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Old 04-16-11, 01:10 PM   #1
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What brakes am I looking for?

I'm looking to get some brake pads: inserts for my Trek (late model sidepulls--an '07 Pilot 1.2--I don't recall seeing any sort of model/type markings on them, I'm guessing they are generic 700c brake pad inserts?), and Koolstops for my '69 Raleigh 3 speed. What model numbers am I looking for--or do I just go by the pictures when I order? [IOW, if they look the right shape, then they are.]

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It goes by the brand of the brake or the metal holder if only replacing a slide-in insert. Checking the trek specs the brakes appear to be Shimano, or a Shimano analog, so you'd need any one piece molded Kool Stop road shoe, ie. Supra-2 or the Dura-Ace insert pads to slide into the metal holders (if you have them).

BTW- if you currently have molded shoes and ride a lot, you might replace them with metal holders with slide inserts. This will cost more now, but less later on since the inserts are about half the cost of one-piece shoes.
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BTW- if you currently have molded shoes and ride a lot, you might replace them with metal holders with slide inserts. This will cost more now, but less later on since the inserts are about half the cost of one-piece shoes.
+1. Not only will the inserts cost less but they will be easier to install too. Once you have the holders aligned properly with the rim, changing the pads only requires removing the retaining bolt, slipping out the old pads, inserting the new pads and replacing the bolt. You may have to reset the pad clearance with the adjusting barrel or cable tension but you have to do this with any brake shoe or pad change.
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My Trek has inserts already; just don't what they are called (would hate to order the model--am hoping road inserts are road inserts).

Technically, my Raleigh has inserts too; but I'm not anticipating wearing out molded pads all that quickly. I just need a cheap upgrade for that, to replace the dried out pads.
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The problem is that folks use terms like shoe and pad interchangeably so you can't go by anything short of saying "slide-in insert" for Shimano road holders (all are the same, but the mtn bike version is different).

Visit the KoosStop site for pictures, then get them from your preferred source. If you ride in the rain buy the Salmon inserts as they have better wet traction.
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My Trek has inserts already; just don't what they are called (would hate to order the model--am hoping road inserts are road inserts).
I'm going to assume that your Trek has Tektro brakes if they aren't marked as a specific Shimano model. Tektro road brake pad holders take the same inserts as Shimano road pad holders and Kool Stop calls these "Dura Type" pads.
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