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Old 12-16-2009, 03:19 AM
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Actually - the brakes themselves are pretty good (unless it's a Huffy w/coaster lol), it's just their pads are junk. Replace the pads w/real ones from an actual bike shop for a whopping $10 or so and it's a completely different story.

I can do an endo with the touch of a finger and they've lasted over 2000 miles so far. My only complaint is when they're wet - they still work quite well, just not quite as good.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:15 AM
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Actually - the brakes themselves are pretty good (unless it's a Huffy w/coaster lol), it's just their pads are junk. Replace the pads w/real ones from an actual bike shop for a whopping $10 or so and it's a completely different story.

I can do an endo with the touch of a finger and they've lasted over 2000 miles so far. My only complaint is when they're wet - they still work quite well, just not quite as good.
I have to agree on the brakes...the pads do make the difference. Especially on the endo point!! So be careful when you first install them. They really grab!
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:45 PM
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I love coaster brakes... No idea why but I seem to feel safer with them as one set. The new build have those pull things on front and rear no coaster and they scare me to death lol
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:19 AM
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Actually - the brakes themselves are pretty good (unless it's a Huffy w/coaster lol), it's just their pads are junk. Replace the pads w/real ones from an actual bike shop for a whopping $10 or so and it's a completely different story.

I can do an endo with the touch of a finger and they've lasted over 2000 miles so far. My only complaint is when they're wet - they still work quite well, just not quite as good.
Actually I've had good luck with cheapie pads. They are more than adequate if maintained proprerly. Once every few months I clean rims w/isopropyl and zip a piece of 150 sandpaper between the pads. Takes less than a minute per bike.

I don't like coasters or disc as much as cheapie Target/Walmart brakes. Not just for price but they are just easier to install and work on. Parts (cables, pads, etc.) cheap and easy to find too.

IMO it's possible for brakes to be TOO good. If I can just get that rear to skid a bit I'm happy. I don't like OTBs.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:52 AM
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Well, the pads that came on my walmart bike wore down to nothing in less than 300 miles, the ones they sell at walyworld are usually 'Bell' - which are a definite improvement... but still didn't fill me with endearment. The 'Aztecs' I got from the bike shop while defo not the best money can buy are still freakin' awesome, I've got well over 2000 miles of outright abuse on 'em and they're still goin' strong!

The maintenance you described is good advice no matter the pad tho - good call

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Old 12-20-2009, 10:10 AM
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OK, OK... I posted to an old thread, didn't realize, stick a spoke in my eye! HOWEVER, it was still good info. I'm reading many of the messages for education. I can still claim "Hey I'm New"
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No need to appologise we ain't like the other site just check how many threads and repeated same points are made from using or not using tensioners LOL
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:16 AM
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hi again sorry didnt realize what i said the pads on my brand new $45 bmx mike wore down in 15 mins no joke so i put some super brake pads on it and guess what happened? it actualy bent the bi of steel u put the pads on so i bent it back with a piece of wood then the next hill it ben the bolt that goes from the brakes into the frame i mean wtf i pulled apart my goped breaks and and and it works
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:09 AM
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Before you cut the brake or clutch cable thats too long, insert a piece of small diameter shrink wrap onto the cable,heat to shrink, then cut you're cable,this will give a clean cut cable, with no frayed wires sticking out to snag on any or everything that comes close to it...Looks good also...Pete
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:15 AM
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Good idea pete. all i have is pink shrink that small but i'm gonna do it on the clutch.
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:52 PM
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I have to agree on the brakes...the pads do make the difference. Especially on the endo point!! So be careful when you first install them. They really grab!
make sure you install the correct brake pads according to your rim, there is a diff. in pads, alum. rims and steel rims and it DOES make a diff.
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