You will need to replace your brake pads from time to time.
You might notice the need to replace your brake pads more after heavy winter use due to more grit and grime on the roads during that season. So, what should you look for to determine if it’s time to replace your bike pads?
Disc brake pads should be replaced when there’s only about 1mm of compound left. You will have to remove the wheel and pull the brake pad to ensure it’s worn. Typically, your brakes will stop working slightly before this point. For example, if you are pulling your brake lever to the grips to stop, you should check your brake pads. There are some other things could be causing that your brake levers to come all the way in. Checking the pads first is a good way to check problems off your list.
Rim brake pads will also have a visual element that will tell you when it’s time to replace them. If you can’t see any indents on the pads it means your top layer of rubber has worn away. Those pads need to be replaced. There is also an indicator (an indent or another simple measurement tool) on the rim to show when the rims need to be replaced.
While there isn’t a definitive timeline to tell you when to replace your brake pads, it’s always a good idea to check them at the start or end of your riding season. The number of miles you ride, your weight, how you ride, and your riding conditions will all cause variables as to how long your brake pads last. Make sure when you start seeing the symptoms of your brakes failing, that you replace them.
If you don’t want to mess with your brakes, bring your bike to us! We’d be happy to check your brake pads to see how much usage you have left. If it isn’t your brake pads, we can find the solution to another brake problem. Call or stop in with any bike questions you have.