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Old 06-27-08, 10:44 PM
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Time to Replace Rims?

My main commuter is a freebie '97 Fuji Odessa that has Alloy Weinmann 26x1.5 rims, but I've noticed that after using my brakes a lot (e.g. after riding in the rain) I have readjust and tighten my v-brakes. I replaced the pads but the same thing happened. After taking the brake pads off there are always aluminum bits in them. It seems like my pads are wearing down a lot more rapidly than they should be. Does this mean the rims are worn out?
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It means your brake pads aren't very good. Buy some new decent ones.

A rim is worn out when the braking surface is noticeably concave. It's best to replace them before they crack and fail.
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Does this mean the rims are worn out?
Feel the brakeing surface of your rims with your finger. If they feel noticeably concave, you're ready for new ones.
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Also regularly pick out the sand and alloy bits from your brake-pads. Leaving them there turns your brakes into sanding-pads and wears out the rims faster.
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