Dialing In Cantilever Brakes
I just bought a cross bike for commuting and riding on the road, so this is my first time dealing with cantis.
Perhaps I just don't know what I'm doing, but I'm finding them to be a nightmare to keep in check. Firstly I removed my in-line brake levers because I never used them. W/out the barrel adjusters it was a nightmare to get the brakelevers feeling tight and having the pads and cables set-up right, so I ended up paying a shop to set them up for me.
But after a few hundred miles and a few rides in the rain the pads are worn but not worn out and I had to compensate by adjusting the brakes once again because I had too much mechanical advantage. I feel like I'm constantly having some issue or another with the brakes on this bike. I put in a lot of miles, but I wouldn't think normal pad wear would cause issues.
So I'm looking for some advice for someone like me whose brakes get a lot of use. Is it really necessary to adjust cantis this much or will something like installing barrel adjusters or link cables (I have a yoke on there now) make things less painful, the right pads, or just a better set-up make cantis less painful?