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Brake Block Inserts

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by HLaB, 6 Jan 2008.

  1. The last time I changed my brake blocks (V-brakes) I used blocks with inserts, a pair of these but from a lbs. I replaced the inserts the other day and found them no less fiddly than regular brake pads, if anything more :tongue:. I'm going to change my blocks on my other bike too, soon, is it worth getting blocks than can take inserts again :eek: ?
     
  2. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I have these types on my Sirrus. They're pretty standard, but dead easy to replace the inserts. Take out the little pin, slide in the new insert, then replace the pin.
     
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    ditto although I find shifting them bloody hardwork
     
  4. ransos

    ransos Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Needle nose pliers are your friend for this task.
     
  5. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I thought shifting them was hard - until I realised that you have to unscrew the pad holder quite a way... :smack:
     
  6. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

  7. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Thanks for that link - same price as the kool stop pads only!
     
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    ?

    I pull the pin out and then slide the pad out and along the length of the holder

    and it's bloody stiff, then likewise to put the new pad in, very hard work even with lubricant

    am I doing something wrong?
     
  9. bianco

    bianco New Member

    Try a small blunt tool and a hammer/mallet and tap it out, makes it a 10 second job!
     
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Small screw driver to ply them out, then a squirt of lube on the metal bit and then slide in the new pad....
     
  11. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Maybe I got lucky, although I did prise them with a screwdriver still.

    Good point on a drop of lube.