The part of the brake that absorbs the friction during the braking action.

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What causes brakes to perform worse when the bike is loaded?

I adopted a thoroughly abandoned Univega Super Strada from somewhere in the '80s or '90s. It has Shimano caliper brakes in good condition with pads that are worn but still have plenty of the indicator ...
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Cleaning Carbon Black off a Bicycle

Brake pads for a rim brake are usually treated with Carbon Black (powered carbon) to make them last longer. This is what makes them black. When I ride a road bike in hilly areas, the carbon black ...
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Disc brake maintenance

For some days now I am observing the decreasing performance of my disc brakes on my MTB. Additionally, braking is extremely loud (squeaking). I don't think I have oil or fatty substances on the discs. ...
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Are all the Ultegra brake pads the same?

I have a road bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870 goupset. Today it was my first long ride with it and alsmost instantly I noticed that the brake pads are not for carbon rims. I tried searching on the ...
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How to reuse a rim after the brake edge has been damaged [duplicate]

My chain fell of and got stuck a few days ago (i ride fixed gear) and made a real mess of my back rim. I noticed 2 marks on the brake edge of the rim where the chain scraped along. they are not very ...
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Hydraulic disk brake pad anchor pins

Regarding the split pin that holds pads in place; does it have to be steel? Does anyone know a supplier of soft aluminum split pins?
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Rim Stickers/Decals

I had my usual morning bike ride yesterday. Going home after about 1.5 hours, I noticed that my rim stickers (top part) were half gone because they get caught when I apply my brakes. Question 1: Is ...
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Does the age of brake pads make any difference?

I recently changed my brake pads with some new ones that have been in my shed for years. They are not packaged, but as I am in the UK, which has a very variable climate. The shed gets very hot and ...
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Can I use pin-held V-Brake inserts in (cantilever) screw-held Shimano M Type brake pad holders?

I have 1990s Shiman Deore XT cantilever brake pad holder shoes with smooth studs. I believe these are "M Type" cartridges/inserts. The replaceable inserts slide in and are held in place by a screw / ...
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Why are there metal shavings in my brake pads?

I have several brake pads on my cantilever brakes that have several small metal shavings embedded in the pad. Is this normal? What should I do about it?
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Disc brakes make noise

My disc-brakes on my mountain bike sing/scream when I brake. I have tried to clean them, but it didn't work. Should I replace the disks or the brake pads? Is there a better (cheaper) way to fix this.
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Poor braking after rim change

I got a mid-80's Puch in great condition, and I replaced the original front wheel (steel) with a newer, aluminium one. But after the switch I have noticed that it doesn't brake as well as before. What ...
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V-brake seems asymmetrical

I'm not a big expert, so forgive me if I use some terms wrong (especially because I'm not a native English speaker). I have a MTB with V-brakes. I wanted to tune the rear brake because it looked ...
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How brake pad dust/residue affect braking and rim life?

You know the dust that's left on the rims' groove after a while, does it have any significance in braking or rim life? When washing the wheels I just realised that the dust must be coming from brake ...
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Disc brake pad and rotor compatibility

The SM-RT53 rotor should be used together with resin pads. If it is used with metal pads, the pads will wear out very rapidly. from Shimano BR M-416 disc brake manual How do I know if a rotor ...
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When do my brake pads need replacement?

I have a bike that is almost two years old. It still has the original brakes (side pull caliper brakes), which seem to still be functional. However, they are worn and I am going to be doing a lot of ...
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Difference between brake pads on road and MTBs

I know that road caliper brakes use shorter (and wider?) pads than v-brakes and MTB cantilevers, but I don't exactly understand the reason behind. What would happen if I mount longer pads on ...
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What is lever throw and cable slack?

In a guide for adjusting Avid BB7 mechanical road disc brakes, it said: Only use the barrel adjuster at the brake lever to adjust for cable slack. For lever throw, use the outboard adjustment ...
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Ceramic rims and KoolStop brake pads

I recently had a rim failure, my LBS is offering me a ceramic rim. Assuming I go for that; I currently have KoolStop salmon brake shoes. I see they make those in green specially for ceramics. Can I ...
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Life metrics for v-brake pads (time to replace, time to change)

I ride my bikes quite frequently and need to use the brakes slightly harshly (because of the traffic light changes and cars at my front) as I approach some gradients worth 40 degrees downhill. My ...
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Cannot raise V-brake blocks high enough to align with wheel rim

After adjusting my V-brake blocks to their highest setting on the lever, they still do not align with the wheel rim (they sit half on, half off). Is there any thing I can do about this, or is it an ...
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How do I align my front brake disk with the caliper?

