I have had several close calls riding in rain and the dark lately. My breaks slip and I have been thinking about trying to make some changes to my bike for a safer ride as the wet weater will just start to increase. My bike is an 80's Fugi Touring Bike with 27" wheels. I had the idea of going to a wider 700c tire in front. The LBS said that would not help much. If it were ice they said studds do work, so I have a couple months to work that out. They suggested better brakes. I have dia compe brakes with rectangular pads. I am limited by my older caliber mount, do they make a dual piviot for older road bikes? Maybe rig up a center mount?? At the least I will try new softer pads that might fit my pads?? Anybody know where I could find these? This is my first "fall" commuting so I am new to all this, but I love how these SKS fenders work!!! Puddles are fun!!