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

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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 dew)...
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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 ...