I have an old Bonney also (71) It's beautiful, and I love it. My buddy refers to it as my "Zip Code Bike". Says you sure don't want to ride it out of your own zip code. Now, as far as the shift/brake pedal situation..........I find that as I switch from one to the other, I have to conciously consider how to stop the thing, every time I approach a stop sign. Of course, if all else fails, you just push down on all the pedals, and pull on all of the levers. It will stop eventually.