I took my bike into a shop down here in southern California for a complete tuneup - 150 bucks. They supposedly clean and check everything, re grease etc, true the wheels, their best package. I paid 20 bucks extra for new shifter cables and housings.
First off I notice the tire pressure is way too high, but that's nothing too bad. Secondly I notice that it is auto shifting when in the small cog....could be cable stretch.
As I'm walking out the guy tells me "O, and the brakes shudder, nothing you can do about that!"
So I check the brakes when I get back and they squeal and shudder like crazy, both front and back, both cantilevers. The brake pads were actually toed the OPPOSITE way (so that the end of the pad contacts first). Finally the cable coming down to the yoke had been significantly shortened, and cut so it cannot be lengthened anymore. I think this may be the problem for the fronts. For the rears however, they wrapped a small piece of wire tightly around the transverse cable to stop the yoke from moving farther down:
Is this even safe?! I almost crashed riding it home because of the front brakes not working, but now I'm worried if I should even trust these guys to work on my bike again (they supposedly guarantee their work). Do they just not know how to adjust cantilevers or am I missing something?
Front Brake Setup (is the yoke too high?):
Also, are the larger spherical washers supposed to be on the outside or inside of the cantilever arm? I previously had them inside (next to the brake shoe) but they have it setup the opposite....