Which brakes for a cyclist with a weak grip?
I am writing because I am getting ready to buy a new bicycle but I have some disabilities that I have to accomodate for.
First, I have a bad back, so I will be purchasing a "Comfort Bike" with a more upright sitting position.
Second, I have tendinitis in my wrists--in the past this has not been a problem because I ride so slow on my cruisier that it takes no effort to stop, but now I live on a hill in a town that rains a lot, and want to start driving less (thus biking more), so I need the most efficient brakes possible.
The bike I am currently considering is a Specialized Crossroads Comp '04, which comes with Shimano Nexave 500 mechanical disc brakes. I guess my question is, how much a difference do disc brakes make? And within disc brakes, are hydraulic more desirable than mechanical? This bike is decently priced so I have money to spend on brake upgrades if it seems worth it. So what should I do? What have others done in this situation?
Thanks a whole lot,