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Replace brake pads even though I have still have very good stopping power?

Old 07-10-10, 11:40 AM
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Replace brake pads even though I have still have very good stopping power?

In other words, when to replace brake pads? When worn or when weak?

I use swissstops and they still feel amazing. But as you can see, there’s not much groove indentation left at all. What do you think?

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I am not sure how you can tell a brake pad is 'weak'. keeping them clean, occasionally wiping with scotchbrite and some alchol to remove road dirt will help them work better. most brake pads have a wear indicator built in and when the pads wear past that it is time to replace them
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the grooves in SS aren't very deep. you're fine.
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I always keep an eye on my barrels at the grips. When I see 3/8" more barrel than when they were new, out they go. The distance at the barrel and on the pad are not the same, but 3/8" on the barrel normally looks pretty worn on the pad. This was back in my S-20 days in WA. state on the Index trail. Mud burns up pads fairly quick.
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I usually just look at the pads occasionally. If there's not much sticking out past the holder, then I change them. Those look to have plenty of rubber left to me.
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I replace when they go out of focus, like in the shot above.
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Dude, you kidding? This is internet cycling. Replace those pads when they're brand new, with something five times as expensive.

(Since you live in Kalifornia, you have extra money available that you would have spent on range fees and ammo, had you lived in a free state).
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Are you supposed to replace those things??
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if you think those need replacing then you will think I ride brakeless
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I just removed a set from a customers bike that were half that thickness.
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