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Old 11-08-2006, 10:54 AM
CapnSnarls CapnSnarls is offline
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Originally Posted by bikewonder View Post
I was riding home last night and realized my brakes aren't working as well as they should. I pumped them, but was wondering if there was anything else I could do to make them grab better in this winter weather?
I had the same experience this week and a bikey co-worker re-educated me. You have to clean off your rims frequently in our rainy winter. In the rain your rims will pickup a lot of road grit which then acts like sandpaper on your poor brake pads. Just cleaning the rims with a dry cloth or paper towel will work fine if you are lazy or busy, but cleaning with rubbing alcohol will work even better. My co-worker is crazy and cleans and dries every tiny crevice of her bike every morning. I doubt I'll ever do that but I do now at least look at my rims every day to see how much grit is plastered to them.

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