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Old 09-12-11, 11:14 AM   #1
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Any one have any tips for putting on a brake hood?

I'm getting ready to change my handlebars and it's been a while since I've done this, however, I remember that it was very simple until I got to putting on the brake hoods. I remember having a nasty time getting them on, are there any tricks (like when putting on mountain bike grips and hairspray/gasoline/etc)?
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What type of hoods? if Shimano STI or Campagnolo Ergo lever hoods, you should be able to fit these by hand, with no tools needed; but if changing handlebars, all you should need to do, is change / remove the tape, and the hoods should just need to be rolled up for that.
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Duh, good point, I think the last time I did this I was putting on new levers and the hoods were not on, and I just couldn't get them on, but you're right, there's no need to take them off, just roll them up. Thanks.
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hoods goes on from the backside of the lever body ,when remove from the bar. to make putting on easier , heat some water ,let the hood soak
for awhile to soften up ,then put on .
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also easier if you add some soap or water based lubricant.

I'd recommend the water based lubricant.
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Campy recommends rubbing alcohol. It worked for me.
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