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

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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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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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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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Using Engine Starter Fluid to Decontaminate Brake Pads

I have some hydraulic disc brakes, and for one reason or another they get contaminated. My dad (who's worked on cars for ages) told me to use engine starter fluid, but I'm kind of skeptical about 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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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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Brakes feel like they are not even there on my used road bike. How can I fix it?

My friend gave me his old sanwa road bike that had been sitting in the snow for about a month. It looks like the one from the 1979 movie "breaking away" but with a different color and brand (to give ...
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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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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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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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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 ...