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Old 02-20-22, 04:29 AM
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Replace Rim Brake Pads

Do these pads look like they need replacement?
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Old 02-20-22, 04:32 AM
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Replacement is likely and soon to come
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Old 02-20-22, 08:00 AM
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Might as well, now that you've got them off!
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Old 02-20-22, 12:23 PM
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If you don't replace them, at least check that hole in the glare area in the photo. May me something wedged in there. A piece of rock will scar you rim if not dug out.
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Old 02-20-22, 12:27 PM
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One on the left, no not yet, one on the right, yes, which on the basis they are from the same caliper indicates a centering/setup issue. As noted, as they are off, no point in not replacing them, and getting them setup better when reinstalled
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Old 02-20-22, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
One on the left, no not yet, one on the right, yes, which on the basis they are from the same caliper indicates a centering/setup issue. As noted, as they are off, no point in not replacing them, and getting them setup better when reinstalled
I don't understand what more I can do. Once I replace the pads, I will center them.
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Old 02-20-22, 12:43 PM
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I would replace them with some high quality pads and shoes (separate is always better) from KoolStop or SwissStop. You might be able to replace just the pads here though they look like the old 600 one which while similar to replaceable ones might not have been (but I could be wrong don't quote and apologies in advance if I am off base). If you can do that that is always best, never buy molded stuff as it just doesn't give as great braking and they are kinda more expensive in the long term having a replaceable pad with a nice stiff shoe means a lot better braking, easier replacement and the pads are cheaper because you aren't paying more extra hardware or a shoe with it.

One of the best upgrades to your braking is always going to be the simple consumables, good stiff pads and good high quality ...Stop shoes and polished stainless steel cables (uncoated) with a good slick compressionless housing. New calipers and levers are always nice and will be an upgrade but honestly I think those consumables are actually the better upgrade for most folks.
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Old 02-20-22, 12:46 PM
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There's plenty of life left in those pads. But ... the proper vertical location on the brake arms has probably changed. The contact point at the rim tends to creep up and the shoe may contact the tire on most brakes. Cantilevers are the opposite. Those shoes come down and can slip under the rim. Leave those shoes on too long and the metal holder will contact the rim - drastically reducing braking power and scoring the rim. so, the big question - how cheap are you and how willing are you to take the occasional look and adjust the pads when needed? I used to consider throwing away pads with material left a sin. Now I replace ones like yours if I'm working on the bike and have new ones on hand. Got a box of half used. Very convenient for throwing together "new" rigs.
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Old 02-20-22, 02:43 PM
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I usually grind my pads down until they're mighty thin.

Overall, you've probably only used about half of the accessible pad material.

There does appear to be quite a bit of wear on the rim, and I'd look at that closely.

If you continue using those pads, inspect carefully for trapped debris, then try to realign with where you took them off.
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