Here's the scenereo: My girlfriend is moving from a coaster brake to fixed with a front brake. she currently has a pair of velocity's deep v wheels (non machined). I was speaking to a friend (quite a few years experience as a mechanic in pretty high volume shops, rides deep v's on one of his bicycles himself) who recommended simply keeping the front wheel intact versus re-lacing the hub to a deep v with a machined braking surface. Two things:
1) has anyone used a brake with a non-machined deep v? if so, how able to stop were you? How much of a difference did you notice in wet conditions? Since most of the stopping is going to occur at the pedals->rear wheel anyway, was the non-machined brake surface sufficient for extra stopping power in close situations?
2) can anyone recommend an incredibly sticky brake pad? Something that works well on less than ideal surfaces, and perhaps in wet conditions?