late last year I picked up a faded and incipiently rusting +\-1980 Motobecane Grand Touring for what seemed like cheap ($175) Add to that another $175 for a major tune and new Continentals--and more recently, a 6sp FW with a 34t low gear (about $80 from eBay), and new chain ($32).
I hadn't planned to keep this bike, and I certainly didn't plan on enjoying it so much--it was just meant to be something different from the basic REI stuff I'd been riding.
But now that I have gotten somewhat used to friction shifters, and the quirky handling at low speed (it is marvelous on straights, and rock steady jamming down a long hill at maybe 30-35 MPH). With the new chain and FW, the Suntour Vx-GT is now silky smooth. The result is--by gosh--I'm starting to really like this old fellow.
So, the old immutable law kicks in--the nicer you make something, the more the remaining flaws jump out and insult you.
Setting aside the whole insane subject of repainting (how much more $$$ can you sink into something for which you could never recoup), it is the Weinmann brakes that I don't like. Generally, they feel squishy and feeble. (I already removed the secondary levers, which seemed to help a little...)
So the question is, are there ways to either improve the function of the Weinmanns (better cables? better pads? Please don't tell me new rims!!!)? Or, is there another type of brake that would fit Mr. Moto?
Or should I just get over it????
Thanks in advance...