V-Brakes, center-pull calipers, side-pull calipers, cantilevers, disc, whatever. No bicycle brake works as well as a decent automobile brake. Then again, I don’t want 100lbs worth of brake on my bike.
The cantilever brakes on my LHT (cantis for short) aren’t great. I changed brake pads and adjusted toe-in a few months ago, and I have slightly more stopping power, but the front brakes squeal. The left brake arm on the front had also not been pulling away from the wheel completely when releasing the brake.
I’ll be riding 100 miles on that bike next Sunday. I don’t want a dragging brake the whole time.
I pulled the front brakes off the bike and cleaned everything today. I re-lubed the necessary parts and reinstalled, paying careful attention to what hole the return spring sits into. The return spring was the issue with the left brake arm. The brakes work much better. They’re adjusted better for more stopping power. The brake arm returns away from the rim when I release the lever.
But, the damn things still squeal. Gah!