Monday, July 22, 2013

New Brake Pads

   When your bike stops sounding like a smooth silky machine and starts sounding like a grocery store conveyor belt, it may be time for some new brakes. My bike has started to stop stopping, so it's time for some new pads. Lucky for me, I have some ready for install!

   The first step is to pull out the old brake pads. These are Avid brakes and brake removal is pretty straightforward. There's a pin that holds them in place:

Retention pin location

   Once this pin is removed, the pads slip right out of the top of the brake. 

Pad removal

   There is a retention spring that holds the pads off the rotor that will come out as well. Here it is in action:

Braking action

    Once the pads are out, you can see the difference between the old pads and the new ones.

Top: new, bottom: old

   Reassembly is the reverse of disassembly!

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