Brian Gootee, Certified BGFit Technician at Gray Goat Sports says to avoid a long weight get your bike in to his shop for a tune up that way when the weather finally breaks you and the kids will be ready to ride!
Also Brian will take your questions or comment on the Indy Style website This question came in just last week from a viewer -"What are the best brakes and shifters to have on your bike?"
"That is a huge question with lots of different answers depending on the type of bicycle and style of riding...
as with everything manufactures make a wide variety of brakes and shifters that carry different price points depending on what may be appropriate. That being said what is "best" may not be best for you based on what you have or your budget. If you bring your bike in we can certainly help you thru figuring out what you need. Watch Indy Style to see Brian address this question.