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  • Mark Garvey
    Mar 4, 2008
      I ran a Trike for several years with Disc Brakes on the front wheels and there are two things about disc brakes.  FIRST, they work LOTS better than anything else, and second, changing the pads is really not a big deal!  I would keep a set around just in case....BUT, I would not be really worried about them.  FAR easier to change than a rim brake of any kind.  Also wear on them will depend on a lot of factors.  Just like brakes on anything.  If you are always riding the brakes, or like to do the stopsign to stopsign sprints, you will wear the brakes down faster than us old slow folk. 


      On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 12:27 AM, Cara Lin Bridgman <caralinb@...> wrote:
      Hi David,

      Thanks for the recommendation to get back-up brake pads and to keep them
      in my bike's tool kit.  I've the Avid BB7.

      No snow anywhere below 1000 m in Taiwan, but lots of sand and grit and
      lots of salt in the air.  Everything rusts (or mildews) in a heart-beat.


      David Chase wrote:
      > On 2008-03-01, at 11:17 PM, Cara Lin Bridgman wrote:
      >> Each wheel gets a disk. I've not heard anything about replacement
      >> rates
      >> on disks. I was told that I should replace the brake pads every 1-2
      >> years depending on my mileage.
      > Except, if you are riding in the winter, and they sand and salt the
      > roads, then everything wears faster.  Depends on your mileage, of
      > course -- mine is 50/week -- but I need to take a picture of my rear
      > derailleur jockey wheels and chain, if you want to see filthy and sad
      > (rinsing your bike, post-ride, presumes that you can get water out of
      > the hose).
      > HOWEVER -- disk pads actually come with wear indicators, just like
      > your car disk pads.  If you look at the backside of a pad, you'll see
      > two little dimples.  Those are bumps on the other side, and when
      > about .25 to .5 mm of material remains, they contact the disk, and
      > make a noise when you brake (I recall that it is not the sort of
      > noise that you ignore, either).
      > So, buy your disk brakes, and buy one spare pair of pads, and seal
      > them tightly and pack them away.  My brakes, at least, you can
      > replace the pads with a pair of needle nose pliers, and an Allen
      > wrench to readjust.
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