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    Kool Stop:What will fit?

    I have a set of Shimano Long reach A550 brakes. They come with the standard Shimano pad. These are not Ultegra level so the pad is not attached to a holder. I bought some kool stops from Harris Cyclery and had one heck of time installing them. As the calipers are dual pivot, the brakes pads are offset (higher on one side lower on the other) but I could not get the shoes &holders to fit. It was very difficult to aatach them to the brake arms. They only fit at one position. I ran them for about 2 days but went back to the stock pads as they gave me better response. I can't return the pads becuase they are used but I would like to use a salmon kool stop for the up coming winter. Any ideas as to which pad will fit? The exisitng stock shoe attaches via an allen nut and the pad is has a threaded post. I looked at the shimano replacement kool stops but they look to have the same mounting hardware as the ones I have now. They are a bit pricey so if anyone could tell me what would work I would appreciate it. Also I do not want to file the brake arms to accept the shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fender1
    I have a set of Shimano Long reach A550 brakes. They come with the standard Shimano pad. These are not Ultegra level so the pad is not attached to a holder. I bought some kool stops from Harris Cyclery and had one heck of time installing them. As the calipers are dual pivot, the brakes pads are offset (higher on one side lower on the other) but I could not get the shoes &holders to fit. It was very difficult to aatach them to the brake arms. They only fit at one position. I ran them for about 2 days but went back to the stock pads as they gave me better response. I can't return the pads becuase they are used but I would like to use a salmon kool stop for the up coming winter. Any ideas as to which pad will fit? The exisitng stock shoe attaches via an allen nut and the pad is has a threaded post. I looked at the shimano replacement kool stops but they look to have the same mounting hardware as the ones I have now. They are a bit pricey so if anyone could tell me what would work I would appreciate it. Also I do not want to file the brake arms to accept the shoes.
    You don't say which model Kool Stops you used. My favorite for this type of caliper is the "Mountain" model, that's what I use, and it really should fit OK. The only area where I've seen fit issues is on some bikes the clearance in front between the fork blade and the rim is too tight, since these pads are longer in back than in front. Can you be more specific about the problem?

    Anyway, if the pads you bought from us don't work for you, you may return them.

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    Hi,

    I bought the pads 4/18/06 and used them so I did not think they were returnable. I only mentioned Harris Cylery in my post as a potential reference point for people to view the different types of kool stops available. I am in no way dissatisfied with my experience in purchasing anything from Harris Cylery (Quite he opposite! and if my post came off that way I apologize, it was not my intent. I am building a winter bike and wanted to use the kool stops w/ the Shimano brakes I mentioned previously. Can I use the mountain pads? I will be running 700cc wheels w/ 32mm Schwalbes and 35 mm 106 Nokians when winter sets in. I asked at my LBS and was told ,perhaps incorrectly, that the mountain pads would not work. I had seen them on some of the bikes in the pictures you posted about your personal bikes. If they will work that would be great I will order them today. By the way I have used your site and succesfully cold set the frame my old schwinn world voyaguer to take the nexus 8 hub, drill out the front fork for the new brake, use the front brake on the rear and got the instructions for replacing the bottom bracket w. a sealed unit. so THANKS! Also I was wondering I have 46 tooth chainring and was thinking of running a 22 rear cog on the Nexus hub. I have some hills on my commute ("the wall "in manayunk/philadelphia is one), I used you gear calculator but am not sure how to equate the gearing to my Trek road bike (triple w/ 6 spd freewheel) any tips? Thanks again .

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    Sorry forgot to mention they were the dura holder and the issue was that the mounting allen nut was to big to move up and down in the slot on the brake arm

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    Quote Originally Posted by fender1
    I am building a winter bike and wanted to use the kool stops w/ the Shimano brakes I mentioned previously. Can I use the mountain pads? I will be running 700cc wheels w/ 32mm Schwalbes and 35 mm 106 Nokians when winter sets in.
    It has nothing to do with the tires. They will certainly work in back, the question is whether they'll clear in front, and that is an issue of the clearance between the rim and the fork blade. Actually, even if they don't clear there, they could be installed backwards.

    Quote Originally Posted by fender1
    I have 46 tooth chainring and was thinking of running a 22 rear cog on the Nexus hub. I have some hills on my commute ("the wall "in manayunk/philadelphia is one), I used you gear calculator but am not sure how to equate the gearing to my Trek road bike (triple w/ 6 spd freewheel) any tips?
    That sounds like awfully low gearing.

    You should run the Trek's current gearing in the calculator for derailer gears at:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/gears

    Then you can compare the results with the internal gear numbers from

    http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/internal.html

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