I also posted this over in the brake forum but almost everyone there runs disk brakes. I figured in the commuting forum there would be other people running rim brakes that might have valuable contributions.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
I finally have a V-brake setup that works with my narrow rims and I'm pretty happy with them. However, I'm still not completely satisfied with my braking. The problem is that my rims have a hard anodized surface that has become glazed over years of use.
When I had my cantilevers, only the corners of the pads touched the narrow rims but if I really horsed on the levers the KoolStop reds would scream and chatter but I would stop on a dime. Often, a panic stop like this would result in the pads being twisted out of alignment requiring readjustment.
Quick stops are important because I commute 25 miles a day on this bike. I've already had one close call since installing the V-brakes and frankly, I found myself wishing the braking was more sudden and aggressive. Basically, I'm looking for relatively grabby brakes. I should also mention that I will also be riding in the rain.
BTW...I'm not worried about rim wear because the anodizing is insanely tough. I've tried various abrasives to remove it or rough it up and nothing touches it.
So what's the consensus among riders here? Kool Stop (gray, red, salmon, black?), Shimano, Avid, Aztec...etc.
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