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post #51 of 454 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 11:40 AM
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It's likely just the adjustment, over time they will wear down a little bit and you have to adjust them in further. My brakes weren't working at all when I was tuning my MTB this year, so I just had to take an allen wrench and adjust the actual pad along with brake tension, and wallah, they work fine.

I would also suggest spraying some WD-40 where the cables pull in and out, sometimes they will get rusty and prevent a smooth pull.
Good advice but use chain lube instead of WD-40.


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Pads last a long time. I've got over a thousand miles on this set. What makes you think you need to change them?
This set has a little over 1000 miles on them. The brake grip pulls all the way to full compression and the caliper still will not go to full stop. Guess I can just pull the pad and see what it looks like.

What's the better type of pad for mixed riding? Metal, ceramic, kevlar?
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Thanks for the pointers guys. I lubed it up and found a really small adjustment screw in the hand grip that fixed my problem. I still have about 50% brake pad left too.
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Scored a new bike off of bonktown.com last week and am waiting for it to arrive. If anyone is looking for a fixed gear or single speed roadie then keep an eye out as they have had the Swobo Sanchez on and off for a while now I guess. I paid $399 shipped and it should arrive this week...had it shipped to work of course, the wife will flip when she finds out I bought another bike.
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I ride a Trek 1.5 road bike. Very entry level bike. The only upgrades I have are SPD pedals, adjustable bar stem, and a Terry Fly carbon saddle. I have a computer too, but I don't really call that an upgrade.
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looking into selling all of my bmx gear and getting a 2012 specialized camber 29er. Hopefully I'll be riding that this summer.
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I picked up a new road bike this year. Used my back surgery as an excuse. Unfortunately I just sold the wheels due to the fact that it looks like I'm getting laid off from work and wanted to get some bills paid. I had another set to use but they don't look nearly as cool.



Built my son his first road bike as well. I thought I could do it super cheap with parts from my basement but it still ran me $360 to put this together...most of that was $200 for the fork and frame.

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Built my son his first road bike as well. I thought I could do it super cheap with parts from my basement but it still ran me $360 to put this together...most of that was $200 for the fork and frame.
If anyone is looking for a really solid inexpensive road bike, can't go wrong with the Tommaso Immola. Been riding mine for nearly two years and it's still kicking ass, I've put over 2500 miles on it since then. I thrash bikes, it's held up really well.

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Anyone into restoring old bikes? I found an 80's Japanese Sekai 2000 road bike abandoned in the forest, and just got done fixing it up. It's raining like a bitch right now, but I can't wait to take it out. 10 speed with the retro Suntour downtube shifters, steel frame and aggressive handlebars. I have a feeling it's going to haul-ass


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Looks pretty good for a bike you pulled out of the woods Hobo.

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