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Old 05-27-19, 07:17 AM
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Looking for vintage break pad suggestions

I restored an 80s Fuji touring bike over the winter. I put old school diacompe break pads on it to keep the vintage vibe. With a little more than 100 miles the break pads are toast. Any suggestions for better pads that keep the vintage vibe? Thanks!
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Old 05-27-19, 07:20 AM
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Koolstop, for that good vintage look and better braking, without breaking the bank. Don't break stuff on your bike.
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+1 on the Koolstops. I like the modern Shimano style pad holders which make toe in adjustments much easier with a concave washer that allows you to tilt the pad with respect to the rim. These are dual compound wet/dry, but they come in all black or salmon color.


These are black Koolstops on Universal 61 Center pulls.

Dual compound Koolstops on Weinmann center pulls.

These are Koolstops with a mounting stud for Mafac, similar to cantilever mounting studs.

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Old 05-27-19, 07:56 AM
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If it was a touring bike, and it's got cantilever brakes- the Kool Stop Cross Pads look great and work fantastic. You can sometimes find them for $15 a pair on ebay- usually they're around $22 or so.


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OK I will happily agree that Kool Stops are great at what they’re supposed to do -braking- the bike, but the set I have in my Campy Deltas are the loudest squealing pads I’ve ever owned. They remain that way after filing and sanding. The Deltas have limited toe in adjustment. I’m embarrassed to use the brakes on this bike and find myself tapping the brakes to stop.
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Another alternative is Dia Compe Grey Matter pads.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
OK I will happily agree that Kool Stops are great at what they’re supposed to do -braking- the bike, but the set I have in my Campy Deltas are the loudest squealing pads I’ve ever owned. They remain that way after filing and sanding. The Deltas have limited toe in adjustment. I’m embarrassed to use the brakes on this bike and find myself tapping the brakes to stop.
You can mount modern Campy holders to your Deltas; you may have to add another small washer to get the pads to tighten but that's the only mod needed. You can even use the original Delta nut. I like SwissStop black pads better than the Kool Stops.

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Which Kool Stops would one use for a set of second generation Chorus Monoplaners?
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
+1 on the Koolstops. I like the modern Shimano style pad holders which make toe in adjustments much easier with a concave washer that allows you to tilt the pad with respect to the rim. These are dual compound wet/dry, but they come in all black or salmon color.

I like those dual compound Koolstop dura pads too. They are a good compromise for socal and central cal weather. The modern pads are more convenient WRT adjustment and pad replacement. The Koolstop logo comes off with a bit of 0000 steel wool.

Yet another alternative would be to replace the inserts only on the original pads. Keep the vintage shells. If it's important to keep it looking totally vintage, this is the best way. I bet one of the Weinmann types Koolstop makes would fit. The original pads would have to be removed and measured. (Tip: a vise is the easiest way to get these out. Squeeze pad in vise and knock metal shell off with a hammer and punch)
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I use the Koolstops on the Deltas: The earlier version is prone to squeal but the later brakes don't. I also use Yokozuna pads for Campy, I have those on Daytona and Chorus calipers. They look great and work well. Not sure about monoplaners though.

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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
If it was a touring bike, and it's got cantilever brakes- the Kool Stop Cross Pads look great and work fantastic. You can sometimes find them for $15 a pair on ebay- usually they're around $22 or so.


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They also make the Cross pads in threaded as well. I have a set on a Trek 500 with Tektro dual pivots that I used to commute on.

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Have Koolstop stopped brake pad production? Everywhere I look a pair is $15-30.
Is there a cheaper alternative?
Aside from that,I did order a set of salmon pads so I hope they are worth the price and hype.
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It's BRAKE, not break (unless it's broken)!
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Have Koolstop stopped brake pad production? Everywhere I look a pair is $15-30.
Not sure how you got that idea as their website shows new models for 2019...
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Not sure how you got that idea as their website shows new models for 2019...
Because the package they come in look like something straight out of the late 90s/early 2000s.
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Count me as fan of Kool Stops, but if you want a good alternative you might try these Shimano shoes:

They grab really well, and don't squeal.
Jenson has them on sale:
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Originally Posted by PilotFishBob View Post
I use the Koolstops on the Deltas: The earlier version is prone to squeal but the later brakes don't. I also use Yokozuna pads for Campy, I have those on Daytona and Chorus calipers. They look great and work well. Not sure about monoplaners though.
Thank you, I'll have a look.
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restoration pads are made by them too
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So Kool Stops. Got it. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by BikeWonder View Post
Have Koolstop stopped brake pad production? Everywhere I look a pair is $15-30.
Is there a cheaper alternative?
Aside from that,I did order a set of salmon pads so I hope they are worth the price and hype.
Sure Jagwire and Dia Compe pads are $2 a pair or less
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I was just going to order them on Amazon. If they last at least 2x as long as the diacompes then the price seems worth it. By the way, this is the ride referred to in the thread title.
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Break pads. Well, at least he's close.
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