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    Bedding in brakes in cold weather

    I just built my fattie, and my brakes lack 'bite'. I suspect it's due to not bedding them in enough.

    Do you have any tips for bedding in brakes when:

    1- It's cold (~0f/-18C)
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    2- the bike is slow as snot

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    Multiple attempts from as fast you can go down to a as slow as you can go w/o stopping and w/o locking up the brakes. Do the front then the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjaard View Post
    I just built my fattie, and my brakes lack 'bite'. I suspect it's due to not bedding them in enough.

    Do you have any tips for bedding in brakes when:

    1- It's cold (~0f/-18C)
    And
    2- the bike is slow as snot
    Here you go.

    Not emphasized therein but very important: Do not come to a complete stop during the process. Slow to walking speed then keep it moving and ramp it back up for the next one.

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    thanks guys.
    that is what i usually do, it's just hard to get Bud&Lou up to speed, and they drag so much, that very little braking is needed to slow down to walking speed. Also I wondered if the cold temps were preventing the brakes from heating up sufficiently to achieve proper bed-in.
    So I was wondering if anyone had some special tricks for cold weather and slow bikes.

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    The best trick is to find yourself a long downhill section - maybe even on {gasp} pavement! Do a shuttle if you don't want to climb the hill. Or get a car to tow you to speed on the flats (be sure to get video).
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    Big hills
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjaard View Post
    thanks guys.
    ...So I was wondering if anyone had some special tricks for cold weather and slow bikes.
    Use drum brakes and you'll never have to change another disk pad.
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    Use drum brakes and you'll never have to change another disk pad.
    Meh. Drag a shoe on yer tire, hippie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckfiddious View Post
    Meh. Drag a shoe on yer tire, hippie.
    On yer tire ya say?

    BAHh! Back in my day we dragged our shoe on the pavement! And some of us didn't have shoes! Some of us didn't have pavement!

    All this progress. Phooey! That's the way it was and we liked it!!!
    Last edited by FrY10cK; 12-12-2013 at 07:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckfiddious View Post
    Meh. Drag a shoe on yer tire, hippie.
    no doubt

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    All disc brakes need to wear in. They will tighten up after a few rides. I am on my first set of non hydro brakes and at first I thought they sucked. After a few rides I have decided they are almost as good as the hydro's. No need to upgrade. Just simply ride and they will get better.

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