Re: Fresh off the four wheels: Asian Rider
Great look'n ride!!
Looks like your rim is painted where the brake pads rub......mine started that way and also ate pads like a fat lady at the buffet. I took a palm sander with fine grit sandpaper and took all the paint off where the pads rub. Made a world of difference even with the 'cheap' pads.
I also upgraded pads. You also want to 'toe-in' your pads slightly like this......./^\.....the arrow is the wheel rotation. This will also help.
Good luck with the rest of your project!
You're never lost until you run outa gas.