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I just changed my brake pads, should I sand the rims?(6 posts)

I just changed my brake pads, should I sand the rims?James
Sep 30, 2002 12:10 AM
After 6,000 miles I changed my Dura Ace pads and cleaned the rim(Ksyrium) brake surface. Should I lightly sand or steel wool them?
a good sanding on everything is a controversial ideaishmael
Sep 30, 2002 2:48 AM
but it has some plusses. Less glare on sunny days, less likely to be stolen because thieves think it looks like crap, a slight weight decrease, it gives you something to do to the bike when everything else is working fine, if you do it again you can lose a bit more weight, it hides scratches, the list goes on and on. I cant think of one good reason why I shouldnt sand everything before each ride. OOO and the brakes will likely stick better if you sand down those rims. Dont forget to sand down the tires for extra speed(it gets rid of protrusions that will slow you down). Sandpaper is your friend, get to know it.
I let my brake pads do the sandingfiltersweep
Sep 30, 2002 4:42 AM
I gotta say, this sounds like the worst idea I've ever heard... wanna find out how "soft" your braking surface is? Take some steel wool to it!
re: I just changed my brake pads, should I sand the rims?pmf1
Sep 30, 2002 5:36 AM
You should clean your rims and pads everytime you clean your bike. A green pad and some dish washing soap work well. I would not sand them. Mavic rims have frooves that improve braking. You might destroy them by sanding your rim.
No. Soap/Degreaser and Water, soft cloth, no abrasive. NMSpunout
Sep 30, 2002 6:43 AM
re: I just changed my brake pads, should I sand the rims?clintb
Sep 30, 2002 7:20 AM
Just some Scotch Brite (green stuff on scrubber sponge) and soapy water or diluted degreaser. NO SANDING! You only want to break the glaze on a rim and/or pads.