Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lenexa, KS
Bikes: 06 Trek 1200 - 98 DB Outlook - 99 DB Sorrento
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Metal in brake pads?
At first I thought it might be just because I had a brand new bike with new brakes and new wheels, but it's kind of getting out of control now.
I can only ride about 50-100 miles on my road bike before I start to get massive amounts of grinding noise coming from the brake pads. When I take the pads out, there are pieces of metal that almost look like flaky pencil lead in all my pads. I'm kind of assuming it's aluminum from my wheels, though. From what I can tell, the chunks of metal get more prominent as time goes on, as they scrape more and more microscopic layers off of my rims.
This is a Trek 1200 with the OEM brake pads and wheels.
Has anyone seen this before? Right now, I take the pads off the bike every time I clean it, and with a pointy object, pry the pieces of metal out of the brake pads. It's getting pretty old, though. Would new brake pads (Kool Stop, for example) fix it, or is this something else?