[CR] Braking efficiency (not)

Example: Racing:Jean Robic

From: <kfhume@hotmail.com>
To: Classic Rendezvous <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <002201c9dd36$2280f920$2f01a8c0@danbarbpc>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 13:58:04 +0100
Subject: [CR] Braking efficiency (not)


My winter bike is a Peugeot P10E and this still has the original standard chrome plated 27 x 1.25 steel rims and Weinman 600 side pull brakes. The rims have picked up a few bulges / dings over the years.

My problem is that this bike is carrying a 230 lb load (me) and the brakes are just not sufficiently effective to pull up in short order. Should I change to alloy rims and if yes can anyone provide a recommendation for a good substitute or any other suggestion to increase stopping power.


Ken Hume
London, England.