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Old 03-17-18, 05:52 AM
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Slow braking

Anyone How to make braking surface grip better
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Old 03-17-18, 07:23 AM
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People usually buy better brake pads. That’s if your brake track isn’t just worn out.
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Agreed, better pads are the answer, plus a good scrubbing of the brake surfaces if they’re dirty. Kool stop salmon pads are the shizzle.
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Always do the easy and cheap thing first.

- Clean the brake track on the rim with alcohol or some other solvent which won't hurt the finish.
- Make sure the bolts are tight.
- Inspect the pads for glazing, embedded debris and wear. Clean and/or scuff the pads or for a few dollars just replace them. I agree that Kool Stop salmon are great for aluminum brake tracks.
- Adjust the calipers properly including centering the calipers, spacing between pad and rim, pad toe-in and make sure the pads are contacting the center of the brake track and not rubbing on the tire.
- Change cables and housing, ensure that ferrules are used at the ends of the cables.

And so forth.

This is basic maintenance and should be done regularly.

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Better pads helped some.

Better brakes helped a ton. Used dura ace brakes on eBay for around $50 replaced the tektros that came on the bike originally.
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Old 03-18-18, 07:40 PM
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I replaced the Winemann 500 single pivot side pulls with Ultegra dual pivot side pulls. Made all the difference in the world.
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