Single pivot braking challenges

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  • After discovering vintage single pivot brakes in the rain have the stopping distance of a greased-up, medium-sized ferry with a tail wind on a ski slope, I'm looking for some help before I do some damage.

    What would be the most effective way to upgrade the braking performance:

    A. Upgrade to dual pivot brakes (Tektro dual pivot long drops),

    OR

    B. Upgrade the wheels from the current steel (?) rims to something with an actual brake surface.

    For info, I've already swapped out the standard brake pads for swissstop black pads with little improvement. The single pivot brakes have a lot of flex in them, hence why I'm thinking dual pivots might bite more.

    BUT

    I'm not sure how much is down to the polished/smooth steel (?) rims, and if a wheelset upgrade might be the answer.

    Any info/thoughts would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.


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  • Cheers!

    It looks like a+b=>£ of bike, so I'm probably better of with a new one.

    Unless anyone has a reasonably priced set of wheels going....

  • Kool Stop Salmon pads make a massive difference to braking on steel wheels. I wouldn't expect Swisstop Black to help much.

    With Salmon pads fitted on the Raleigh Sports I sold recently I didn't feel the need to upgrade the brakes or the wheels, which is shame on a vintage bike anyway.

  • Thanks, that's helpful!

  • the stopping distance of a greased-up, medium-sized ferry with a tail wind on a ski slope

    Excellent

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