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Old 03-20-16, 08:15 PM
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Brake pads for wooden rims

I just built up some wheels for a '39 Bianchi and am busily trying to get the thing ready for Eroica CA. I'm wondering what the collective advice is as to what brakes pads will work while maintaining the vintage look. (Ghisallo sells pads but thy look all wrong) The author of "Gironomo" used pads made from wine corks. Nice excuse to drink wine but...??
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I might have heard of leather pads...
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Cork. Other pads will leave marks on your rims.

Although by 1939, aluminum rims dominated the peloton.

I made my cork pads from cork beaker plugs. But I have those at work. They are the highest grade of cork and using lower grades will not be as durable.

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Advice for building wood rims - Wheel Fanatyk

Wood consumes brake pads because it won’t accept the heat that braking generates. The pad melts at contact and makes a mess of the rim. Best to use pads with cork, leather, or wood. These are heat resistant and will last. I’m partial to the cork pads offered with Bontrager, Zipp, and Mad Fiber carbon rims.


Second best pad choice would be Swisstop Yellow. These are tough enough to last but still deposit some material on the rim. Cork is best.
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If anyone wants leather, I have leather scraps that are perfect for this purpose. I've made a few sets of brake pads, and it's pretty easy, but I haven't used them; I don't ride on wooden rims.
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Great patina!
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Cork shoes

I make mine from Flor Quality Natural Wine Corks from WIDGETCO. Here's the link:

https://www.widgetco.com/wine-corks-flor-quality-24-45

They're only $1.18 each, so why not get the very best (fewest imperfections). I cut them approximately to size using a sharp utility knife, finish the sizing with a bench-mounted sanding disk, and then use a file to get the notches for the holder. You want to be careful with your measuring and sizing, so they're a fairly snug fit in the holders. The imperfections tend to run in one direction, and I orient these horizontally to reduce the chance of a piece of the shoe shearing off. With some practice you can get them quite nice.




I see that Wheelbuilder.com sells natural cork pads:

https://www.wheelbuilder.com/wheelbui...brake-pad.html

They appear to be a composite, but would probably work fine.
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