This is a ten-year-old Felt "Vault" BMX. I'm old but new to actually building BMX bikes.
I bought it used for fifty USD right out of a garage and immediately noticed the slow stopping of the brakes with older pads, so I just replaced with new ones which of course are a bit smooth.
Then just got back from the bike shop who kindly attempted to tune things after he replaced the tires and tubes.
These are cheap pads and are only on the rear.
- The cable tree or whatever you might want to call it up near the lever. It's the brake line that turns into to brake lines and just before the tree splits into two there is a breach in the outer cable housing.
Things got a little stiff maybe it needs a little greasing but never the last my brake-lever action actually pulls the pads to the rim very tight and there is very good performance with the observable action.
However the end result is not stopping my bike.
- Now here comes the part where you're probably going to tell me this is the main culprit other than the smooth oily finish of the new
pads and yes I will sand those... but lo and behold the only rear Rim I have has this entire anodized coating burned off so now I'm left with smooth aluminum and a little bit of grooving which in my opinion the ladder should be helping.
That grooving is just like an abrasive material so these pads must be the biggest culprit if not the rim itself.
That brings me to my next question. With a bike looking ugly like this with the front wheel anodized on the rim and the rear wheel all trashy looking is there a product I can coat the walls of my rim with or just repaint the rim with?
What product is that and where is that?
I almost want to just give this bike away. I bought it for $50 USD and between the parts and labor I'm in it another $50 which make me feel stupid for buying the $50 bike when I could have just bought a working $100 bike and not be doing any of this.