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Old 05-17-07, 12:26 PM
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Replacement pads for vintage brakes...

I am rehabilitating a mid 80's SR road bike. It's got Shimano 600 brakes. Anyone know of a source for replacement brake pads?

Thanks. DanO
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Old 05-17-07, 12:43 PM
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My personal experience with Shimano brake pads was terrifying.
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Hmm.. i have found (modern) Shimano brake pads to be very good.

I just bought a couple pairs of these, though, for my old Univega. They look like the (dried up) ones currently on there, and i remember being pretty happy with the grey colored DiaCompe aftermarket pads i had on my mountain bike in the mid-'90s. Hoping that these grey pads are the same material.
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I second John's recommendation of Kool Stop replacement pads. Specifically, the salmon Continental. Harris Cyclery has them for $8.95 a pair.
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Originally Posted by robo
Hmm.. i have found (modern) Shimano brake pads to be very good.
Really? They seem to be the most aggressive rim-eaters I've ever used, I've sworn off them forever. And the noises they make against the rims (grinding, grating sounds!) are very disturbing. I heard a few years ago the main problem is that they are formulated for Shimano wheelsets, which apparently have super-hard brake surfaces or something (and I'm not talking about ceramic rims). Maybe they've changed the formula recently?............For me, it's Kool Stop all the way-
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Dia Compe also sells those grey pads as Cane Creek "Gray Matter" brake pads. I use them on old crappy/bmx sidepulls and they work well enough.
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Originally Posted by robo
Hmm.. i have found (modern) Shimano brake pads to be very good.
+1

I replaced my generic pads with some Shimano Ultegra's and they are Da Bomb.
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Originally Posted by well biked
Really? They seem to be the most aggressive rim-eaters I've ever used, I've sworn off them forever. And the noises they make against the rims (grinding, grating sounds!) are very disturbing.
Ah, i was just thinking of stopping power, not rim wear. My old mountain bike with '96 Deore XT v-brakes and new Shimano XT pads stops just as well as my new disc brake equipped MTB.
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I have been using the gray Kool Stop Continentals and they are outstanding. I can actually stop with Weinmann center pulls. Who would have thought?
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