Bicycle Mechanics - Brakes sound horrible
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04-21-05, 09:59 AM
My rear brake has a dry, scratchy, scraping sound to it. I checked the pads and there does not appear to be any grit or gravel caught in them, plus they have only 300 miles. I also cleaned off the contact point all the way around the rim, both sides, but no change. I have bontrager race lite rims and ultegra brake pads. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. thanks
04-21-05, 10:14 AM
I've heard good things about Ultegra pads . . . like . . . you're not *stuck* with them.
First, search the forum for "brake squeal." Same basic deal. You'll want to clean the rims' braking surfaces (isopropyl alcohol works) and the brake pads (sandpaper or a flat file).
If that doesn't work, replace 'em. Kool-stops rule the free world. Cheap enough. Great bang for the buck.
04-21-05, 11:42 AM
Yeah, if they arn't down to the metal or anything, and you can't find any reason for the noise, replace them.
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