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Old 04-18-12, 02:58 AM
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Which brake pads?

Hi,

I'm looking to replace some brake pads on a new basic commuter bike I bought myself recently. I don't really trust stock pads.

However I can't find any markings on the brakes themselves to give any clues on what model pad to replace them with. They look to be generic V brakes.

Can anyone tell me if there is an easy way to find out what pads to get?

Thanks in advance.
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The standard answer on here is Kool Stop Salmon

What does your LBS stock / suggest?
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The standard answer on here is Kool Stop Salmon
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What model bike? Are you certain you have v-brakes (often termed "linear pull")?

Then any standard, linear pull brake shoe should work. I put Jagwire Basics on a lot of bikes because they are cheap and come in colors: https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=28664

Kool Stop pads are probably some of the best going. Their Salmon-colored pads are good stoppers.
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there is the KS dual compound also.. get a replaceable pad type 1st,
then the selection of the next insert can be different.
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Originally Posted by damnable
Hi,

I'm looking to replace some brake pads on a new basic commuter bike I bought myself recently. I don't really trust stock pads.

However I can't find any markings on the brakes themselves to give any clues on what model pad to replace them with. They look to be generic V brakes.

Can anyone tell me if there is an easy way to find out what pads to get?

Thanks in advance.
Kool Stop dual compound MTB pads are about the best I've used.



They are a little longer and a little thinner than the cassette pad variety.
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What don't you "trust" about the stock pads?

I went to the KS dual compound to REDUCE braking on the front of my hybrid. The stock pads were too good. Quick stops would cause an endo.
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