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It's clear from the refrigerator magnet test you have steel rims. However, in the picture the rim looks very black. The scratch looks like it goes to the metal. So, your rim is coated with something that is probably generating the burning smell. Your old brake pads "painted" a layer of rubber/plastic on your rim. Clean the black stuff off your ...


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I have seen various steel-rimmed bikes experience rapid pad wear in use. I only have speculative answers, but two things that are definitely true is that most steel rim bikes come with very basic components, including brakes/pads, and also steel is harder than aluminum. The surface irregularities will only ever hurt pad lifespan. It may be possible to ...


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With all frames, that much of a dent increases the risk of a failure eventually. If that were an ultra-light frame with very thin tubes, it might be better to retire that now, but an earlier model Cannondale probably doesn't qualify. You could certainly retire the frame if you want, but another option is to keep an eye on the dent and to watch for cracks ...


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