Hey, I`ve had my bike down in my basement for a couple years and finally got it out and started riding again but my front brakes are sliding too much. The brake pads are plenty thick but the front rims feel pretty smooth. I was wondering what I could do to get them sticky again. I was thinking about sanding the rims with some rough sand paper or something like that... any ideas???
Sanding the rims will wear them out a lot faster than they would otherwise have worn out.
You'll probably find that the surface of your brake pads has become fairly hard and smooth/shiny while the bike has been in storage.
Quickest bang for the buck: rough up the surface of the pad with a bit of sandpaper, which you can do without taking them off the bike. If you don't have any sandpaper handy, take the brake pads off and rub them across a concrete surface for the same effect. You want the surface that contacts the rim to not have any gloss or shine at all.
you know what works real well? ripping them things off haha. no but yeah roughing up the brake pads with sandpaper helps and if that doesnt work THEN i would rough the rim up slightly. but please dont purposely spill soda on your rim, people are soo dumb for doing that.
i suppose you have a valid point fuzzy. but i guess personally i cant see myself with a can of coke pouring it all over my rims, so many other options to consider ya know
I've never seen anything else work as well if complete brake locking is desired. Not very good for feathering your brakes, but for someone like me who primarily does nose pick, abubaca and tailtap combos on spines, nothing comes close