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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 01-03-06, 01:04 AM   #1
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How do I get rid of brake dust?

Mold! Mildew! And their odors!

Not really, just brake dust. My calipers are accumulating brake dust and I'm looking for advice on how to get rid of it. I don't have a convenient hose connection so dousing them isn't an option (I'm not fond of that option anyway), clearance is too tight for toothbrush access, so what do I do? Who's figured out a good, easy way to periodically clean calipers?
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Old 01-03-06, 01:50 AM   #2
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Just take them off (all you need is the correct size allen wrench)...should take 2 minute to take the brakes off. Then wipe...
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Well I would like to know, how to avoid the brake dust from flying then sticking to the frame downtube as well as seat tube... any idea?
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Slip a nail file in there and lightly sand the pads every so often. Gets the glaze off the pads and keeps em in good shape. Just a little sanding will do it. Sand paper works as well.
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If your brake pads are old, try replacing them. It could be the compound in your brake pads is breaking down, causing brake dust build up.
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Worker: Removing the calipers won't directly help remove the dust from between the caliper arms or the dust that accumulates in the depression around one of the allen heads. And I would prefer to keep the calipers in place.

White: I suspect it's because there is no glaze that I'm getting so much dust, because...

Excal: ...these are brand new Campy pads.

On my motorcycle wheels I use Wheel Magic and a brush, and all the dust/grease/dirt hoses off instantly. Anything equivalent (waterless preferred) for bicycles?
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I don't know--I view brake mess as a neccessary evil. I think rough rim surfaces don't help...
Maybe try WD-40? I use it a lot to clean gunk off my bike. spray a rag, and slip it between the pad and rim and rub them, every so often. Note that the WD-40 will mess up your braking power for a while, till it evaporates or gets rubbed off from braking friction.
Other than that, maybe try different rims/pads??
If you find a really good solution, post it---I would like to know.
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Remove the wheels. Wipe and floss with a clean rag. Use "air-in-a-can" to get where the rag doesn't reach.

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Wipe and floss with a clean rag.
That's probably going to be my best bet. Thanks all.
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Dont use your brakes
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Do rain rides. I've found that to work great for cleaning brakes. Just wipe off and relube to bike when you get home.
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buy some nail polish remover - the cheap kind with acetone
put a bit on a rag and wipe the the brake pad.
(be carefull not to pass out from the fumes)
and why not give your rims a quick wipe while you are at it...
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Since I put on Kool Stop Salmon pads brake dust is insignificant.

The orginal Avid pads and replacement Shimano pads I tried previously created a thick black coating of dust very visible on the white frame/fork. The Kool Stops also stop better.

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