[quote=Recumbentist]I think it is funny how rim brakes have suddenly become unacceptably bad. I was listening to a cyclingtips podcast and they made riding with rim brakes sound positively dangerous.
I have never once been in a situation with carbon rims and rim brakes where I was like golly I wish I had more braking power. Actually I take that back, the only time discs would be really nice is on one steep, very potholed and dangerous gravel descent I take frequently, and just because they’re an easier squeeze.
Not saying that I dislike disc brakes or anything, nor am I deliberately going to go out of my way to avoid them on my personal bikes, just that they are no more necessary for your average rider riding around at 18 mph than a top-end fancy race bike.[/quote]
Yup to all of this…
The only time rim brakes ever scared me where it wasn’t my own fault somehow (super dirty pads/rims, or lazy/bad setup of cantis) was the first time I rode a Schwinn Varsity with its steel rims down a steep hill in the rain.