Well, my brakes have gotten REALLY BAD lately.....I tried to tighten them, but just couldn't quite get them tight enough and it was getting to point where it was getting dangerous. I had to use my "Fred Flinstone brakes" to keep from going into middle of intersection last few commutes.
I couldn't wait any longer, so I stopped at the Performance shop on the way home. The guy immediately diagnosed my brake pads were nearly gone (don't know why I didn't think to even look at that). Anyway, they were too busy to get to it for a few days, and I didn't want to wait.
I coddled it back home and called one of the shops in the area that I like to see how quick they could do a tune up (long overdue anyway) including the brakes. They would only take a day, so I grabbed the bike to get it up there last night.
The guy puts it up on the stand to give an inspection, and he cleans the rim of the back wheel while he's spinning it because its covered with commuting grime (especially since its been raining on/off a lot lately). As he gets it clean, he says, "do you know that you have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - 7 cracks in your rear wheel?".
WHAT?!!?! No, I didn't. He showed me.
So now I'm in for a tune up and a wheel too. I came back here last night...and read up in some of the wheel threads. I decided I'd like a "Mavic T520 silver" wheel and emailed the store's email. I'll have to double check on it this morning to make sure they got the email and we can make it happen.
Anyway......just thought I'd share my pain. My $20 brake adjustment is now going to run closer to $200.