brake blocks

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by hod65, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. hod65

    hod65 New Member

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    oes different brake blocks make a difference to stoping quicker ,my braking could be alot better have to pull hard down hill to stop more than last bike is the braking mechanism more important than the blocks themselves for effecent braking....:(
     
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  2. daveryanwyoming

    daveryanwyoming Well-Known Member

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    There are definitely brake pads with better and worse compounds for different conditions but the brakes themselves can also be the culprit as can the rims.

    Are you talking about caliper style road bike brakes. If so are they similar in design and adjustment to your other brakes?

    If you're talking cantilever style 'cross or touring bike brakes then the design and setup can vary dramatically. With cantilever's you have to make a tradeoff between braking power and wide open clearance for mud and such. The design of the brakes themselves can be the limiting factor but the characteristics can be changed quite a bit by shortening or lengthening the straddle cable. The shorter the straddle cable the more braking power you'll get but you'll pay for it with reduced mud clearance if that's a concern.

    But if you can't make any adjustments then yes, you can get better brake compounds and replacement 'blocks' or complete replacement 'shoes' depending on the style of your brakes and whether the blocks can be slid out and replaced.

    Sounds like a good time to roll your bike down to you LBS to see what they can do for you.

    Good luck,
    -Dave
     
  3. hod65

    hod65 New Member

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    road bike brakes.tried out some inserts at the levers think have improved grip for me allso my fingers seem to be getting stronger than when i first started ..found them very odd to use after hybrid bike which had 'normal' brakes ......cheers
     
  4. daveryanwyoming

    daveryanwyoming Well-Known Member

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    Your hybrid may very well have V-Brakes as well which have far more stopping power than the average road caliper. Did your hybrid brakes look like this:
    http://bikes.jump-gate.com/files/images/v-brakes.jpg

    It sounds like you're on the right track regardless.

    Good luck,
    -Dave
     
  5. randochap

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    Kool-Stop Salmon pads.
     
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