My brakes are squeeling loudly on my older hybrid bike. I bought a new set of quality pads last year. I think they were Salmon brand. That stopped the squeeking for a long time. Now once again they squeek loudly when I apply the brakes hard. Is there any way to prevent this by cleaning the rim with something special? It is very embarassing when you go to hard brake and you sound like some old dump truck coming to a stop.
Can I use some abrasive like emory board to clean the pad faces themselves? I suspect they have become hard from use. It seems when I wipe the dust off the wheels the squeeking is reduced for a period but never goes totally away. I can't believe you have to change brake pads every 6 months to keep them from squeeking. The pads are like new.