Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes: 06 Lemond Reno, 98 GT Timberline mtn.bike
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You do need to get that rust off of the braking surface! It will eat up brake pads fairly quickly if you don't. Since the brake pads that are on there now are probably already bad, ride the bike while dragging the brake. The pads should wear off the rust. But make sure that rust is off before putting on new pads, or you'll just eat them up as well. Also sounds like the brake may need a good adjustment, even with the rust, would think it would do better than a slow stop.