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    Can running pads made for ceramic rims bad on regular steel rims?

    I picked up a bike that came with two sets of rims. One with knobbies mounted on ceramic rims and one with road skinnies on steel rims. I noticed that the V brake pads are a very hard compound (almost plastic like) and think they might be purpose made for ceramic rims. They make an awful sand paper noise when grabbing both the ceramic and steel rims.

    In any case, I'm switching rims back and forth depending on the weather and terrain I ride in our beautiful Pacific NW backyard. Is running what I think are ceramic purpose pads bad on steel rims?

    What about vice versa? What if I pick up regular rubber pads on ceramic rims?

    THANKS!
    chikai

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    What color are the pads?
    '12 Soma Analog SS
    '10 Transition TransAM
    '07 Felt F1X
    '97 Schwinn Mesa SS
    '89 Fuji Saratoga
    '86 Fuji Club

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glynis27
    What color are the pads?
    The pads are black.

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    Ceramic pads are normally green.

    My guess is that you have pieces of aluminum/steel embedded in the brake pad.

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    I checked for that...didn't see anything. The actual rubber is quite hard...even from the side. Felt plasticy. Will drop by a local store to see what they say.

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    Ceramic pads come in several colors depending upon the manufacturer.

    If they are harder than normal they are likely meant for ceramic wheels. they will destroy the aluminum wheel braking surface quickly.

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