Disintegrating Brakes

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tentman
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Disintegrating Brakes

Postby tentman » 2 Oct 2018, 8:01am

An old chestnut I know, but....Recently I was caught in 2 days heavy rain fully loaded with all 4 panniers and after about 40 miles, my part worn V-brake blocks had 'dissolved' completely away rendering me brakeless. OK I accept that I maybe should have fitted new blocks before I set out but this would only have increased the 40 miles to about 60. Not finding a cycle shop, I bought some replacements in Wilkinson's ( Wilco) which meant that the sun came out!! Thus I cannot tell you of the durability of Wilco blocks, except that I was very pleased to find them.

When I go to wet and steep Wales in November, fully loaded again, what would you guys recommend as suitable long lasting brake blocks for the trip?

willem jongman
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Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Postby willem jongman » 2 Oct 2018, 8:20am

Braking in the rain does indeed make you go though your blocks pretty quickly, but this is very quick indeed. However, wear of the blocks is lesss important than braking power and wear of the rims. In my experience the best blocks for wet weather are Koolstop Salmon. They last pretty long, are kind to the rims, and brake very well in the wet.
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pwa
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Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Postby pwa » 2 Oct 2018, 8:31am

And take spares. They weigh next to nothing and take up no space.

willem jongman
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Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Postby willem jongman » 2 Oct 2018, 8:43am

Indeed. I use Magura hydraulic rim brakes, and blocks for these are often hard to get on tour.

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foxyrider
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Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Postby foxyrider » 2 Oct 2018, 11:06pm

Swiss Stop - not cheap but last brilliantly
Convention? what's that then?

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foxyrider
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Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Postby foxyrider » 2 Oct 2018, 11:07pm

Swiss Stop - not cheap but last brilliantly
Convention? what's that then?

Airnimal Chameleon touring, Orbit Pro hack, Orbit Photon audax, Focus Mares AX tour, Peugeot Carbon sportive, Owen Blower vintage race - all running Tulio's finest!

simonhill
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Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Postby simonhill » 2 Oct 2018, 11:53pm

Were they the front, rear or both?

tentman
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Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Postby tentman » 3 Oct 2018, 7:47am

Both front and rear. Front wore first as I tend to use that brake most. Thanks for all your input guys - most helpful.