I am from the mid-Hudson Valley too. Are the daffodils emerging? As a kid there were 90 Acres of apples behind our house and a horsey estate on three sides. Beautiful country with purple hills. Brakes: 1) Rim Brakes with 945mm shoes as an upgrade. 2) Mechanical disc brakes. 3) Hydraulic disc brakes. Hydraulics are best and will lock it up but it takes skill and mess to bleed them and vapor lock is another issue when making a decent in the Summer. 2) Mechanical discs are more modular and easier to adjust, just use good pads. 1) Rim brakes are softer, more modular, much easier to adjust but need to shed one revolution of water.