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Old 01-15-08, 11:04 AM   #1
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Brake Hoods

Are brake hoods available for older bikes? I have a 1978 Schwinn Le Tour III and would like to put some comfortable rubber or urethane covers over the brake levers. Does anyone make generic/universal hoods that woul fit this model?
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I would recommend doing a search on ebay. Lots of brake hoods there, including "vintage" models. I've bought new hoods for my '70's Campy brakes. Not EXACTLY like the originals, but close enough-
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Are brake hoods available for older bikes? I have a 1978 Schwinn Le Tour III and would like to put some comfortable rubber or urethane covers over the brake levers. Does anyone make generic/universal hoods that woul fit this model?
Are these aero levers or older non-aero design?

If aero levers, then I bought these as replacements, and like them:
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...All%20Products
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If they're the original brake levers, these would probably work:
http://cgi.ebay.com/SAFETY-BRAKE-LEV...QQcmdZViewItem
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Check out Cane Creek hoods. http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...N-AERO%20HOODS
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I need non-aero. Looks either of those 2 hoods will work (eBay or Cambria). Thanks much!
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One other thought:
If you want to improve your braking performance, you might consider going to aero levers, something like the Cane Creek SCR-5's (made by Tektro) or the Tektro models that are the same. Shimano also offers them. Aero levers have a little more leverage than non-aero levers because of a slightly different design. I've found the difference to be very noticeable, particularly when braking with my hands on the hoods. In fact, I've got Shimano Exage aero levers ($15 at my LBS) on my '83 le tour luxe, I've been extemely happy with them. If you like to ride with your hands on the hoods, aero levers tend to be a little more comfortable, too-
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One other thought:
If you want to improve your braking performance, you might consider going to aero levers, something like the Cane Creek SCR-5's (made by Tektro) or the Tektro models that are the same. Shimano also offers them. Aero levers have a little more leverage than non-aero levers because of a slightly different design. I've found the difference to be very noticeable, particularly when braking with my hands on the hoods. In fact, I've got Shimano Exage aero levers ($15 at my LBS) on my '83 le tour luxe, I've been extemely happy with them. If you like to ride with your hands on the hoods, aero levers tend to be a little more comfortable, too-
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Completely agreed. Aero levers are generally more comfortable and give better leverage. I think they look a little neater too, with the cables under the bar tape, but that's mostly just personal preference.

Pretty much every model I've used was great, although I do like the larger, wider ones because I have large hands. Stay away from the Nashbar store-brand aero levers though... the hoods are too stiff, and the levers have a lot of side-to-side play.
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+1. Realistically, buying a new pair of Tektros will probably not be too more expensive than finding and buying a set of hoods, which may or may not fit once you get them. Not to mention the research involved. I put the Tektros on my wife's bike and am very happy. They should be ~$20.
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unless you have a burning desire to keep your bike period correct go with the tektros.

If you do want to keep it period correct Loose Screws has rubber hoods for a lot of old calipers
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