Things sounded dry on a ride home from my LBS with my new used fixer-upper tandem. It came with brand new Salsa Gordo rims/ tandem hubs and a new sugino crankset and sora FD. (sweet!)
There was no back brake and no rear seatpost, so I rode it over to my LBS to make sure the spec'd 26.6 sp would fit. Oops. I think I put a year's worth of wear in the rim....
I pulled the canti pads and saw that they were rock hard and basically silver on the braking surface. Yikes. Things sounded dry on that quick ride, but I didn't realize they looked that bad. I felt around the machine surface, and there are no bad gouges or anything, and all the ridges are still there... but the surface does feel rougher than the rear rim (both salsa gordos).
Should I smooth things out before putting the bike to heavy use -- or just let natural pad/rim wear take care of things, and maybe replace/check the pads more often for a while?
I don't think I did any serious damage-- these are pretty tough rims-- but I wondered whether I should do anything to them to minimize any future damage.