What can I use to clean my rims?
Simple green and cheap break pads do not get along well.
Here is my story.
I have a Mercier Aquila AL bike with mostly Tiagra. The brakes are Tektro with the Trktro pads that came with the bike.
The front break started to squel a bit. So I came here asked some questions did some reading and felt I could fix the problem. When I cleaned the rims, I used Simple green and paper towel. Bad choice. The front break squeled like a banshee. I swear dogs miles away were cursing me for the noise the brakes now made.
So I took it to the LBS. I explained what I did and asked them to adjust the front and rear brakes and to get rid of the squeling. The only way they were able to get rid of the noise in front was to replace the pads. On the back they were able to adjust the minor noise out.
I thought ok so I just got a bad set of brake pads, no bigge. This was a month ago
This last weekend the back brakes started to make a little noise again. No problem, they were adjusted just a month ago. So I thought just cleaning the rims would take care of the noise. Grabbed the simple green and paper towel and cleaned both front and back rims.
No problem on teh front, still nice and quiet. The backs however scare dogs and cats for miles around. The only thing I can figure is the base/cheap model tektro brake pads and simple green do not play nice.
So I am getting new brake pads for the rear, probably will get Ultegra pads as the LBS carries those and has some in stock that will fit.
Should I continue to clean with simple green? Or is there a better way to clean the rims?