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Old 07-25-08, 05:33 PM   #1
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Improve old brakes just with new shoes?

Is it as simple as finding a shoe that fits? I couldn't help but notice these nice shiny Dura Ace shoes with the toe-in adjustment-I know that's a stretch. Keeping in mind I'm using the 30 year old Weinmann calipers, Dia-Compe levers, even the original cables. Will a modern shoe or pad refill really change things (like pulsating) or was the old brake system never that good in the first place? Would like to hear some brake shoe incompatibility issues that won't work when fitting new shoes-pads before I order anything.

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Old 07-25-08, 06:17 PM   #2
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New cables and pads should do wonders. I wouldn't worry about buying pricey shoes/holders like the Dura Ace, standard Kool Stops should do you just fine.
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new housings + cables + kool stop salmon pads will make a wonder of difference. also, properly installed and adjusted makes things much better.

kool stop pads are available in just about every flavour imaginable to fit whatever type of brakes you have.
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Old 07-26-08, 06:39 PM   #4
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trueing the wheel should help the pulsating.
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Can pulsating be a result of a problem with the pads/shoes? I had my front wheel trued because I thought that might be the problem (and there was a problem with the front brake cable, which my mechanic replaced), but it still pulsates when I'm braking slowly.
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Can pulsating be a result of a problem with the pads/shoes? I had my front wheel trued because I thought that might be the problem (and there was a problem with the front brake cable, which my mechanic replaced), but it still pulsates when I'm braking slowly.
Could also be the seam in the rim or a small dent. Run your finger along the braking surface on both sides and feel for irregularities.
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If your feel a pulsing when you brake, you may also want to check to make sure that your headset is properly adjusted.
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