Re: Firmstrong cruiser? Lurker starting out
Vbrake vs. Drum, from my limited experience:
My original vbrake was grannies than the drum I have now, but I didn't trust it as much. I switched to drum because one of the brake bosses ended up being bent. Not sure if it was like that from the beginning, or if the braking from high speed bent it, but the pad wouldn't align properly. The pads were wearing pretty quickly, too (stock Schwinn junk).
So, even though the drum brake doesn't stop me as quickly, I trust that it won't suddenly fail entirely.