Hello from Quebec,
We need advices about brake setup. We own a Cannondale road tandem equipped with avid BB7 disk brake. Up to know, braking is more than enough for the kind of territories we have around here. This summer, we are booked for a trip in the Pyrenees in France/Spain and I am a bit worry about the capacity of our brakes rolling down those long hills. Our team weight, including water bottles and light luggage, would be around 300 lb. I am actually looking at different brake setup but not having used any of these combinations, I am uncertain about what to decide. The first idea was to replace the rear disk brake with an Arai drum brake and install a V-Brake/travel agent on the seat stays. With this configuration, I would need to add a third brake lever either on my handlebar or the stoker handlebar. I am not sure about having to control 3 brake levers all by myself specially going downhill with switchback. So I thought about the stoker controlling the extra brake. She has her own cycling computer so she can watch for a maximum decided speed. To facilitate her job and to prevent the chance she may forgot to turn the brake “off”, I was thinking using a regular brake handle instead of a friction type shifter. Now, what type of brake handle fit well the required cable travel/effort of an Arai brake? V-brake type, cantilever type or else???
My other approach is similar to the first except that I am keeping the disk brake instead of installing a drum brake. In this configuration, I am not sure what would be the best cabling setup??
As you can see I am kind of lost and I don’t really have nice hill around here to “validate and test” my future brake setup so your experience will be really appreciated.
Thank you and have a nice day,