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Old 08-27-14, 07:49 PM
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New Brake Pads

I am installing new brake pads on a road bike.

I noticed the new pads do not have anything indicating which is the left, the right, front, or back. However, the braking surface is shaped like chevrons, like this: <<<

The old pads didn't have this, but were marked appropriately.

When installing the pads, I am assuming the chevrons point toward the back of the bike (the opposite direction of the wheel travel, when the bike is moving forward). Is this the correct assumption?

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I believe your assumption is correct. At least it is with my KS pads.
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Yes, think of a boat. The points are designed to cut through water on a wet rim and drive it out to the sides.
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Are you replacing just the pads, or pads with holders; or is the bolt integral with the rubber?

If it is pads in holders - the open end goes towards the rear so that the braking force pushes the pads into the holders.

Otherwise is really has practically no difference.

At the surface speed of a bike wheel, the direction of the grooves has no difference in removal rate of water from the rim surface.
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