>Cross Training>squealing brakes on bike
Right on Hereford...
It's easier to point you to a site than describe it myself. Check out this one:
I do something like the matchbook trick described in that link.
Race Less Train More
Anya...again I wish we were neighbors. DH has like 6 bikes (only rides maybe 4 of them...road, mountain, cyclocross, hybrid...the others are mostly wall art in the garage) and does most of his own maintenance. He LOVES tinkering with people's bikes and getting them ready to roll...he just fixed a co-workers mountain bike this weekend.
I think you got some pretty good advice from the guys here. I hope you can get your bike braking quietly and effectively without too much $$.
Run until the trail runs out.