thank you to ALL OF YOU! you all nailed it, and Tinkeric, that link was very helpful. so i guess my brakes simply the traditional nut style, rather than the recessed type.
i will post on the iso/wtb board as you suggested Bob Barker.
as far as the brakes... the problem isn't the pad. the problem is that they're sidepulls and they don't open back up after released. that is to say, that the brakes are centered on the rim, then the lever is pulled and the brakes grab the rim. then if i let go of the lever, only one side of the calipers comes off the rim, the other is stationary.
i'm building it up as a singlespeed. actually, it's pretty much done. i just need a brake. stopping is pretty important to me.
Last edited by iamjared; 05-27-08 at 11:58 AM.