So there I am biking down Chestnut St back to Center City. I'm heading down a hill and approaching a stop light. I hit the breaks. I hear something snap. The left brake feels all loose. The cable snapped! But the right one was still there intact and I hit it harder and it held.
I had a bit of a panic for a sec there, thinking I'd go hurtling into traffic, but all is well.
I headed straight for my trusty bike shop, Frankenstein Bike Worx [1529 Spruce St]. The Doc hooked me up with a new cable for $4.28 and showed me how to put it on myself when I got home. About five minutes of fiddling and whammo, I got me a better than when I bought it front break. I tightened it a bit.
If you're need some bike work done, I wholeheartedly endorse Frankenstein Bike Worx. I've been going there for everything I've ever needed since getting my bike here about 1.5 years ago. A new bike seat, new tires, new wheels, bike lock... You name it, he's got it in there. It may be buried under layers of other bike guts, but he's got it. If he doesn't have it, you don't need it. So stop asking for it and leave him alone. If you have a Huffy, don't bother going there, he'll laugh you out of the store, or maybe he'll get you to buy a real bike.