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2 brake questions...flakbait
Dec 21, 2003 1:21 PM

I have a set of Ultegra brakes I have two questions on:

First, I'm having a bugger of a time setting some toe-in, physically holding the pad how I want it doesn't seem to do it. It just goes where it wants to when it's tightened. Any tips?

Second, any suggestions on wet weather brake pads? I'm used to disks on my MTB, calipers are downright scary in the wet.


Try this!haystack
Dec 21, 2003 1:41 PM
Use a third hand tool to hold the pads against the rims while tightening the nuts. I rigged a large pair of channel lock pliers and wrapped a few rubber bands at the end of the handle to provide enough force needed to keep the pads in contact with the rims. Works pretty good.

For toe-in get some wide(1/4") rubber bands(I get mine from my Sunday newspaper) and place them between the rim and brake pad, apply the third-hand tool (as mentioned above) and tighten the nuts. While tightening, it helps to hold the pads straight with your fingers. Also notice that when you tighten the nuts, the pads rotate sometimes(if not all the time). Compensate for this rotation by starting the pad out higher in the direction of the tightening rotation. I get mine dead on using this method.

As for wet weather brake pads, I recommend Salmon colored KoolStop pads. They work great for me. And they make then to fit all kinds of pad holders and brake styles.
I seldom worry about toe in on road calipers.Spoke Wrench
Dec 22, 2003 11:06 AM
Unless I get brake noise, I just leave well enough alone. Road caliper sets don't come with the convex and concave washers for positioning the brake pads.

I can't remember ever having issues with Ultegra brakes. I have occasionally adjusted the toe in on other, cheaper road calipers by carefully twisting the arm with a 6" Crescent wrench.
probably the easiest way.....divve
Dec 22, 2003 9:53 PM
I always apply the brake lever for tightening when setting orbital adjustable pads. I've never tried it, but you could for instance temperately shim the rear part of the brake tips with some tape, apply brake lever, tighten, remove tape.

For rain try Koolstop Salmon pad compound.