Bicycle Mechanics - KoolStop pads on steel rims?
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10-29-05, 06:09 PM
I've got an old Schwinn Corvette with steel rims and some new orange koolstop pads to fit the brake calipers. For the likes of me I can't remember if there were two Koolstop pads back in the day, one compound for steel, one for alloy.
I have a dim memory this was the case and I don't want to turn the old schwinn into a raindeath sled. Anyone remember the compatability of Koolstop orange pads on steel rims?
10-29-05, 07:09 PM
They're not ORANGE, they're SALMON!!! GET IT RIGHT!!! :mad:
10-29-05, 08:53 PM
whatever, buff. Do you even know they used to make bikes out of steel, not just the rims? ;)
I seem to remember two different Kookstop pad compounds, one for steel, one for alloy, and want to avoid a real slippery situation if the 'salmon' Kookstops are not meant for steel rims.
10-29-05, 08:58 PM
the price of 2 sets of cool-stop pad sets will get you a used bike that you can raid for a front wheel and better braking.
and what's that comment about steel bikes supposed to mean?
10-29-05, 09:13 PM
I've already got the brake blocks, and I even have alloy wheels I could swap out on the bike. But I don't want to.
obviously you don't have any beta on koolstops on steel.
The comment meant, "you sound like an idiot who rides an alloy gaspiper with steel rims you got at Wally World."
Oh man, I hate steel rims.
10-29-05, 09:48 PM
rahter thank asking stupid questions about brake pads and steel rims, use your alloy rim. steel rims are heavier and brake worse. only thing good about them is that they're easier to true, because they flex so much.
10-29-05, 10:15 PM
DUDE, it's a vintage bike, I want to keep the rims steel.
If anyone knows the effectiveness of Mathauser compound brake pads on steel rims I 'd appreciate hearing about it.
10-29-05, 10:20 PM
I betcha Sheldon knows. PM or email him.
10-29-05, 11:33 PM
Don't know about steel rims, but mathousers are FINE pads to work on alloy rims. I used to have an old Schwinn Traveler that came with salmon mathausers... Couldnt wear them out..
Is the surface of you rim smooth or perforated?
How does braking feel? I would suppose it should work fine...
10-30-05, 07:09 AM
The braking is just what you'd expect from steel rims, I don't want to make it worse if koolstop salmons were not the right compound for steel and have to find out the hard way.
11-05-05, 03:46 PM
If you are going to keep your steel rims on the bike, use the Kool stop (red, orange, salmon, whatever color you want to call them). The Mathauser pads work a bit better as they are a bit softer and more abrasive. Key thing is to avoid the hard brakepads that are traditionally black (due to the addition of carbon into the rubber compound). The blacker and shinier the pad, the harder and less abrasive it is. basically, use the pads that you got.
Use the salmon (colored pads, that is).
A million kids with BMX bikes use salmon Koolstops on chrome plated rims for maximum braking effectiveness. I hope that answers your question.
11-06-05, 12:04 AM
I use kool-stop salmon MTB pads on my steel-wheeled peugeot. They work very well, and perform better than expected in the rain. Still nothing amazing, but good enough. I still want to ditch the wheels for some aluminum anyways.
11-06-05, 06:14 AM
the salmon pads on steel it is-thanks, everyone! I have no idea why I was thinking there were both steel and alloy koolstop compounds.
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