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Old 10-21-09, 11:22 PM   #1
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Noobish question: Brake hoods: universal?

Quick question: I'm learning bike maintenance by refinishing a 1982 Trek 311. I'm pretty novice but it's going well. However, I'm stuck on brake hoods. Are they relatively universal or will I have to special order them? Right now I have the original Dia Comp brake levers with the top-exiting cables, and I'm probably going to keep them for now. Any suggestions?

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If your brake levers don't have the secondary "safety" extension levers that allowed braking from the bar tops, then these should do the trick: http://aebike.com/product/dia-compe-...r5050-qc30.htm

Also available in tan if you prefer.


I had a 311 for a while. It was a bit noodly, but it did ride smooth
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Any old Diacompe NON Aero. www.Jensonusa and many others who advertise here have'em. Most any place does. May as well get the black ones, easier to find, durable and I find them better suited to gloves.
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you can find the brake hoods at loosescrews.com. it seems like all the mfgs always had different shape brake handles, with the exception of Campy, Zeus, Superbe pros.
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Quick question: I'm learning bike maintenance by refinishing a 1982 Trek 311. I'm pretty novice but it's going well. However, I'm stuck on brake hoods. Are they relatively universal or will I have to special order them? Right now I have the original Dia Comp brake levers with the top-exiting cables, and I'm probably going to keep them for now. Any suggestions?

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Every lever is different. If you can't find replacements, you can buy a whole set of tektro aero levers for $25.
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Every lever is different. If you can't find replacements, you can buy a whole set of tektro aero levers for $25.
+1, although you can often force it on, and with a little bit of cutting it will kind of work.
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Dia-Compe is probably the most common non-aero hood you can find these days. You should be able to get replacements at any LBS.
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.... I'm stuck on brake hoods. Are they relatively universal or will I have to special order them? Right now I have the original Dia Comp brake levers with the top-exiting cables, and I'm probably going to keep them for now. Any suggestions?

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I searched on Amazon and found Dia-Compe replacement hoods (made by Cane Creek) for less than $8 per pair (I went a head and bought tan and two sets of black.

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Yes, you can get replacement rubber hoods.
But I'd recommend upgrading to "aero" brake levers (with cable routed under the bar tape) because you get slightly more braking power (because of mechanical advantage), but mainly because they're more comfortable.
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Thanks for your help. I called the LBS to special order the part and they had the Cane Creek hoods that mechBgon recommended in stock. I'll post some pics soon enough. Thanks.
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So let me see if I have the terminology right... any lever that has the cable routing running beneath the bar tape is an AERO lever?

I don't mean to hi-jack the thread, but I never knew this. I have this type of lever on my main ride. But I have been working on a bike for my winter commute that has the cables running from the top of the lever, also with the 'suicide levers' that extend along the top bars. I have been wondering about what it would take to re-rout the cables under the tape... this is the type of lever I need?
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So let me see if I have the terminology right... any lever that has the cable routing running beneath the bar tape is an AERO lever?
The cable on "Non-Aero" levers comes out the top, as opposed to "Aero" levers where the cable comes out the back thus being easily routed under the bar tape.
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