The rear brakes on my SWB 'bent have needed adjustment for a while as they bearly provided any stopping power at all. I had a few spare minutes this afternoon and I was in the mood to do a little wrenching so I had a go at them.
After snugging in the cable a bit and cleaning the rims (might as well clean them both while I was at it) I had good braking power both front and rear again. I would like a little more time to tweak the rear brakes a bit more, actually I think complete removal, cleaning, lube the posts and reassembly is in order...but I need more time than I had today. What I've got now will suffice nicely until the weekend.
Coming in to work this evening I lost my front brakes about four miles into the ride. Somehow the cable went slack causing the V-Brake to pop open. I noticed this soon enough and thanks to having a good rear brake I stopped and put the brake back together. Unfortunately, the front cable was still a touch too loose to stop the bike. Thank goodness I have a good rear brake!!!
A mile later at the bike rack at work I do a closer investigation of the front brake system. I don't know why, but I had to tighten the cable a bit to get good braking. Did I accidently kick the V-brake and cause the cable to slip while jockeying the bike around a busy intersection just prior to the failure? I could have as it's near my right heel. I may never know the answer. I'm glad I had finally taken the time to fix the rear brake just hours earlier though.
In the future I'll address these items in a much more timely manner. This could have been another broken body story.