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The Noob’s Guide to Cycling:  Why We Check and Clean the Rim Brake Pads

March 2017
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See that hole in the brake pad?

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That little chunk of metal used to be stuck in it.  This is why we regularly check the brake pads.

Imagine the damage that could have been done to my rim had that been left in there.

Now, there’s a tell that’ll let you know you have a potential problem but it requires you pay attention and recognize tiny differences in feel and sound.

Put simply, the brake will feel and sound as if you’re braking under wet conditions, without the wet.

Checking the pads is about one of the easiest things you can do as far as bike maintenance goes.  Open the brake release, remove the wheel and shine a flashlight at the pads.  If you see a piece or metal, simply dig it out with the tip of a knife or a razor blade.  Then lightly sand the pad down with a piece of sandpaper.

It’s about as simple as you get.  Unless you hail from Canada…  Then it’s aboot as simple as you get.

Ride hard my friends.

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