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    Brake Pad Question - New to cycling!

    Hey folks,

    To cut a long story short, I need some advice/guidance!

    I recently purchased a Cannondale Quick4 2014 (Cannondale Quick 5 2014 Hybrid Bike | Evans Cycles) as I'm embarking on a 60 mile cycle for charity in June!
    I've only had the bike for about 6 weeks but have already noticed the rear break pads are looking considerably worn.

    Is it common for pads to wear out this quickly? Bearing in mind the pads are the one's that came on the bike by default so I'm not sure of their quality.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    No, they shouldn't wear out in 6 weeks. Properly adjusted brakes should last at least a year or two, if not more. Take it back to the bike shop and ask them to replace them under warranty.

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    Hmm that's worrying as the chap that sold me it said on a particularly rainy, muddy day you could easily wear down a set of pads! :/

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    I haven't ridden as much as I would have liked for a few years, so when I have a slow season or two, I tend to replace brakes every couple of years just because old brakes can harden and reduce their ability to stop.

    However, I have to ask... Are you using your front brake? If you are only using your rear brake, you could be wearing it out prematurely, but probably not in 6 weeks, unless you are doing a lot of gentle continual braking on down hill runs.

    Common among some new riders is an inherent fear of the front brake, and if that is your case, it should be overcome.
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    The OEM parts pick is usually about Price.. now that it is your bike get a better quality brake shoe set .

    As said before , here Kool Stop are good pad makers ,Swiss Stop seems another company offering the higher quality sorts .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    No, they shouldn't wear out in 6 weeks. Properly adjusted brakes should last at least a year or two, if not more. Take it back to the bike shop and ask them to replace them under warranty.
    Wat? I've burned through a set of pads in a month. Riding in bad weather,dragging your brakes down steep hills(I was a noob at the time),it's not hard to burn through brake pads. Even my disc pads were only good for about a year of all-weather,hilly commuting. And consumables are not warranty items.

    DaleG: sounds like you've been dragging your brakes,esp since you wore the rears out first. Have you been braking alot down hill? Experience will get you used to going down hills at speed. Sheldon Brown also has a good article on proper use of your brakes.

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    First let me say......you made a GREAT choice in bikes!!!

    But seriously, I'll take a pic of mine as soon as I get a chance & edit this post so you can compare wear with yours. The brake pads themselves are Promax on our Quick 4's. I think they're fine but I'm sure they're just cheapos. Sometimes noisy, sometimes quiet but that's every bike brake out there.

    I, too, will probably go w/ Salmons once these go but last time I looked, I *think* I had plenty of pads left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaleG View Post
    Hmm that's worrying as the chap that sold me it said on a particularly rainy, muddy day you could easily wear down a set of pads! :/
    I think he's telling a porky there, but, I've worn my front shimano brake pads (V-Brakes) in two months during our rainy season commuting, so it's very possible in six weeks.
    Just think of all the grime and crap flicking up and rubbing between your rims and pads. There would probably be black all over your rims, frame and forks too. I was lucky as I got the chance to change my commuter to a new one with discs. Problem solved.
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    Sorry for pic quality (ipad) but hopefully this will give an idea of where you should be at. This is after approximately 500 miles. (I've had mine since December) And it's only my front but rears look identical.

    FWIW, I use a progressive braking technique. I let the rear grab a "tad" and then supplement with fronts & if I need more then both get compressed evenly once I've got the engagement set.

    Race cars (Formula 1) use a brake-bias to help front/rear adjustments on the fly. Well, I kind of do the same thing, just that I LITERALLY do it "on the fly".

    I don't think I'm doing anything special, it's just instinctive. If I grab front brake first & accidentally grab too much, any number of bad things could happen.

    If you *can*, please post a pic of yours. I'd be curious to compare!
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    I think I have been using the rear brake a lot when going down hills so this will be why it's worn down so quickly!

    I'll take a picture and post it here to show you

    Loimpact, would you be able to link me to brake pads I should buy?

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    Well, I'm not positive this is the best link. It's been a while since i looked myself & there are a bazillion types of Salmon pads. But, basically, I can only regurgitate what I've heard here over & over again....(including the infamous Sheldon Brown).....and that is the Salmon Kool Stop Pads......

    Robot Check

    There are versions w/ black/salmon & types for every bike. There's thin, regular, versions I'm not sure about but......basically......for our Quicks, we would just want the basic Salmon Kool Stop with threaded stem.

    And, if it's not something you know already......be sure to keep the hardware stack (washer, washer, nut) in the proper order. Just be careful taking the old ones off as to how the hardware's stacked & ditto on putting the new ones on.

    I'll be interested to hear your impressions no matter what you buy. Although I've had good luck w/ the stockers, (a little noisy but ok so far) cuz eventually we all need new pads.

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    Kool Stop also makes salmon colored pads, which grip great and won't mar your rims. Check all pads periodically for grit, however. One thing I've noticed is that some bike shops don't align brake pads on new bikes the way we'd prefer them. Some put them out pretty fast and expect to fine tweak after a sale. Check alignment and have brakes adjusted if needed.
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    DaleG you may want to have the bike shop install the pads and at the same time check and adjust the front. Finally, try using the front brake as well as the back one.

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    Photos would be really useful when asking a question about pad wear specific to your bike.

    Where you ride & in what conditions make a huge difference to pad wear, dry flat riding pads can last for months/years, a couple of years ago, on a very wet & hilly ride in north Wales, I wore down a set (F&R) within 400km.

    For the warranty suggestion above, that ain't going to happen, pads are consumables, they only way you could get warranty was if they were defective, as in de-laminating, wear is part of riding.

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