No real stopping power it the breaks which are “V” brakes (brake shoes gripping wheel rims).
The old brake shoes were “gone” poor material or just contaminated. Cleaned off the rims and used a bit of fine Emory to clean surface and Meths to remove any oil residue.
New set of brake shoes (£14) and now brilliant.
Surprised at the price of brake shoes prices range from £4 a pair up to £18 a pair, two pairs being required.
Had to re-learn the setting up of “ V” brakes as been using Disc brake since 2004 on my bikes. Ann’s bike had V brakes but they were a top end stuff off my old MTB from 1997.
There is a vast difference between basic to top end brakes both in efficiency and ease of setting up.
“ V” brakes still widely used by the Pro’s but they are switching to Disc, more so if there is a lot of downhill section in a race or rain.