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Old 07-20-14, 08:56 AM   #1
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Which brake blocks / shoes ?

The brakes on my touring bike are not powerful enough - I'm quite heavy and and I carry a fair bit on the bike - so I need to change the brake blocks /shoes. What make would be a good idea ? I almost never ride in the wet . The wheels are Mavic Open Pro and Avid Sporty 6 cantilever brakes with 70mm long brake blocks ( a bit worn )

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Any of the KoolStop colored shoes (except salmon) offer slightly higher dry friction than average. This, of course, comes at the expense of shoe life and wet performance.

But, as I said, it's a slight difference. The other option would be to consider replacing either the levers or brakes with something with more leverage. This will reduce brake travel, so you have to be more diligent about wheel alignment. Avid made "speed dial" levers, which let you adjust the cable pull (leverage) and these might allow you to find the best balance between leverage and travel for your needs.
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The Speed Dial brake levers make a BIG difference in fine tuning the leverage for your hand. Since you have Avid Shortys, they would complement the cantis very well.
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