Finally! I finally got around to replacing the shoes on the Rising Star's front brake.
It seems like something I could have done anytime in the past few months, except there were always plenty of other things getting in the way. Anyway, that's done and the difference is considerable. Of course you still need a healthy, manly squeeze of the lever but they really do work much better. Witold was on deck, as always, to lend a hand with a few things, thanks bro.
Below is a detail of one of the adjusters as seen through the hub: keep an eye on these from time to time and it'll help keep your brake working well.