- softness of rubber in brake blocks - soft rubber (more latex) wears off faster but gives a better friction, thus a more efficient brake; it's the same thing with climbing shoes sole
- correct placing of washers
- adding a brake booster (horseshoe)
- changing the cable sheaths with ones that have the plastic reinforced with steel wire - this will keep them always open and perfectly cylindrical
- oiling the the inner steel cable (runs through the cable sheaths) which pulls the V brakes
Another piece that improves your V brakes is the Horseshoe Brake Booster. I adopted this for my bike and even though I cannot feel a real difference, my frame doesn't expand anymore.
Other resources for brake performance and brake kits can be found here, here and here.
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