In a message dated 12/20/2001 1:00:17 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> A caliper brake system consists of 4 parts:
> *The levers
> *The cables
> *The calipers
> *The brake shoes
All the above read and understood. For some (a lot?) of us we wouldn't want to change the calipers, or the levers. Not because they're better but because they "belong" to the bike. That leaves the cables and brake shoes. Lined cablehousing works wonders and is not obviously new looking; as do better pads or sometimes new, fresh versions of the old pads. What about the straddle wire on Weinmanns and similiar calipers? Is there anything to be gained by trying to make this adjustable as on Mafac or changing the yoke to a wider one? I have a couple straddle wires of uncertain origin which are doubled, that is two wires doing the job where normally there is one. Maybe they were trying to increase stifness or the liability lawyer was helping design?