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    new bike tips

    hi folks, just want to run this bye you, got a new bike recently, all set up solidly and running nicely, 1 thing brakes ........ ?
    Black rims, polished sides, with pad breaks = sandpaper ?
    might as well be butter on there at the moment...lots of foot downs....
    thanks in advance.

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    what r u talking about?

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    best I can tell he is having trougble with his brakes to the point of having to put his feet down to stop. If the bike is new and setup correctly then he should not be haiving brake problems. Almost sounds like something is on the rims? OIL ??? Bike Polish????? Grease? Butter???? lol Really if your bike is setup correctly and you have decent pads then there is no reason other than some contaminent on the rims/pads that would give you poor braking.

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    maybe his brake pads are like sandpaper

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    If everything is lined up correctly - clean your rims and your brake pads with Simple Green (if you can find some) or Formula 409 if you can't. Last resort is Windex, but that is not as good as a grease cutter like 409 and nothing beats Simple Green for cleaning your brakes.

    Also, spray some Tri-Flow oil into your brake cables at all junction points to make your brakes slide smoother.

    Finally - if you want brakes that work. Throw out your crappy black rims and get some chrome plated rims and never worry about brakes again.

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    OK, should explain myself in english this time.....woops.

    Yup braking seems real poor, doesn't seem to squeeze tight enough to stop effectively.
    Wondered ; with new pads, and polished rims if I should sandpaper to create a bit of friction, sure I did that years ago . Seems to be the finish on both that is the problem (i.e too smooth) it might just need running in, or I might try different pads see if I can sort it.
    ; thanks for advice and happy ridin

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    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! that actually makes sense. just get chrome plated rims like BMXTRIX said, theyre like the best for braking (i think)

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    You can sandpaper new brake pads to get rid of any wax that may have been put on them to protect them during storage. But, NEVER sand your rims unless they are really old aluminum rims.

    Chrome plated rims will probably never even need to be cleaned.

    Usually the single biggest problem with brakes is that you have NOT PROPERLY LUBED YOUR CABLES - or you don't have chrome plated rims.

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    yeah i have anodized rims and i have the smae problem. but its all good.

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    Be "cool" and ride brakeless..

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    cool, makes sense, just back in from a ride and dark now, so gonna sand brakes tomorrow - glasspaper a mate advised me, and also lube , reckon that'll be it, thanks all
    FYI Rims = SE Aluminium with ground sidewall (basically anodized black and ground down to the aluminium on the sidewalls)
    cheers
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    how did you grind off the annodization?

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    sandpaper

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    yoz, you talk wierd
    These Darn Training Wheels

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    i thikn hes a brit or a australian.

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    they were already ground down to the aluminium when I got them
    * UK,I talk wierd in real life as well

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    ok, cuz i have sun bfr rims and they were annodized black, and sandpaper wouldnt do anything

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    yoz, where in the hell do you come from??

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    London ( England) ,

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