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Old 01-11-19, 06:10 PM
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Kool Stop pads, what size?

Hey guys . Wanted to upgrade these pads.. They came off an




'82 Super Le Tour.. Here's some pics of the brakes... Which Kool Stop should I go with Thanks, RB
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Old 01-11-19, 06:34 PM
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Most would go with continentals.

I like Skyway Tuff pads. Check ebay for both.
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I'd go with the Kool Stop "Continental:"


Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977
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Probably not doing fast wheel changes to the tire guide may not be needed a little simichrome elbow grease to shine it up
and grease on the pivot so the arms move nicely around the bolt..

I think Merry sales imports a look alike brake pad and holder.. if that is a desire..




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Thanks for the replies guys .. I was looking at those continentals... Do the salmon color have better braking than the other colors? I thought I read that somewhere
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I like these. I use the Shimano style longer narrow pad holders. These are the pads, and holders, and as installed on my Weinmann centerpulls. I also have them on a modern Roubaix. Great pads. Around $8 per pair, not sure with the holders, since I already had those.


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Originally Posted by RollingBuffalo View Post
Do the salmon color have better braking?
People say they do in wet conditions.

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Great pads. Around $8 per pair, not sure with the holders, since I already had those.
That's the problem. The refills are the way to go, but only if you already have shoes, which run about $12/pair, themselves.

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Old 01-12-19, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
I like these. I use the Shimano style longer narrow pad holders. These are the pads, and holders, and as installed on my Weinmann centerpulls. I also have them on a modern Roubaix. Great pads. Around $8 per pair, not sure with the holders, since I already had those.


Have you used the all salmon pads ? If so, is there a difference in stopping between yours and those ? Also, off-topic, but what kind of rims do you have on that bike ?
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On a side note, does anyone know how to stop Kool-Stop pads from squealing like a terrified pig? I put them on correctly, even sandpaper down the contact area to remove the molding 'glaze,' but they still make a terrifying racket when I apply the brakes.
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On a side note, does anyone know how to stop Kool-Stop pads from squealing like a terrified pig? I put them on correctly, even sandpaper down the contact area to remove the molding 'glaze,' but they still make a terrifying racket when I apply the brakes.
sometimes adjusting for a little toe-in will quiet things down.
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I use the Continentals. Yes, they stop better, especially in the wet, and especially if you have steel rims.

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On a side note, does anyone know how to stop Kool-Stop pads from squealing like a terrified pig? I put them on correctly, even sandpaper down the contact area to remove the molding 'glaze,' but they still make a terrifying racket when I apply the brakes.
Toe in and a LOT of sandpaper. Get it good and roughed up, not just a light touch.
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Originally Posted by RollingBuffalo View Post
Have you used the all salmon pads ? If so, is there a difference in stopping between yours and those ? Also, off-topic, but what kind of rims do you have on that bike ?
I have these on a '73 Super Course with dark anodize Mavic MA40 700c rims. I actually bought them for my Roubaix, and did a rainy, muddy, 50 mile Solvang half century, and they performed great. The Raleigh is my Eroica bike, which can be wet and muddy, so that's why I got the dual compounds for it too. I've never tried the all salmon color, though I do have all black Koolstops on a Peugeot with standard Mafac type stud mounted pads, also Mavic 700c rims. They work OK too. I don't have squealing issues, but I try to maintain slight toe in on all my bike brake pads. To me the longer modern type holders are easier to adjust toe in for squeal. I prefer the feel of the dual compounds, but the black ones on the Peugeot may just be old. They were on the bike when I got it.

My Super Course.


Hard to see, but black Koolstops on my Peugeot.

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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
On a side note, does anyone know how to stop Kool-Stop pads from squealing like a terrified pig? I
Mine don't,.. but unsaid is your specific setup.. Dual pivot or flexy single like OP. V / cantilever.. etc.

hundreds of squeaking brake threads to research , here complaints and cures../... archived.
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@Slightspeed thanks for your reply...I actually ended up going with the all salmon after reviewing the pads at the Kool Stop website...Innteresting how the different compounds have different braking effects in different conditions...I may at some point try the ones you have as well...I have more than one road bike so I can always move parts around...these salmon pads won't go to waste ! lol...Nice looking bike btw !
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