Touring bike brakes

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by cd667, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. cd667

    cd667 New Member

    Jun 24, 2004
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    Hi everyone.

    I'm a big rider, 250lbs, and I often use my touring bike with a lot of luggage (I've been known to ride to work with double pannier bags filled with paper!). I would like to explore better options for brakes.

    I'm really curious and wanted to ask your opinion - have any of you ever set up V brakes on a touring bike with drop handlebars and cantilever levers? I know people make a big deal about choosing v-brake levers to go with v-brakes, but what happens if you don't? Also, is it only tradition that keeps the majority of these usually very high quality bikes using cantilevers, or is there something I'm missing?

    I know there exists an aero V brake lever (Dia compe 287), but are there any others (preferrably for less money), or has anyone used travel adaptors?.

    One other thing - is there anywhere that still sells Magura HS66s? I have read lots of good things about them on the web, but nowhere seems to sell them anymore. The idea of low maintenance brakes is really appealing to me.