This is about the importance of taking a closer look at your bicycle. As an example of why this is important, this morning I checked over my bike, I discovered there was an issue with the rear brakes on my Thorn Audax.
On one side there was a tiny bit of metal embedded into the brake pad. This was enough to cause a horrible grinding noise which is why I took them off for a closer look
|Note the vertical grooves: these are wear indicators|
The brake pad on the other side shows how the pad was a little too big for the wheel rim. As it gradually wore down, you can see how it was just starting to wear into the tyre.
|Running horizontally is the wear line of the rim (not very worn at all)|
These brake pads are manufactured by Shimano and are original equipment on my bike. Their performance has been adequate but not outstanding at all. It is, of course, worth bearing in mind other factors do make a difference: levers, cables, cable outers and of course the brake callipers themselves.
For a moment I felt rash and decided to buy some new pads even though they weren’t completely worn out. After all, in nearly 3,000 miles I have replaced one inner tube and now some brake pads; whatever next? Heck, does this mean my bike is nearing the scrapheap?
For quickness I have bought another pair of Shimano pads (£10.99 from Evans) but will research alternatives that might be a bit better.