Brake pads & spares
Fibrax Xtreme wet weather pads really bring budget stoppers up to scratch without running up an overdraft. They're not just for side-pulls or centre-pulls either – there's a version for V brakes. Folks with ceramic or carbon rims will need to look elsewhere though since they're only designed for conventional alloy rims.
These SwissStop GHP2 Full RxPlus brake-pads are just one of the variety of pad compounds from the Mendrisio based company that does a whole range of useful rubber and elastic products and not just bits for stopping.
Spa Cycles' Allen Key to Nut Conversion bolt may not sound exciting but if you want to boost the braking performance on an old bike believe me it is. That's because this is the simplest means of bestowing the benefits of modern dual pivot braking (without resorting to drilling or similarly permanent surgery) to older framesets. Shaving a few grams over OEM types, it's perfect for classic TT mounts, old road bikes and you'll only need one for a road fixers running a single.
Aimed at higher end, competition quality callipers, Jagwire Sleek Rd pads provide superior braking prowess without sacrificing modulation so are logical alternatives for Shimano’s racier Dura Ace, Ultegra and 105 family. That said, those looking to bolster the performance of older top-flight single pivots might be pleasantly surprised but the sleek wouldn’t be a cost effective upgrade for lowlier models.
Marketed as a road series, Jagwire Pro Cantilever pads aren’t compatible with the latest generation of wide-arm cross-type brakes but they are the perfect performance perk for older Shimano M-system brakes and others employing 7mm thread bolts. The cartridge design means they can be upgraded for something condition-specific should you prefer, but the standard compound has inspiring confidence in all weathers.
These lightweight pads from Ashima are a great alternative to top end blocks if you're upgrading or building from scratch.
They certainly look very smart, with a brightly shining silver body and two differently coloured compounds in the block itself.
Their name might not grab your attention but BBB’s Techstop pads are certainly wolves in sheep’s clothing when it comes to stopping lightweight road bikes on the proverbial sixpence, and they’re better suited to the rigours of winter than most thanks to medium compounds and unique design.
Jagwire’s Pro Road Cartridge pads inspire confidence in all weathers and thanks to universal fit they’re sound replacements/upgrades for mid range callipers. However, soft or dual compounds better serve riders nudging 90Kg-especially those regularly riding in foul weather.