My front rim has a crack or split along the surface where the brake makes contact. I know it cannot be repaired, that is not the reason for this post. The rim is an aluminum alloy "V" rim, the brakes are "V" style. A while back I was discussing with my LBS owner about changing to a steel rim. We were just spit balling and talking about differant materials, there were no problem with my rims at the time. He advised if I do that I would have to change to differant brakes. I did not ask and do not know what he meant by that. My questions here, before I call the bike shop today are: Did he mean I would have to change the type of brake pad material? Or would I have to change to side pull vs the "V" brakes? Any advise would be helpful before I call. Thanks.