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    brake pad replacement

    Should brake pads be replaced even if they are not worn to the line (Dura Ace). Bike is two years old with 9,000 mi. and we ride a lot of hills.

    A friend with new Ultegra commented on how good the brakes were. Was wondering if that was because of the new pads.

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    Clean them and make small adjustments to account for the wear and you should be able to use them to the line.

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    If you have adequate pad remaining, and you should at 9,000 miles, clean the pads and the rims....cables need a little lube occassionally and so do pivot points on the brakes.
    New pads will not make your brakes better if your present pads are OK.+
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    I agree with the others that you should be able to use the pads until they wear down to the root of the grooves,

    However, they also harden a bit with age and oxidation so remove your wheels and use a file to freshen the surface (don't use emory, since it'll leave bits of abrasive) or if they're fairly close to the end, replace them now.
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    Brake pads

    Thanks all for your comments. Will try the file. Already clean brake surface of rims with a Scotch Pad and soapy water as needed.

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