I’m going to make this short and painless. Take a look at my old brake pads. Do your brake pads look like that? They do? Well follow me because I’m going to show you how to change the brake pads on your bicycle.
I probably put up with really shitty worn out brake pads for the last two summers. Pretty lazy if you ask me, because without brakes, your chances of dying increases greatly! Trust me on this one.
Here’s what a fresh pair of Jagwire Brake Shoes look like. I bought two sets for about $6.99 each. I don’t know where they rank in terms of quality, but they have GOT to be better than what I was using.
Pro tip: To find out which one is the right one and which one is left one, look real close on the portion that won’t be touching the wheel, and you’ll see a little left/and right indicator on the respective pads.
And that’s it. Grab your trusty Allen Keys and unscrew the old brake pads. They’re probably really dirty, so be prepared for that and don’t be a wimp about it. When you put the new brake pads on, make sure that they follow the curvature of the wheel. This part is very hard to mess up, so pay attention!
Pro tip 2: You might want to install the brake pads “loose” to begin with, just in case you DO screw up.
In the end, it was a piece of cake. Brake pad replacement is one of the easiest tasks in doing bike repair yourself.
And that’s how you replace your old brake pads with brand new ones. Enjoy, and safe riding!