Bicycle Mechanics - Fixing Torn Rubber
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My hood is torn like this:
That's not a chunk missing, but rather it's just gaping a bit due to the stretchiness. How would you suggest I fix this tear? The hood is fresh rubber if it matters. I have access to soldering and woodburning tools, but I've had limited success with fusing rubber together.
How about liquid rubber products? Have any of you tried that?
Have not played with hoods but have done some other stuff with rubber and for this application you are probably not going to find something that will 'hold together' that will not cost you more than finding a replacement.
just my 2-cents
Well how about it anyway? I'm willing to pay $10 or $20 if it's a product that I can reuse in the future. I'm all for various cool substances. Also, I considered melting a rubber band or something else rubber to hold it together.
06-06-07, 08:00 PM
patch it from the backside with some old tube and rubber cement?
06-06-07, 08:25 PM
06-06-07, 09:04 PM
Shoe Goo should work to fill in the gap and will feel pretty much like the original hood after it dries.
06-06-07, 09:19 PM
Is it just the appearance bothering you? Or is the moving parts exposed by the crack pinching your skin? If style is important get new hoods. When I have gloves on I don't even need hoods. Commercial electrical supply stores have self-vulcanizing tape. Put a strip of that all the way around the hood covering the crack and let it set.
Appearance and concern over durability. It's right below the lever so every time I depress the lever I stretch it a little. Shoe goo sounds like the most interesting option so far.
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