine, disc brakes are starting to look more attractive, and probably be high on the list if I build a new dedicated commuter bike, I might even build a new bike just to have disc brakes. My Cantis are fine dry and acceptable in the rain, but their wet stopping distance is just to long for city riding and one day something is bound to happen.
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