Old 12-18-18, 06:30 AM
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Cheap pads (which this bike certainly came with) can really suck. First thing I would do is replace those with the Kool Stop pads recomended above.

Going from crappy pads to good pads makes a HUGE difference in my experience.

Second, look at the brake cable routing and make sure there is not a bunch of extra slack. Shorten if need be.

That is about all I would do on this bike, but if you really want to get fancy, replace the stock brake housing with compressionless brake housing everywhere except the short section that leads to the rear caliper.
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