Monday, May 5, 2014

Worn out

No, I am not worn out. I am just fine.
But, the brake pads on the Brompton were, almost.
I noticed a little degradation in braking power last month.
That's when I checked the brake pads and found that the front pads were badly worn.

See pictured below, the rear brake pads. The front pads were worse.
Bromptons come equipped with Fibrax pads.
I am used to brake pads wearing out around 2.5K miles or a bit more.
But, the ones on the Brompton wore out, at a faster rate, especially since moving to Atlanta.
I suppose the hills and the rainy conditions contributed to the faster rate of wear.
And, there are other factors as well.

After mucha contemplación, I decided to replace the worn ones with Kool-Stop Cross Pads.
I have Kool-Stop pads on all my bikes, with the exception of my Thorn Nomad MKII, which have SwissStop blue pads.

Here is a close-up of the new Kool-Stop Cross Pads, appropriately set in my Almond/Peanut Butter jar lid spares holder.
With a magnet at the bottom :)
The installation was relatively easy, even for a novice mechanic like me. I did use my Park Tool Third-Hand Tool, during the installation, which helped a bunch. I might fine-tune the brakes after a month of riding or so.

I tested the new pads, before taking it on my commute rides. They work very well; and, as a matter of fact, I have ridden on a few rainy days since installation and they worked very well.

I am happy with the stopping power of the Kool-Stop brake pads.
Hopefully, I will get some good mileage out of them.

Have a Great Week!

Peace :)

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