06 October 2010

hammer time

why the fuck would someone design a brake pad that can not be removed without the aid of pliers and brute force???

or am i completely missing the bleedin' obvious. i give up, i just want to be able to ride my bike...and also stop occasionally.

18 comments:

trio said...

I've found a tame bike shop very handy!

Chris said...

You will buy these fancy XTR brakes ;-)

Did you get it out with pliers and a small/large hammer?

Julbags said...

Doesn't bode well for trailside changing then? I thought my current Hope brakes were bad with that stupid little R clip, stupid, stupid, pingy thing.

My old Hope C2's on the Spesh have a pin just like that for the brake pads...except they have totally and utterly rusted. It's going to be so much fun when the pads eventually need changed. Will probably sidestep the problem and leave it to Jez (sorry).

kate said...

trio- tame?

chris- not that i'm blaming anyone, but these brakes were suggested to me..... ;) not had a proper chance to attack them yet. all bikes hiding in cellar due to landlord.

julbags- does jez work for cake ;) it does seem really impractical. i take some solace in the fact that it's not just me.

swiss said...

ah, the joy of brakes. it may not mean much but just be glad that you don't have avids. truly they are a million, million times worse.

you absolutely need pliers (unless you're very, very lucky), long nosed with a curve for pushing those tricky beggars back in. and practice. then practice some more. if you're doing strathpuffer you'll be doing this at least twice. in the dark. with cold fingers and bad light. and you'll be tired. never will your sleeping bag look so good!

not that i haven't had problems. and it is true that if i'm 'fixing' the bike no-one will visit. and it's also true that once when i was changing brake pads/having tourettes/breaking things and generally cursing 'small fingered japanese bastards' it was pointed out to me that, um, you've not taken the split pin out.

it's all part of the journey....

kate said...

yeh, jane makes sure she's out whilst i'm 'talking to my bikes'! talking of jane, i'm hoping that she'll be acting as 'support' at strathpuffer and then it will be her problem... for whiskey i'm sure she'll change your pads too ;)

trio said...

Yes tame kate, I turn up with bike I have tried fixing, they magically fix what I have broken and the original problem, I go riding!

sbrt said...

Try a hammer, if that doesnt work a bigger hammer. If that still doesnt work, ask for your money back it must be defective.

vdubber67 said...

Want to borrow my angle grinder? My favourite bike tool for when it gets REALLY tricky ;)

Groover said...

And mine are so loose and come out so easily that they rattle and screech and carry on that I get all worried I may loose them mid-ride ... or mid-descend :-0

ultra collie said...

no need to swear, children might be reading this ;-)

Joe Newton said...

Of course, now that mountainbikers have shed their gears and gone single-speed the next stage towards simplification is to follow many of the best BMXers and go brakless...

Your bike will be lighter and easier to maintain and your bike handling skills will be forced to improve dramatically if you don't want to spend your weekends in A&E! ;-)

sbrt said...

If that gives you stress dont even think about racing motorbihttp://scootercommunity.com.au/forums/storage/199/11230/wire2.jpgkes

The German said...

Kate - you make the tea and I will happily swap out your brake pads :-)

On a related note ...I took the old worn out ones from my calipers before checking I had bought the correct replacement pads (I know ...I know) so had to put had to go through the whole process twice ...and split pins do not like being bent / straightened / bent etc ....

There is a lot to be said for simple !

swiss said...

here's something to get you motivated (no racing/running but definite ss content)
http://www.youtube.com/user/digiphotoneil?gl=GB#p/a/u/1/HMZlYZ6qxaw

kate said...

sbrt- hammer is always the first tool i turn to...that might be my problem

vdubber- i would probably break that too ;)

groover- i'd swap with you in an instant!

uc- believe me, this post has been heavily censored ;)

joe- right, if i hurt myself going fixed, you are entirely to blame.

the german- if it's not sorted before 'puffer we'll call in on the way! cheers ;)

swiss- fantastic stuff! one of your rides? ...i particularly like the twating the caliper bit at the beginning ;)

muddytrail said...

The new Avids (Elixirs) are very easy - top loading.

kate said...

i like your style, yes, new brakes it is ;)