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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:08 pm 
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as in title really... any ideas?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:35 pm 
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From experience no brake blocks any good on steel rims unless the rims braking surface is milled especially useless in the wet as I know to my gut tightening horror on a wet steep descent. Leather faced are the traditional blocks for steel rims, marginally better but its a slim margin. Drum brakes are better with steel rimmed wheels. Good luck :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:09 pm 
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Hub brakes. I have a pair for sale, if you're looking. 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:15 pm 
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How about cork?

They grip slippy carbon, anyone tried them on steel?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:53 am 
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The best brake for a steel rim is concrete. A large block, on a rope. Throw it over the side, making sure the rope is tied to the seatpost.

Seriously, you are on to a loser, soft rubber or leather seem to be preferred, but they are all terrible.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:02 am 
North Wales AEC / OWMTBC 2010 Champion
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For steel rims you need a hard abrasive pad and LOTS of power. Think about the disc brake pads.

Would ceramic specific pads be suitable for steel rims?


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