I had to get new brakes for the bike. The ones that came with it, u brakes I think they are called, were OK to start with, but were fading into nothingness. In part I think because of the sand that grinds them away so very fast!
I very nearly rear ended a car twice, cause I couldn't stop as fast as they could.
Just a wee bit embarrassing, no?
Anyway, I went into our neighbourhood bike store, that had also sponsored the local trail race I was sweep in, and asked them about prices etc. The man in the store speaking Spanish the entire time, and me in Catalan, what the hey.....the price was (cough) reasonable, and he said he could do it FAST, now that's something I like to hear.....
So I left 'em the bike and look what they did for me!
Pretty, no? Still nice and clean and shiny! That probably won't last long, but for the time being.....and they brake really really well, instead of squeezing the bejeezus out of the brake levers and praying I stopped in time, I just give them a light tap and pray I don't pop over the handlebars.
I am getting better at scooching my butt further back off the seat when I brake hard!