We finally did some reasonable hills for the first time this weekend so we used a lot of brake. Since getting the bike (new) the front breaks have always made an ugly kind of gritty sound, as if the rims had dirt/grit on them. I've cleaned the rims/pads, played with the angles, etc all to no avail. I figured maybe things just need to wear in so I've been ignoring the noise (stopping isn't compromised), but after the hills nothing has worn in, and they still sound awlful; kind of embarassing too when you roll up next to another rider.
This is not a vibration/squeal kind of noise, I'm pretty sure of that, and it seems to mainly be on the front wheel. I've cleaned the rim several times, and the noise appears to be less after the cleaning, after this weekend's hills there is a fare amount of black brake "stuff" (I hesitate to call it simply rubber) on the rim, I wonder if maybe I just have a set of bad pads that are fouling the rim and making it "rough & gritty"? I hav'nt had a chance to clean the rim again to see if the gitty noise is reduced.
Wheels are all true, shoes are aligned, etc. I'm stumped.