I've recently got an old Schwinn Suburban up and running, for the most part. The problem is I sheered off the brake cable clamp nut on the rear brake while trying to get them adjusted. And, on top of that, when they did work, they did so poorly. I don't really trust them to stop 40+ lbs of bike and 185 lbs of meat in an emergency situation.
Since this bike is mostly going to be a grocery getter and all-around town bike, I figure I'd rather just get brakes that I can trust and are easy to set-up. I was thinking about the new Tektro R556 brake set.
Has anyone here had a chance to use this brake yet? I'm somewhat worried about clearance for the fender. But the main thing is how do I convert a recessed nut system back to the older exterior nut/bolt style? Is there some kind of work around you folks could share? I'd also like any suggestions for other brakes I should look at. I was thinking about the Dia Compe center-pulls that Rivendell is selling, but realized that my own cable tension adjustment was on the brake itself and I don't want to get new levers unless absolutely necessary.
Thanks for any help.