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Old 08-06-15, 06:40 PM
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using V-brakes pads on a caliper brake system

I started riding about 2 months ago, I bought my wife a used bike at the Cop summer auction, it needs rear brakes. She is not going to ride much faster than 5-6 mph so she doesn't need high dollar breaks to stop her. My brakes are getting worn and I was going to buy a package of 10 and use a pair on hers.

She has the traditional Caliper brake system and I the V-brake. My question is why won't V-brake pads work on caliper brakes. I took mine off and they fit right into her brake arm slot so is there any reason why they won't stop her work going 5-6mph?

Just so readers are clear I added a photo of the type my wife takes and here's a link I'm buying for mine
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-LOT-5-Pa...:X:AAQ:US:1123


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If they fit there is no reason I wouldn't run them. You may find in the front there may not be clearance with the fork to run longer pads. I have some older bikes I run bigger pads on but some only fit in the rear due to fork clearances. Realistically friction material is friction material and likely the larger pads will upgrade her likely marginal stopping original equipment brakes.
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If they clear the fork blades and seat stays, sure, use them. I once did the opposite by fitting road pads (Koolstop Salmon slip-in pads and holders) to Avid SD7 V-brakes to stop the incessant squealing. They quieted everything down and stopping power was unharmed.
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tks for the input I appreciate it. Now I can feel ok that the bike brakes will work ok for my wife. Also if as you say they are to long for the front I will just cut them down.

Since I am new here can anyone tell me how to get rid, if possible, the video in my first post, my PC is older and it slows down the loading of this page.
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You should be able to go back and edit it.
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Originally Posted by CharlyJ1954
I started riding about 2 months ago, I bought my wife a used bike at the Cop summer auction, it needs rear brakes. She is not going to ride much faster than 5-6 mph so she doesn't need high dollar breaks to stop her. My brakes are getting worn and I was going to buy a package of 10 and use a pair on hers.

She has the traditional Caliper brake system and I the V-brake. My question is why won't V-brake pads work on caliper brakes. I took mine off and they fit right into her brake arm slot so is there any reason why they won't stop her work going 5-6mph?

Just so readers are clear I added a photo of the type my wife takes and here's a link I'm buying for mine
New Lot 5 Pairs V Brake Pads Shoe 60mm Block Pattern Mountain Bike Bicycle | eBay


Kool Stop Continental brake pads would be a suitable replacement, and improve the braking. Kool Stop Continental Pads Salmon Compound | eBay

V brake pads may be a bit over long .. negating the QR function up front.. Tails inside the fork-blades.

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I am running Avid V-brake pads on my '86 Cannondale flat bar bike. I was building up a hybrid-hybrid from an old road bike with old Dia Compe single pivot brakes and wanted better stopping. I had some Avid V-brake pads that I didn't use on one of my mountain bikes (used Kool Stop) and mounted them on the road calipers and they work great. The fronts are a bit tight, but not so that I can't run 28mm tires.

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If they fit, use them.
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun
You should be able to go back and edit it.
Thats the first thing I tried when I seen it. It does not show it in edit. It is added by this site I imagine cause its advertizement. It also slows down and messes up my keyboard typing. I had to disable adobe flash to be able to type.

If there isa setting to shut it off please letme know
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put the V-brakes on my wifes bike, tested them and they seemed to be working ok. The threads are not long enough to install same as block brakes so I used the concave washers that came with them and they tightened down ok. Since she will not be riding fast, at most 5-6mph, I am trusting they be ok. Now if used on a bike the person would be riding it hard I don't think I would advise doing this on someone elses bike.
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Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977 "Cross", like a V brake shoe but not as long-tailed.
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