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Hey guys the brakes on my road bike barely work at all and it is time for me to get some new ones. I would like to keep my brake levers and shifters if possible, and only change the caliper set.

Does anyone know know which brakes would fit with the levers I have? I bought this road bike off of Craigslist so I don't know the exact components but here are some pictures.





I was thinking of getting the Avid Single Digit 7, does anyone know if those would work with my brake levers?

I don't want to spend more than $300 I use this bike for commuting and not going off road mainly, any advice would be much appreciated.
 

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I was trying to repair these brakes a while back and accidentally broke them by losing one of the parts.
 

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it looks like you have the mini V style brakes which are awesome for use with road levers on cross bikes. However they are meant to work on the cable pull of a cant lever not a V and this is what is likely causing your problem. Avid single digit series brakes were my favorites in the days of rim brakes, I wouldn't get the 7's for a craigslist clunker though.

A lot of the Shimano brake levers had adjustable cable pull built into them. Might be worth playing with the shims in there to see if that helps your problem out.
 

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The shoes may have hardened up a bit at the breaking suface. When the rubber gets hard it won't bite the rim. A fresh set of shoes won't cost $30 let alone $300!
Also make sure the angle of the shoes mate with the rims. You might also want all the parts to the system!
 

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New brakes are in order then, your brake levers are for V/linear-brakes. Your current setup is not an ideal brake combo(as customfab astutely noted). Grab some tektro, shimano deore/lx or SD 5/7 brakes, whatever is best bang for the buck.
 
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