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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Bikes: 1959 Bottecchia Professional (frame), 1966 Bottecchia Professional (in progress...), 1971 Bottecchia Professional (frame), 1973 Bottecchia Gran Turismo, 1974 Bottecchia Special (in progress...), 1977 Bottecchia Special (frame), 1974 Peugeot UO-8
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Replacement brake pads
Hi All - what recommendations do you have for replacement brake pads. I see no reason to use NOS brake pads and would prefer to use Kool Stops but I haven't tried them for my vintage bikes. I have two types of pads to replace: Universals and MAFACs.
Harris Cyclery lists Kool Stops for Nuovo Record with demensions of the dovetail fitting at 12 mm wide, 9 mm at the narrow section, 40 mm overall length. It's not easy to measure breakpads but my original pads measure around:
Width: 10mm at the narrow point, 12mm at the rear
Width: 8mm at the narrow point, 9mm at the rear
So neither are a perfect fit. Harris says the NR pads will fit MAFAC but they look aweful short to me. And too long for the Universals. Their Continentals look like they would work for anything but are butt ugly.
Currently I'm using those cheapy replacement holders/pads you can pick up at any LBS for the Universals and some really ugly canti pads for the MAFACs.
1959 Bottecchia Professional (frame), 1966 Bottecchia Professional, 1971 Bottecchia Professional (frame),
1973 Bottecchia Gran Turismo, 1974 Bottecchia Special, 1977 Bottecchia Special (frame),
1974 Peugeot UO-8, 1988 Panasonic PT-3500, 2002 Bianchi Veloce, 2004 Bianchi Pista