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Old 10-19-20, 06:27 PM
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Help me choose brake pads

I need to put new brake pads on my 1984 Trek 770 with Campy Super Record brakes. What would you recommend ? I live in northern Ca in Napa Valley and we don't get that much rain so that isn't a big consideration. I know this probably has been discussed many times before.
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I need to put new brake pads on my 1984 Trek 770 with Campy Super Record brakes. What would you recommend ? I live in northern Ca in Napa Valley and we don't get that much rain so that isn't a big consideration. I know this probably has been discussed many times before.
I replaced the Campagnolo pads on my 1984 Bianchi with the exact same type black pads it had. It took a few rides to break them in, but they work just fine.... for me.
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Salmon Kool stop pads are highly regarded around here.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/KOOL-STOP-B...MAAOSwZKJea9UI
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I replaced the Campagnolo pads on my 1984 Bianchi with the exact same type black pads it had. It took a few rides to break them in, but they work just fine.... for me.

Great ! Can you recommend a supplier ? Seems like any bike stuff I try to order lately is out of stock
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Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
Salmon Kool stop pads are highly regarded around here.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/KOOL-STOP-B...MAAOSwZKJea9UI

Thanks for the info ! And they are in stock ! Yay !
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I just replaced the hard worthless ones on my Colnago Super with some Kool Stop Salmons. I got mine from Porkchop BMX. New pads work great. The old pads were a cinch to get out too. First one pushed out easily by hand. The other 3 were a little tighter but some PB blaster at the two holes in the back of the holder sorted them right out. New pads were tight but I used a little dawn to lubricate and then no problem.
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Great ! Can you recommend a supplier ? Seems like any bike stuff I try to order lately is out of stock
I got mine about a year ago through the ubiquitous "A" Prime and they were in stock ... just needed to search. Please note... I wanted to retain some of the originality of my brakes and never had a problem with the black Campy pads. I needed to clean/sand them once in a while but that didn't bother me. I DO have Kool Stops on my Cannondale MTB due to different braking needs and love them. Again, I personally never saw a need for different brand pads on my road bike; you might benefit from the Kool Stops as many are suggesting.
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I have early-generation Campag. brake calipers and Shimano aero brake levers on my Bianchi. (Since I can't rapidly "get a grip" on long-reach levers in a panic stop, I equip all of my bikes with shorter-reach levers, including Shimanos and vintage Weinmann/DiaCompes.) I tried a set of Shimano pads because they looked nice, but they terrified me with extremely poor performance. KoolStop salmons solved the problem handily.
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Originally Posted by Bianchi84 View Post
I got mine about a year ago through the ubiquitous "A" Prime and they were in stock ... just needed to search. Please note... I wanted to retain some of the originality of my brakes and never had a problem with the black Campy pads. I needed to clean/sand them once in a while but that didn't bother me. I DO have Kool Stops on my Cannondale MTB due to different braking needs and love them. Again, I personally never saw a need for different brand pads on my road bike; you might benefit from the Kool Stops as many are suggesting.

I also want to maintain the originality of this 84 Trek 770. It is all original so far. Even has the original Trek water bottle in the holder I spent quite a while finding original replacements for the rear derailleur jockey pulleys but finally found a pair. I will keep looking for the Campy pads. The old pads on the bike actually look fine, no wear showing but I'm thinking it would be good to replace them after 36 years.
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I also want to maintain the originality of this 84 Trek 770. It is all original so far. Even has the original Trek water bottle in the holder I spent quite a while finding original replacements for the rear derailleur jockey pulleys but finally found a pair. I will keep looking for the Campy pads. The old pads on the bike actually look fine, no wear showing but I'm thinking it would be good to replace them after 36 years.
When it comes to brake pads, period correct is okay, but safer is better. Get the Kool Stops. Even if you never go into the hills to your east or west, there is traffic in the Napa Valley, so better performing pads are a good idea.

By 1984, it was hardly unusual for folks to swap out their original brake pads for better stopping salmon-colored replacements (Matthausers or Kool Stops), so they won't look out of place now.

Keep in mind that my opinion is worth exactly what you are paying for it.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
When it comes to brake pads, period correct is okay, but safer is better. Get the Kool Stops. Even if you never go into the hills to your east or west, there is traffic in the Napa Valley, so better performing pads are a good idea.

By 1984, it was hardly unusual for folks to swap out their original brake pads for better stopping salmon-colored replacements (Matthausers or Kool Stops), so they won't look out of place now.

Keep in mind that my opinion is worth exactly what you are paying for it.


I just ordered some salmon Kool Stops from Ebay. Thanks for the info !
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I just ordered some salmon Kool Stops from Ebay. Thanks for the info !
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