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Old 02-10-13, 11:11 AM
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Brake pads

Hi, don't know a massive amount about bikes, only enough to do basic maintenance, I think I have cantilever brakes and was just wonder if the brake pads differ, can I use any? as the front pads are badly worn, I was looking at getting these ones https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-PAIRS-V-...item257a8eb11b
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Old 02-10-13, 11:48 AM
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Even in cantilever brakes the method of how they are mounted varies..

there a bike shop to take the bike into to see what brake you have.. ? that info is not offered.

those $2 brake pads are not very good, , but may be better than worn to nothing ones .
raise the budget to $10, a pair, for US made Kool Stop.
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Old 02-11-13, 01:37 AM
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Sorry, mine look like this https://www.pezcyclingnews.com/photos...ertbrakes2.jpg, the reason I am buying these brake pads is because the bike was free, not biked in years and when someone offered us 2 for free I couldn't refuse, thought I could save a ton of petrol and get rid of a bit of the belly I have acquired. They are not really expensive to start with so don't really want to spend too much on them, I have had to tighten the front ones right up and one side of the brake pad is touching the rim at times and squeaks when I pull the bike backwards, thanks for the reply
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Old 02-11-13, 01:53 AM
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squeaking when going backwards is not a problem. if the brakes squeak when you're going forward, you need to clean the pads and adjust the toe-in.

you have 'cantilever' brakes. any brake pads with the smooth shaft should work.

these are very inexpensive and work quite well.
https://www.koolstop.com/english/thinline.html


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They are cheap for a reason, if you want to stop, look at branded pads, Koolstop are often recommended on bikeforums, but can be hard to find in the UK, and more expensive than in the US, would look for brands like Aztec, Jagwire, Shimano or Clarks.

As pierce notes, the ones you have liked to won't work, for canti brakes, you need the post type mount

If the pads are touching the rim at times, this could indicate either bad setup, or the wheel is out of true, either way, you need to get this repaired for any brake pad to give some stopping power.
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I wouldn't be so quick to suggest the post-mount brake pads, I've got a set of cantilever brakes that take threaded pads. OP, we ideally need to see a picture of your brakes to be sure which type you have.
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Old 02-11-13, 07:56 AM
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Thanks everyone for your replies, I have took the brake pads off an old bike as a temporary fix, they don't look too used and have both brakes working enough for now, here is a picture of my brake if it helps, it's the dark red one
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Ignore my previous post, those are post-mount pads.
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