Nothing to do with brakes. My brakes are fine (see below). Two years ago, a driver & his mates got out of their car & tried to attack me. That prompted my introduction to the cycle camera. Six months ago a contractor's (escorted) concrete truck pulled out right in front of me 100 yards from my desk (good brakes & reactions saved me). Six weeks later, the same contractor did the same thing (escorted concrete truck) on another junction 100 yards in the opposite direction (again good brakes saved me). (Private land not public highway, taken it up with the relevant people - contractor has changed their escorting practices & had a "litigation special" apology). Second was caught on film & it was still contested! Then my camera got stolen (long story). "Fortunately" I'm on a reduced hour fit note (sciatica) so can choose to leave later/earlier when I can't go out otherwise I wouldn't be going at all. However, I'm still extremely nervous about cycling to work. I'm on the verge of giving in but the car is too slow & train too expensive. Sorry for the ramble.