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New brake pads break-in

How do you break-in new pads on a track bike? Do you do anything special, or just ride it with extra care?
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It depends on the pads, but I've always done a pad bed-in procedure that involved a series of progressively harder stops. 10 of them to be exact.

Get the bike up to speed and do a series of stops from like 50 or 60mph. This will get the brakes hot. Start off with 5 medium power braking efforts to a complete stop. Then drive for a while to give the brakes a chance to cool down. Then repeat the process using maximum braking for another 5 runs. This should bed them in and you'll be good to go.

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Here's some more information

http://braketech.com/index.php?optio...talk&Itemid=69

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More info, related to cars, but still....

http://www.tirerack.com/brakes/tech/....jsp?techid=85

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Many thanks! That's good stuff. I was actually planning to use the spray cleaner before I read the first link.

Thanks again. Tried to rep, but need to "spread more reps first"..
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this does not apply to street right? I mean, some of it yes, but its still a little different? Like, clean em off and just go easy on the pads for like 100 miles and then get on it harder?

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Im pretty much with Skydork.
Heres my routine.
30-0 easy x 5
40-0 medium x 5
60-0 hard x 10
Im not sure where I learned it this way or even if its right but its has worked for me so far.

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this does not apply to street right? I mean, some of it yes, but its still a little different? Like, clean em off and just go easy on the pads for like 100 miles and then get on it harder?
Honestly, I think it's more important to do for street riding since the brakes rarely get used as hard as they doing in racing. Especially new pads and/or rotors. I've always bedded-in new pads on this way.

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Im pretty much with Skydork.
Heres my routine.
30-0 easy x 5
40-0 medium x 5
60-0 hard x 10
Im not sure where I learned it this way or even if its right but its has worked for me so far.
Yeah, that's close to my procedure as well. But I go from a higher speed to prolong the stopping.

50mph-0 easy x2
60mph-0 medium x5
60mph-0 hard x5

Then I go out and cruise for 10-15 mins to cool off the system and then repeat the medium and hard sequences.

Also, it's important to note that when each stop is complete, it's really not to a full stop. More like a rolling stop. I don't put my feet down. I just accelerate away and start it again. I don't like the pads clamped to the rotors in one spot for any length of time while they are hot. So it's more like 50mph down to 2mph and go.

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when I change pads, then Ill give this a shot and see what it does. thanks guys!

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