Questions tagged [brake-pads]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
16 votes
5 answers
2k views

When to change disk brake pads?

I was wondering how to tell when your disk brake pads need replacing. My front brake seems to be not stopping as quickly as it used to, or as quickly as I would like. I know this could be due to road ...
Andrew Lowe's user avatar
15 votes
4 answers
10k views

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)...
Paul Weber's user avatar
  • 1,269
14 votes
3 answers
11k views

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?
Benzo's user avatar
  • 18.2k
13 votes
1 answer
801 views

Do "durable" brake pads accelerate the wear on the rotors?

When I bought my fun bike, the standard pads were B01S. Then a bit later, Shimano released B03S, that was touted as "40% more durable than B01S, with the same braking performance", and ...
Rеnаud's user avatar
  • 20k
12 votes
3 answers
3k views

Why replace brake cartridge when grooves wear off

Many websites recommend replacing rim brake cartridges (pads) when the grooves on them have worn off. Why would this be reasonable, other than for the hypothetical reasons listed below? I am looking ...
Sander Heinsalu's user avatar
12 votes
2 answers
4k views

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 ...
OMG Ponies's user avatar
  • 1,478
12 votes
1 answer
3k views

Plastic rims and brake pads

I have a pair of 16" plastic wheels on a scooter-bike that is slowly being refurbished. The brakes have been tweaked to remove slop, and I have fitted new cables and brake levers. The brake blocks ...
Criggie's user avatar
  • 124k
11 votes
11 answers
58k views

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 ...
Bryant's user avatar
  • 438
10 votes
2 answers
2k views

How to install round brake pads

I decided to change my bike's brake pads myself. My bike has the following brakes: Promax DSK-915. I contacted the online shop I ordered my new brake pads (and my bike last year), before purchasing, ...
Ivanka Todorova's user avatar
9 votes
3 answers
2k views

What is the purpose of bedding in disc brake pads? And what if the procedure is not followed?

When installing new brake pads for disc brakes, manufacturers recommend to "bed in" the pads. For example, Magura recommends to go 30kph then brake hard and repeat this process 30 times. ...
Rеnаud's user avatar
  • 20k
9 votes
2 answers
862 views

How do I change my disc brake pads?

How do I change my disc-brake pads? How do I avoid letting the fluid out?
Johan Dahlin's user avatar
  • 2,888
9 votes
1 answer
6k views

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 ...
Simone's user avatar
  • 190
8 votes
5 answers
4k views

Issue replacing Avid BB7 disc brake pads

I just replaced the brake pads in my BB7 disc brakes for the first time. I read up, watched videos, til I grasped what I was doing, and tried more than a handful of times. On the front brake, I can ...
99miles's user avatar
  • 181
8 votes
5 answers
857 views

Align bicycle brake pads

On a new bike with a strange alignment on the front brakes. The right pad is 5-6mm further to the front than left one. Is there a way to align the pads or could something have been bent during ...
Constantin.FF's user avatar
8 votes
3 answers
307 views

Are my pads worn down?

Are these pads worn down and should I replace them?
Harsh Vardhan's user avatar
8 votes
5 answers
12k views

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 ...
George's user avatar
  • 564
8 votes
1 answer
1k views

My front brakes contact the rim at different times instead of simultaneously. Is that normal or are they misaligned?

here's the video for reference When I lightly apply the brakes only one part makes contact with the wheel which makes a squeaking noise. How can I change this? I'm ...
tanishq sagar's user avatar
8 votes
6 answers
10k views

What and where is the weeping port on Shimano MTB brake levers?

I understand that when you overfill some models of Shimano hydraulic brakes with oil, the excess will flow out of a one-way valve called weeping port, but cannot find any technical documents, pictures ...
Mick's user avatar
  • 746
8 votes
3 answers
4k views

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 ...
DavidMasters84's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
1k views

New carbon wheel brake pads after use on aluminum wheel?

I have carbon wheels with the appropriate brake pads. During a race I flatted and quickly swapped wheels and finished the race. The wheel I used was aluminum, do I need new brake pads due to possible ...
Rob's user avatar
  • 81
8 votes
3 answers
1k views

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 ...
Benzo's user avatar
  • 18.2k
8 votes
2 answers
1k views

Is it normal for brake pads to emit an odor?

Not a duplicate of this one I think, circumstances are different. My bike has rim brakes. The last two day I have cycled on snowy ground, and at the end of the rides the brake pads where covered in ...
L.Dutch's user avatar
  • 7,121
8 votes
4 answers
4k views

Why would my rear brake pads wear faster than front?

It has already been established that most of braking power comes from front brake. Now, several times that I have been replacing brake pads on my commuter cyclocross bike I have noticed that rear pads ...
ojs's user avatar
  • 22k
7 votes
6 answers
2k views

Brake disc sometimes touching brake pad when not braking

I have a Whistle B-Race 7.1 e-bike that's about 3 months old. Recently the front disc brake has started touching the brake pads when not braking, when it does you can hear a "zing" sound. It ...
Yeeter's user avatar
  • 123
7 votes
2 answers
14k views

How do I get the pads out of my Avid BB7 disc brakes?

