I say quick, not because of how fast I went, but how quickly I came home again! The brakes both front and rear could at best be said to be ornamental rather that useful.The front brake leaver could be puled back until it touched the the twist-grip without much of anything happening, the rear nothing at all. It didn't however take long to see why, despite Ariel's having a rather useful adjuster under the brake shoe pivots to allow for wear in the shoes some previous owner had decided not to bother with any of that and wound up the cable (and rear rod) adjusters until there wasn't any adjustment left. Why do people do that? What do they think that square on the brake back-plate is for? The result was that both brake arms puled over a right angle so even if they did contact the brake drum they weren't going to do much anyway. Both happily responded to the correct adjustment, although I did replace the the front shoes (there was a difference of about 2mm difference in the thickness of the lining between the the old and new). As result I was able to restore the two adjusters (cable and Rod) so that the brake arms now have a much better angle. Another road test next.