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assuming your brakes are clean, well maintained, aligned, right and tight; sounds like you need to get the brakes HOT to help them bed in. Find the steepest tarmac deserted road that you know. Going at about 5-10 MPH, do an emergency stop on one brake only. On no account lock the wheels and have overriding regard for staying under control. Do this a few ...
I don't know whether the v-brake replacements fit in. However, normal cantilever brake pads are very easy to find. When you don't find a replacement insert, just order some entire brake pads. You will probably get just as good braking pads for the same price. Edit: Perhaps ask these guys: http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/brakeshoes.html#dura.
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