Kool Stop Continental Brake Pads
May 11, 2010, 6:18 pm
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My Raleigh 20 is almost in a perpetual project state. I ride it hard, but there are always things that need to upgraded or replaced. Last week, I finally go frustrated enough about the lack of braking on the bike, to actually do something about it. (I almost went into some bushes, as the brakes were not grabbing the rims.)

After some research (calling Harris Cyclery) I decided to try out the Kool Stop Continental Brake Pads in the Salmon compound. These are supposed to really help decrease stopping distances.

The first step was to take a 10mm socket. put it on a driver and remove the old crusty brake pads.

Next step was to install the new Kool Stops, while aligning them with the rims so that the pads grab only the rim (not the type too). I then pulled the brake levers, everything seemed OK. The package says that a few brake applications may be necessary to set the pad material onto the rims to help the pads grab. After some hard stops on my test track, I would say that the Kool Stops are a worthwhile performance and safety improvement especially for old bikes still running steel wheels. This is a very worthy $20.00 safety and performance upgrade.

I also installed a set of Kool Stops on the Black Express bike, the test ride was night and day! This bike really stops nicely now.


New Shoes for Root Beer Bike
May 10, 2010, 6:06 pm
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I was riding the Root Beer Bike week or so back and as I was rounding the last turn onto my street, I heard the tell tale hissing sound of a massive flat.

Upon further inspection, my front tyre was losing air, and as I checked the situation further, I noticed that there were literally tons of little holes in my Kenda gumwall tyres. The Kendas are cheap but the kind of mileage that I put on the Root Beer Bike, I need to step up the quality ladder.

After some searching, I found a tyre that seems to be the stuff: Schwalbe Delta Cruiser in 26×1 3/8 in whitewall! This tyre has a modern tread pattern and looks to be more sturdy than the 27 inch whitewalls that I put on my Grand Prix a few years back.

I also put some new tubes in while I had the tyres off.

The Schwalbes look great and the handling and stopping prowess of the Root Beer Bike has also been greatly improved. Looking forward to riding the wheels off!