I have a Tomos A3GM, and recently my front brake has had barely any stopping power. Whenever I put on my brake lines it alternates it sound between quiet, and a grinding sound. If I only use my front brake to stop, the bike will not stop let's say. When I took off my wheel and opened it up, the brake pad still looked like it had a lot of life, however it felt incredibly smooth, so I don't think the friction is there that it needs to stop. Do I need new brakes? I even took them out, cleaned them, and re-installed them, but it didn't help. My brakes still barely function at all. I am willing to spend the $20 to get new brake pads, I just want to know if that is what I need.
Thanks so much in advance,