The Wife and I recently purchased a used 2000 Santana Arriva XL size. We love the bike and love riding together. Problem is, I am not sure if I need a different brake setup on the bike. We live in Western North Carolina off the Blue Ridge mountains. This gives us many choices in terrain from fairly flat to steep climbs and descents. We have put 150 miles on the bike but stayed away from steeper routes. The bike is stock with Avid single digit V brakes front and rear. As a team we weight in at 400lbs. We don't do packed touring. I like the idea of a disc only rear, but don't like the idea of having to adjust the brakes mid ride (as per some posts here). Not crazy about a drum brake due to the fact of needing a third lever.
So are the stock brakes good enough or should I consider one of the other set-ups?
I know there are hundreds of posts on here about brakes but I couldn't find any where weight was mentioned. Surely that needs to be part of the discussion.
Thanks for the time,