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Join Date: Aug 2011
Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers)
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Originally Posted by MightyLegnano
ThermionicScott, ofcourse it has fresh pads, only museum bicycles have old pads.
Why do you call my theory crummy? All responses were very interesting, I already said that. I'm 'regurgitating' the theory because having added to it elements like skinny tyres=less friction and safety levers makes it more complete for people to argue about. Jeez, if I was your doctor I'd prescribe you more hill training for your uptightness...
You would be surprised how many people complain about poor braking when it turns out they're still using the stock pads from 10, 20, 50 years ago.
Your theory ("All old road bikes have weak brakes") is flawed because not all of them do, especially when set up properly! You are, though, getting some possible reasons why the bikes you've tried didn't stop very well. Skinny tires at high pressures do have a smaller contact patch, but I would look elsewhere for the cause.
Originally Posted by chandltp
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time