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The Velotard Thread.

Keef

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Get an old mountain bike, does all that and more, here’s mine
 

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I’ve not long ago had my bike fully serviced including new pads on the disk brakes. The front brakes are squeaking again! I’ve tried muck-off disk brake cleaner but it’s not doing it.

For anyone who know, how easy are the pads to get off and is it worth replacing them anyway if I get them off?
 

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If they're new they might just need bedding in. Get up to 20(ish)mph and brake hard to a complete stop. Repeat about 10 times and they should properly bedded.

The only other reason for them to squeak is that that are contaminated with some kind of oil (lube, wd40, brake oil, road surface oil etc.). There's no real cure for that aside from new pads I'm afraid.
 

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They are newish, reckon they’ve done just under 100 miles. I guess it’s not bedding in.

New ones it is, flipping Yorkshire roads.
 

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The pads have to form a surface on the rotor, if you've not done any heavy braking then that may not have happened. Also any water on the pads or rotors gets inbetween the pad and that new braking surface which can cause squealing until you braked hard enough to evaporate that water away.

Get out in the dry heat and go through that process I described in my previous post and if it's still noisy in those conditions then yeah, new pads.

Dry, clean, uncontaminated pads should be silent in these conditions atm.
 

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Still squealing. Took them off to have a look - odd wear patternm
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Does it look the same on both front and back?
 

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Still squealing. Took them off to have a look - odd wear patternm
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You tried some copper grease on the back of the pads when mounting them? That's an old trick on car brakes to stop squealing.
 

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Late to the party here,
Try a bit of sandpaper on the pads, they could be glazed DONT touch the surface with your fingers though or it’s back to square one, brake cleaner on them and discs, should sort it.
Quick tip for bedding pads in, drop of water on new pads, rub them together, you’ll feel them get sticky, wipe off with kitchen roll, job done, mtb race team mechanics do this to have the pads ready to go before a race.
 

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Pannier recommendations anyone? Having to cycle to/from work regularly and carry a laptop, lock, lunch, mug, water bottle plus keys as a minimum means the backpack is both full & heavy!
 

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Ortlieb are the go to, waterproof, proven on many round the world trips, bit too much plastic in high stress areas and silly clips to lose for my taste.
I use crosso expert made in Poland, as waterproof as ortlieb if you get the pvc? ones, 2 big metal hooks at the top for over the rack, metal hook on a strap for the bottom fixing.
If you want old skool cool, go Carradice super C made out of canvas you’ll be handing them down for generations, Carradice also do excellent waterproof panniers as well, Upso their offshoot brand is worth a look if you want individual looks.
Altura are excellent if you’re on a budget.

To sum up
Crosso,
Carradice/Upso
Ortlieb,
Altura.
 

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Makes me laugh how the E&S run a story of how great it is that the cycling is coming to Wolverhampton, then not long later run another about how disruptive it will be.
 

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Explains why my job centre appointment on Thursday is a phone appointment as getting there would mean needing to cross the route from my direction. Still hoping to walk into town after the appointment and catch a bit of the action probably Queens square area.
 

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I’m trapped in by St Barts. Don’t know if I’ll be able to cycle down the footpath to work early in the Morning. Failing that I’ll have to walk
 
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