My first weekend with my 'cross bike. My first time in YEARS to ride a bike with cantilever brakes.
Let's get to the bottom line: These brakes suck. Compared to my Dura Ace road brakes or my mountain bike's Avid disk brakes, the stock Avid Shorty 4 brakes seem no better than dragging my feet. No bite. Rather gradual decline in speed. No fear of doing a "stoppie", even on a steep downhill. They are ABS for a bicycle.
So, short of changing forks and wheels and going to disk brakes (huge investment), what can I do to get better braking performance?