I have manual Avid disc brakes. I took my front wheel off like I've done hundreds of times. When I put it back on the wheel is aligned properly with my fork, but the disc presses against one of the ...
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Brakepads are burning tyres out

I have a Jamis Allegro Sport Hybrid (6 months old) and has gone about 400 miles so far. Today I had an accident (in the UK) because the rear tyre got punctured after hitting a good size pothole. I ...
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Replaceable cartridges for rim brakes

I have a set of Shimano CX70 canti brakes the pads of which are replacable by changing the pad only (cartridges). I see in no document for any specification of a cartridge that fits. Are brake ...
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Are v-brake pads compatible with cantilever brakes

I have a set of Avid Shorty 4 cantilever brakes, well two sets (front and back) and wish to upgrade the pads. These are centre pull, linear pull brakes and have brake pads which are mounted from the ...
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There is a lip on my brake pad from bad positioning. Can I remove the lip?

One of my bikes had the brake pads positioned poorly and they developed a pretty pronounced lip where the pad hung off machined braking surface on one side. The bike is using cantilever brakes. These ...
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How long do brake pads last in storage?

I’ve discovered in my parts box some rim brake pads that have been there for several years. Aside from age, they are in fine shape (some are new). Can I put these on my bike, or is there hidden ...
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Why do my brakes squeak? Do I have an incorrect distance between brake pads and rims?

My brakes were working normally until I adjust them today. I thought the brake pads were too close to the rims so I increase the distance a bit. Now every time I brake, they make horrible squeaking ...
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Which disc brake pads do I need

I have Tektro Aigura Sub disc brakes and the pads need replacing. The only pads for this make I could find online were discontinued. Do I need to get the same make, and if not how do I know they'll ...
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How long should MTB disc brake pads last?

I'm fairly new to mountain biking and I was able to put in around 900 miles on my first set of brake pads on my Giant Anthem X2. At that point they started grinding metal on metal. I went and bought ...
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How do I know when it is time to replace the brake pads for caliper brakes?

The title pretty much says it all. I think I need to get mine replaced, but I do not know how to tell.
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Quando Brake Pads - Anyone know where I can get a pair

I have just bought a second hand Diamond Back Sorrento mountain bike, the bike is about 5 - 6yrs old apparently and needs some minor maintenance. The brakes are absolutely shot and I need to replace ...
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Disc brake pads - steel vs aluminium back plate

I am looking at a set of Organic Disc brake pads. The brake pads come with a steel back plate or as an aluminium back plate. Why would I choose one over the other?
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Disc Brakes: Resurface your Pads?

Is resurfacing the brake pads in disc brakes (hydraulic or mechanical) necessary? If so, what would you use to do this - medium sandpaper? I spoke to one mechanic while shopping for a bike, who ...
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Enhancing brake force with steel rims in wet conditions?

I currently own an old racing bike, that still has ripped steel rims and a side pull caliper brake. The braking power is acceptable when the street is dry, but as soon as it gets wet (even morning ...
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Can I use brake pads designed for linear-pull brakes on my side-pull cantilever brakes?

I have side-pull (dual-pivot) cantilever brakes. My friend gave me brake pads that are 'for all linear-pull brakes'. Can I use brake pads that are advertised for linear-pull brake systems with my ...
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Disk brake has never worked properly from new, pads replaced - still rubbish!

I've got Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and ever since I've had the bike (from new) the front brake has never worked properly. It used to squeak really loudly and perform badly but I assumed they just ...
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How do I separate disc brake pads after accidentally pulling the front brake while the wheel is off?

The title says it all really. I've taken the front wheel off my mountain bike to get it in my car. When I get it out and try and put the front wheel back on the space between the brake pads isn't wide ...
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V-Brake pads for wet conditions

In wet conditions, my current brakes are pretty poor. Without switching to disc brakes, what are my options for v-brake pads that work better in the wet? I'm only thinking about this for my commuting ...
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How do I change my disc brake pads?

How do I change my disc-brake pads? How do I avoid letting the fluid out?
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When to change disk brake pads

I was wondering how to tell when your disk brake pads need replacing. My front seems to be not stopping as quickly as it used to, or as I would like. I know this could be road grime build up, but I ...