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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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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".. :thumbsup:
 

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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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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 stop for any length of time while they are hot. So it's more like 50mph down to 2mph and go.
:+1: On the rolling stop.
 

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If you're switch from one pad to another you may need to scour the rotor.

Part of the bedding in process is the pads depositing brake pad material onto the rotor. Sometimes mixing material from different pads can decrease brake performance. Just to be safe, if I am switching to a different pad I scour the rotors.
 

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If you're switch from one pad to another you may need to scour the rotor.
Do you use a rotor hone, like this one?



Is there any special procedure recommended for this? I hope you don't have to put the rotors on a lathe (because I don't have access to one).
 

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Do you use a rotor hone, like this one?

Is there any special procedure recommended for this? I hope you don't have to put the rotors on a lathe (because I don't have access to one).
Thats exactly what i use.

Take the front wheel off and put it on its side. Scour the outside of both rotors then unbolt the rotors. Then unbolt both rotors, flip them around and finger tighten two bolts back on for each rotor then scour the inside of each rotor (which is now facing out). Then bolt them back on properly.
 
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