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Old 10-28-07, 04:52 PM   #1
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Installing Brake Pads

So I switched to some carbon wheels and bought a pair of Bontrager Carbon Stops. The packaging says something about how installing brake pads is difficult and they recommend that you let your dealer switch them out.

Are they smoking something or do I over simplify the installation? I've always just slid them right in and secured them with the bolt.
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If you read the packaging on most bicycle part they will strongly suggest to have it installed by a professional mechanic. Like mentioned they over simplify the installation and many people become intimidated by this. If your capable of taking off the old pads off, installing new pads, and adjusting them properly by all means go ahead and install them.
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So I switched to some carbon wheels and bought a pair of Bontrager Carbon Stops. The packaging says something about how installing brake pads is difficult and they recommend that you let your dealer switch them out.

Are they smoking something or do I over simplify the installation? I've always just slid them right in and secured them with the bolt.
You might want to check that the pads are aligned properly and are not going into the tire etc.
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Old 10-31-07, 09:24 AM   #4
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On the subject of brake pads, I have Ultegra pads on my good bike. When the pads need changing, can I replace just the rubber pad or do I need to change out the housing as well? I ask because I notice that there is a screw on the Ultegra housing that's not existant on the brakes that's on my commuter.
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Change just the pads by removing the screw. I have Ultegra brakes too and I've swapped the pads out a couple of times.
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Are they saying that they are difficult specifically because the wheels are carbon?

It could be the usual risk-management mumbo-jumbo since you are dealing with brakes, and if you do it wrong and get hurt you might want to sue.
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