Yet another brake question. A bit of a variation on the Ďdrag brake or notí theme.
(and yes, Iíve read quite a few of the posts on brakes)
My wife and I have been riding the tandem for the past 9 or 10 months. Weíve done around 2000km and our typical ride now is around 50 to 70 kms. We live in a reasonably hilly area with a couple of 400-500 metre (1300ft-1600ft) climbs and a 780 metre (2500ft) climb. V brakes front and back. We did the research, read the threads and decided against a drum drag brake and things have been ok. Iím quite experienced in descending and we descend pretty quickly. Oh yes, itís a KHS Alite with 26Ē wheels, Vittoria Rubino Pro slick (1.5) pumped up to 85-90 PSI. Our weight around 350lbs.
Getting to the question:
Weíre heading to Switzerland to do the National Route 9 Ė Lakes Route Ė in June for our first tandem touring trip. http://veloland.myswitzerland.com/en...e&art=national The descents donít appear to be any different to what we have experienced around here, however, we will be loaded for touring. Our preference is still not to get a drum drag brake for one trip (or maybe one trip a year ) but I guess thatís what Iím trying to decide now. We will probably use Vittoria Randonneur Pros (1.50) for touring as there are going to be some patches of unsurfaced path although we are still not sure if weíll stick to the Rubinoís
How do you tell if youíre in trouble with rims about to overheat?
Are there brake pads that lessen the likelihood of this happening?
Do you think we really need a drum drag brake?
Any advice/comment would be appreciated.