Question on brakes
I have a Masi steel frame road/touring bike that I really like and want to use for gravel/trails/roads, only gap I see is the brakes. The levers and callipers are tecktro and the brakes don't work well on gnarly descents. Are there different brakes I could use to improve braking? FYI I have downtube shifters on the bike. Also, would be nice if the callipers can accommodate larger tires (32mm on there right now).
Pics would be really helpful.
Does this bike use road bike calipers? What brake pads are on there and when were they last replaced? Have you cleaned the rim braking surface lately? Are the brake cables/housing new? A little maintenance can dramatically improve their performance.
As to alternatives, is your bike equipped with dual post mounts, i.e. can you install individual cantilever or v-brake arms to the frame and fork? If not, then you probably want to search the forums at roadbikereview.com for long reach calipers. Canti's and mini v-brakes will fit larger tires but you may want to check the clearance between the tire and chainstays, first, to see if going bigger is even an option.
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