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Old 09-02-12, 01:42 PM
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Brake Pads?

I tried searching here on BF.net to no avail...

What brake pads do you guys prefer for old-school Dia-Comp center-pull brakes on a '70s vintage bike? (threaded shaft, and 'vintage size') that look like this:



What else would work?
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Old 09-02-12, 02:19 PM
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These KoolStops are pretty nice. https://www.koolstop.com/english/continental.html

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The Jagwire pads that look like the ones you posted, but with black pads, work well and are very affordable.

The Koolstops I've seen are about $10 per pair, so are very pricey if you have a bunch of bikes, but work really well in wet weather.
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https://www.bikebling.com/Jagwire-X-C...brakeshoes.htm
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Looking at the Kool Stop site, there are just soooo many pads to choose from. That's why I was asking! I don't know whether to 'upgrade' to Shimano pad holders (which look better IMO) or just get the 'ugly' orange Eagle 2 or Continental pads...
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If you want kool stops, simplest thing is just to get the continentals. If standard pads work, they should too. Eliminates the guesswork.
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Salmon KoolStops are the way to go, either as refill pads or bonded shoes -- I do not have a strong recommendation either way.
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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
... 'upgrade' to Shimano pad holders (which look better IMO) or just get the 'ugly' orange Eagle 2 or Continental pads...
The Shimano pad holders actually are a pretty good value because you get an extra set of pads. They look a lot better and "i think" they have that offset cup - washer thingie so you can adjust the toe-in. I've got the same replacement issue you speak of, and finally decided I'll order the Shimano.
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if there's a better pad than kool-stop salmons for both stopping power and rim protection, i haven't yet come across it. so if you go that route and don't already have holders for the pads, it really depends on your budget, the calipers used, and your bike. for example, i didn't have holders on my univega with old single pivots, so i went the 'continental' route. this saved me $20 (under the kool holder option), but it does look different, now with all that orange showing. you get used to it, and it even starts to look appropriate for the bike. i couldn't do this with my nicer bikes though with all their shiny bits. all the orange would look out of place. fortunately, i already had holders on those bikes, so kool refills were purchased. so, aesthetically, i think it depends on the bike.

another option is to find used holders online or in the parts bin. either way, you'll love your new kool-stops.
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Kool-Stops are so great I don't care how ugly or expensive they might be.
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To be honest....I prefer the ones that look JUST LIKE THAT. (Unless I misunderstand the question)

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...=&_osacat=7294

I really like the grey matter pads. Kool stops are good, but I find the grey matter ones to be a better value.
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If you are using them in quantity, 20 pairs of Jagwire X for $18 is a nice deal.

https://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=402964

Single pair, Pyramid knockoff for $2:

https://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=10010

But paying $2 for a knockoff, when I can buy the original for 90 cents, isn't going to happen. Even if you don't need 20 pair, split them with a friend/forum member, or whatever.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
If you are using them in quantity, 20 pairs of Jagwire X for $18 is a nice deal.

That is a good deal!
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