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  • The Lakes and brake pads
  • Premier Icon molgrips
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    I’m doing 200km in the Lakes next weekend. If it’s wet, will my brake pads die?

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Na, be fine.

    Premier Icon el_boufador
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    Take some spares anyway? Not like they take up much room.

    Premier Icon ton
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    last time i did 200km in the lakes, i was on a bontrager with avid v brakes.

    you will be reight.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    If it were me, I’d have a fairly recent bikes worth of sintered pads on there that had been well bedded in and expect them to last well beyond that one trip.

    Premier Icon scuttler
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    Should be more concerned about tyre carcass I tell thee!!

    Premier Icon ebennett
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    Should be more concerned about tyre carcass I tell thee!!

    Yup, I’ve only done the borrowdale bash 3 times but I’ve managed to slice my sidewall on it twice! On the same descent. Maxxis DHR 2 as well so not like it’s a flimsy tyre.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Castle crag? Aye, I don’t do it any more for that reason. And it’s not actually very good either really.

    Premier Icon butcher
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    I hear these stories but I’ve never come close to going through a set of pads in those distances anywhere. The lakes is mostly solid rock anyway, tyres are definitely a bigger concern.

    Premier Icon ebennett
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    Castle crag? Aye, I don’t do it any more for that reason. And it’s not actually very good either really

    Yep, certainly not worth the cost of a new tyre!

    Premier Icon Scienceofficer
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    I don’t find the Lakes especially hard on brake pads.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Aye, your local riding will be worse on pads than the Lakes molgrips.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Thanks folks.

    I hear these stories but I’ve never come close to going through a set of pads in those distances anywhere.

    It’s a particular set of circumstances that causes this problem. In the Brecon Beacons (or parts thereof) the top layer of soil is sand and a bit of clay, and when it’s raining there’s enough surface water to make it into a watery slurry that splatters, and when it gets into your brake calipers the surface tension holds water and grit between the brake pad and disc. This destroys your pads in the course of a ride of few hours. If the soil is rockier or muddier or not raining enough the you don’t get it. So count yourself lucky! Sounds like if it’s rocky enough I’ll be fine.

    Should be more concerned about tyre carcass I tell thee!!

    Well I’m debating wether or not to fit suspension forks to my adventure bike for this trip. I prefer riding it rigid for long distances, it’s that sort of bike. Of course this trip is going to be very rocky, and whilst I am well used to rocky riding on rigid it makes you go a lot slower. I’m thinking this might reduce the risk of slicing a tyre.

    Premier Icon dc1988
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    I would start with plenty of life in my pads and bring spares. Perhaps fit new ones and if you have half worn ones then take them as spare.

    I’ve not often gone through pads but if you get the right conditions (usually epic rainfall) then it can takes hours rather than months to wear through a set.

    Premier Icon bigfoot
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    live in the lakes so most of my riding is here. brake pads seem to last a long time no matter what the conditions are even when riding a lot of non rocky steep forest trails. the dirt/mud just isn’t that harsh gritty stuff that wheres them out. the only reason i reguarly check them is because of going elsewhere and racing.

    i have twice worn new pads to the metal in a weekends racing at a very wet ard moors and an equally wet dunnoon.

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