If you are an avid bike rider you may know that frequent rides can put your bike under stress, especially if you own a mountain bike. The challenging terrain that mountain bikes are built for may also lead to your brake pads wearing over time. You’ll know they need to be changed when braking is weak, has little grip, kicks in late or oscillates, and at that point, you need to completely replace the old bike brake pads with new ones. So, how do you change bike brake pads?
Before changing your bike brake pads, it’s important to decide which type you need to install. Your choice of bike brake pads should be dependent on the type of conditions and terrain that you choose to ride on.
There are three types available:
- Organic (good cold operation, low durability, low resistance to overheating)
- Semi-metallic (they work well both hot and cold, quite durable)
- Metallic (great resistance to overheating, little grip when cold).