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Standard brake pads would be ones for aluminium rims. If your carbon rims have an aluminium/ shiny-metal brake track then this is what you want. "Carbon Fibre specific" brake pads tend to be made of cork and cost a lot more than normal brake pads. The braking surface has no trace of metal, and has a clearly visible carbon-fibre weave visible. (after all ...


measure the interior rim width (you need to remove your tyre to do this) look at this chart, from Sheldon


0.8mm is very thin and dangerous. The mechanic is right to tell you to replace the rim! Keep it only if you want to play with your life because it may fail in a catastrophic manner! More dangerous even on a front wheel. Many rims have wear indicators, usually a couple of holes along the braking surfaces, that tell you that the rim is over the limit once one ...


I don't know exact numbers, but you will know when you need to replace your wheel when the rim starts to have a concave feel to it when you run your fingers over it (I'm talking about aluminum rims here). An extremely bad case will look something like this: Don't let your rim ever get here, but this is a good example of what your rim will do if you let it ...


Cover each hole with a small piece of tape/sticker. It will help to keep water out certainly (if you are an all seasoned rider). But more importantly it will help you keep out small bits of gravel that could otherwise end up rattling around inside your wheel. My vote is for tape simply bc it would not risk drying out and falling into the wheel the way a ...


It would be best if you could get 16 hole rim (yeah I know the may be hard to find). Holes on the rim go in the zig-zag pattern, and since you skip every second, all your spokes are on one (zig) side of the wheel. This is less than ideal, and in my humble opinion bigger concern than rain coming in empty holes.


Well, the reason you might seal them is to reduce the risk of puncture, not rust. But rust is out of the question in any case if you're dealing with alu. What do you propose to seal them with? As far as I can tell there are two potential risks. First, you seal them with some substance which could actually wear the tube (this would be difficult because ...


Have not seen 27 x 1/2 tires before but the old 27 x 1 1/4 rim probably will not care if the width is greater. One question is whether the wider tire will clear your frame.


Its impossible to answer this for you. The LBS who fixed the wheel is in the best position to give the advise you seek. My motto here would be 'If in doubt, throw it out'. If it was the rear wheel my answer might be different, but front wheel failure tend to be more catastrophic and most often occurs when you load the front wheel - think what happens if ...

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