07 Schwinn Voyageur GSD, Next Avalon, 2007 Dahon Yeah
Are my disc brake pads wearing down?
How can I tell if my disc brakes are wearing down? Every once in a while I hear a humming sound when I brake and, i think, it's from the rear brake. I'd hate to take apart the whole thing down there since I'm not so mechanically inclined. Is there something I should look for with a flashlight?
BTW, these are mechanical disc brakes that came on this used schwinn bike I picked up on CL.
Should be as simple as looking down at the pads with a flashlight. With them set up correctly you should be able to see how much wear is left on the pad. If it is uneven or really close to the mounts it needs replacement, which in mechanical brakes is fairly easy. If the pads check out then try cleaning the discs with rubbing alcohol or disc brake cleaner.