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    Simple question

    I don't own disc brakes so I don't know the answer to this question. Is it bad to handle the disc (rotor) with your hands? Does the oils from your hands make that big of deal if you touch the rotor on the bike??? Just wondering if this effects the brakes performance or if it matters. If it does matter how does one clean the rotor?


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    Different peopl ehave differing opinions, but by and large it is generally a good idea to keep the rotors as clean as possible of any oily substances... period. So while touching it onc ein a while might not be a critical error, it's not somethign to make a practice of.

    The rotor itself can be cleaned with alcohol, (the higher the percentage the better, adn I'm not talking about the kind you drink) but the problem is that oily stuff soaks into the pads. I've heard of people boiling them, torching them, and a few otehr things... but basically the issue is that a contaminated pad doesn't brake as well as one that's been kept clean.

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