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Repair of Kurayakyn brake/ shifter pedal rubber

While the Kurayakyn brake and heel shifter pedal units are high quality and beautiful accessories to boot, I have had problems with losing the rubber pads. Kurayakyn will sell you a set of new ones for just over $20, but I declined on principal- after paying such a premium price for the product, I didn't feel like paying more to correct what I saw as a design/material defect. I have now lost a total of 4 pads ( there are 3 on each of my pedals), and have sucessfully fabricated my own.

I was given a rubber sheet about 3/8" thick, but these can be purchased via tool supply dealers. To make a template, I simply used a sheet of paper, trimming it to the shape of the hole where the lost rubber pad had been. Using this as a guide, I cut my pad out of the sheet wih a utility knife, then shaped the edges on my bench grinder, using a dust mask to avoid breathing the rubber dust. To replicate the grooves of the original, I used my Dremel tool with the small "sawblade" bit to cut the grooves, then a sanding drum to taper and smooth the edges. I also used the drum to rough up the flat side of the pad, to give it better adhesion.

After cleaning both pad and pedal with alcohol, I applied Loctite Outdoor Adhesive (although the label recommends that at least one of the surfaces be porous) to both, and bonded them after about 5 minutes of cure. I then placed a wooden "handscrew" clamp over the parts and let cure overnight. My first repair of one of these was over a year ago, and I have yet to lose one of the ones I replaced!

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