I have never been able to remove the pads from my Avid BB7 brakes. It seems to take too much force to get them out, I figure I missed a step somewhere, or I'm doing something wrong. I can't figure it ...
Mohair's user avatar
  • 1,198
7 votes
2 answers
10k views

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?
Valamas's user avatar
  • 845
7 votes
1 answer
7k views

Orientation of asymmetrical brake pads on front vs. rear

I'm replacing some old cartridge pads that I can't find inserts for with one-piece Kool-stops. Both are asymmetrical types, but the front set of old shoes are explicitly designated for "tail-forward" ...
junkyardsparkle's user avatar
6 votes
7 answers
7k views

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 ...
chepukha's user avatar
  • 347
6 votes
6 answers
10k views

Disk brake pads too thick?

I have an old Magura Julie disk brake. It seams that new pads are too thick for the brake. I already tried 2 different types. But when I insert the new pads the gap between the pads is completely ...
BetaRide's user avatar
  • 163
6 votes
1 answer
16k views

Can I use brake pads for carbon wheels with aluminum wheels?

I bought a bicycle with carbon wheels, and for training I purchased an aluminum wheelset. I have SwissStop brake pads. Can I use them with aluminum wheels? I don't care much if these pads wear out ...
Vladyslav K's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
537 views

Which brake system is this

I have two brake systems I think on my bike. On the front I have a threaded stud and on the back a road brake. Here is the front and the back (click for large version): As you can see on the back the ...
Jenia Ivanov's user avatar
6 votes
3 answers
20k views

B01S brake pads for Deore A-M615 brakes?

I bought replacement pads for my Deore A-M615 brakes. They installed just fine. But after cleaning the old pads, I saw that they are G01S, while the new ones are B01S. G01S, the original: B01S, ...
Konstantin Shemyak's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
3k views

Mixed pair of sintered and organic brake pads for disk brakes

I am researching for a new road bike for myself, trying to identify the must-haves from the nice-to-have features. Disk/Disc brakes are on the must-have list, but the descriptions of brake pads are ...
Criggie's user avatar
  • 124k
6 votes
3 answers
2k views

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 ...
Wilka's user avatar
  • 1,688
6 votes
1 answer
2k views

Changing Magura HS33 rim brake pads

My brake pads have worn to the point where the lever can no longer apply full pressure, and there isn't much pad protruding beyond the pad mounting. So they need replacing and I want to do it myself ...
Tom Goodfellow's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
4k views

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 ...
Luke_0's user avatar
  • 327
5 votes
3 answers
894 views

V-brake pads make contact but don't apply pressure to wheel

I own a hybrid Trek bike that uses V-brakes. When I apply the brake, the brake pads make contact with the wheel's rim, but don't apply enough pressure to actually brake the wheel. (No matter the level ...
Anshul Pattoo's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
692 views

Are this many washers necessary?

I changed my brake pads. The old ones had a single bolt holding them on. These new ones I bought have a bolt and a ton of washers. I thought maybe they were for size adjustment. I just left them all ...
John's user avatar
  • 227
5 votes
2 answers
779 views

V-brake caliper arm not retracting after hard braking

When breaking lightly it doesn't happen, however when clamping hard it gets stuck. Whenever I bring the bike to a complete stop I have to manually un-jam it. Here's a video:
HyperSlayer72's user avatar
5 votes
3 answers
806 views

Lubricant spill on disc brake

As the title suggests, I was lubricating the gears and chain, and I accidentally dropped some of the oil on the rear brake disc. I didn't notice it then, and took the bike out for a spin. That's when ...
Harsh Vardhan's user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
5k views

Brake pads from new dual pivot calipers dont reach the rim in the rear wheel

I bought a bike exactly like this one some time ago (bonvelo, a small company here in germany): I wasn't really happy with the brakes so I decided to search for a good used ones. I found a good offer ...
nck's user avatar
  • 1,509
5 votes
2 answers
352 views

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. ...
EverythingRightPlace's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
296 views

What brakes are these? Could I upgrade them?

I've picked up a Pashley no.33 cargo trike which I plan to turn into a coffee bike. Are these single pivot or dual pivot caliper brakes? They aren't particularly effective and I wondered if anyone had ...
Jeremy Daubeny's user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
964 views

Flipping or rotating pads?

I went to replace the pads on my front mechanical disc brake. I noticed the pad on the stationary side had significantly less wear than the pad on the actuated side. Could I get away with flipping ...
Gabriel's user avatar
  • 151
5 votes
2 answers
4k views

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 is ...
Vorac's user avatar
  • 13.7k
5 votes
4 answers
2k views

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 damage?...
Reid's user avatar
  • 1,538
5 votes
1 answer
4k views

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 knob. ...
Baumr's user avatar
  • 1,585
5 votes
1 answer
704 views

Pulsating and screeching after changing disc brake pads

Please bear with me, as I am very new to bicycle maintenance. I changed the brake pads in my front brake (Tektro Auriga on a Rockrider 540 bicycle), as I was unhappy with the braking performance and ...
Foor's user avatar
  • 141
5 votes
2 answers
3k views

New disk pads glazing during bed-in procedure

My bike is equipped with Sram Force Etap AXS and I've been using some BBB pads for quite a while. My bike shop recommended these, stating that they were compatible (and yes, they worked pretty well). ...
ymonb1291's user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
1k views

Replacing disk brake pads with multi-tool only

During my cycling week I only had my multi-tool with me. Back home and intending to replace the brake pads, I realized that I have to use pliers if I want to unbend the end of the cotter pin without ...
Xpector's user avatar
  • 307