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Old 07-25-22, 11:08 AM
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Just back from the bike shop. They put on new Kool Stop Duel Compound brakes. I haven't had time to test them but boy did I get heavy pressure to get new brakes and a new rim.
( Better gripping, so they said.) I've never had so much pressure from a shop to buy MORE!! "Look", said the head mechanic. "If money is tight, we can do payment plan!" Holy Pete!!! I don't know if I trust these guys'. I think they're see a cash cow in me. What do you think?
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Old 07-25-22, 11:17 AM
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Just back from the bike shop. They put on new Kool Stop Duel Compound brakes. I haven't had time to test them but boy did I get heavy pressure to get new brakes and a new rim. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyv905Q2omU ( Better gripping, so they said.) I've never had so much pressure from a shop to buy MORE!! "Look", said the head mechanic. "If money is tight, we can do payment plan!" Holy Pete!!! I don't know if I trust these guys'. I think they're see a cash cow in me. What do you think?
What is the condition of the brake surface of the rim? If it looks okay, and isn't worn, disregard their suggestion.
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Old 07-25-22, 12:02 PM
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Rims are like brand new. Very low miles on them. I put on Araya 700C, 32 hole, 3X and lanced up last year. (When I did the rebuild.)
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Old 07-25-22, 12:41 PM
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See if the shoes help. Maybe you'll feel a difference.

I installed a set of black and a set of salmon Kool Stops in appropriate holders, so I can swap them out easily, but haven't had a chance to test them. Other than feel at the lever, I'm not sure how to really conduct a true test (I installed some Scott Matthauser pads a few weeks ago and they were just really spongy-feeling). I don't want to spend time pedaling up to a certain speed, then applying the brakes at a given point to see how far it takes me to stop with different pads installed. That seems like a bit of a PITA.
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Old 07-25-22, 06:47 PM
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Rims are like brand new. Very low miles on them. I put on Araya 700C, 32 hole, 3X and lanced up last year. (When I did the rebuild.)
Then definitely ignore them. You would be better off spending the money on new brakes, though I doubt it will be necessary. The pads should help. Let them bed in and see how they are.
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Old 07-26-22, 10:29 AM
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New pads did the trick. I sanded the rims too, (Just in case.) The bike runs like brand new. Thanks everyone.
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Old 08-13-22, 12:01 AM
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I did a couple 39 mph brake tests with my 2 SA drum brakes roadster bike. Where the road is flat after a short steep hill.
Stopped in 6 or 7 turns of the 700x36c tire. 42 to 46 feet. Anybody beat that?? , or NOT. LOL.
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