> Could it be that the brake pad ("brake blocks") on the Stucci are
> cut from
> auto tires?
> The fibers visible in the blocks look just like those you'd see in
> tires. If
> so, was this a typical OEM material for brake pads then? A handy
> replacement for old pads? A restoration replacement? Or a high
> tech pad
> compound for wooden rims?
I have a number of older bikes and have a variety of materials used for the brake pads: leather on a 30's roadster, the Universal blocks like on the 40's Stucchi with thread reinforcements, 'regular' black rubber, softer red rubber blocks...
I don't think there was any special attention given to wood rims instead of alloy or steel ones.