I've understood I could use the pads that come with the brakes, but they'd make terrible sound and the braking surfaces would eat them up real quick. Not sure if this is true, but so I've read.
So I think the best thing to do would be to buy KoolStops that are intended to be used with ceramic rims. As I am a newbie, I'd like to know which model of the KoolStop I should get? Do TRPs use Shimano or Campagnolo "shaped" pads and so forth?
Oh yes: the bike in question is not finished yet. I am just trying to plan ahead.
Asked Harris Cyclery for their opinion. Got an answer in less than an hour.
It should be more than okay to use normal pads with ceramic Open Pros. They've used salmon pads with the said rims and have had no problems whatsoever. Still, as they couldn't vouch for all ceramic rims, other makes might be harder on normal pads.
I have Mavic ceramic rims on 3 of my 4 bikes. Oldest build is 1995. Most of my experience is with Campagnolo brakes including Campy brake pads. My experience has been that the original set of pads may wear down (on a new rim) within 1,000 miles or so, depending on your usage. After that, pads will last for a long time. I've also used the Kool Stop green ceramic specific pads also with no issues --wear issues or otherwise.