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Old 01-21-11, 02:09 PM   #1
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Brake hoods with turkey - safety levers?

I've searched for an answer to this but haven't found anything. Does anyone know a procedure to use both brake hoods, and turkey levers? I like my turkey levers, but really want brake hoods for climbing.. surely someone has done this before.. longer screws? spacers?? I'm working with DiaCompe brakes on a '80 Trek 610.
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I was at a frame building shop and I saw it being done on a restoration. He used a punch, the type that allows you to punch a single hole in paper for use in a ring binder. As I remember, the turkey lever was off the lever body, the hood was on, he made a mark where the turkey lever's axle (or whatever it's called) exits the lever body and punched a hole with the hand held punch. If you disassemble your lever, you can see if the punch will make a large enough hole in the hood. Good luck!
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Dia Compe used to offer hooded brake levers with a turkey lever option. The black hoods had a perforated hole that you can punch out and bolt the turkey lever to the main body. I don't recall model #s, but try ebay for searching a pair.
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Ah.. found an ebay pair, but the pic is of the wrong side!
http://cgi.ebay.com/1980S-DIA-COMPE-...item230d901d28

I figured I could just punch out a hole in the side of the hood like you've suggested, it just looks like there isn't clearance between the turkey lever and the brake lever for the hood to fit so it would need a spacer of sorts.. I guess I'll just buy some cane creek hoods and try to rig something up.
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You know what I love about this forum? Someone asks a question about turkey levers, and people provide helpful answers, instead of saying "Turkey levers! What the hell are you using turkey levers for?" We're polite, helpful, and non-judgmental--a regular bunch of Boy Scouts (and Girl Scounts.)

On second thought, we're way beyond the Boy Scouts in those areas.
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Jonvara, I agree.... My Trek 610 shipped from the factory with turkey wings, so as far as I'm concerned, the turkey wings need to stay! The bars are just so darn narrow. At a minimum I need to get hoods so I can use that riding position. I might change to a wider SR Rando bar, which will help I think. It bugs me a bit that they won't be the bars that came on the bike but it's pretty darn close.

I even went out of my way to make sure that my replacement (longer) stem was an SR, because thats what it's supposed to have! I still have my pie plate as well. I'm having a freehub issue right now as well and someone suggested I switch to a 7sd uniglide freehub which will shift better, but my bike came with a 6sp Suntour, so that's what it should be! I'm hoping to resolve my issue without changing freehubs.
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I usually just use an exacto knife and cut out a circle. Its not perfect, but it is hidden by the lever itself. I use the Cane Creek reproduction dia-compe lever hoods. Can find them at Niagara Cycle and other online outlets.
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Are you looking for brown or black? I've got a set of brown, the punch outs are on both sides of the hoods. They're fairly new, pm me if you're interested.

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FYI, changing to rando bars may not work with turkey levers. The drops on rando bars tend to be splayed out like /------\ which may put the center of the turkey levers sloping down in the middle away from the stem. Although some rando bars also tend to slope upward on the "flat" section on the tops which may negate my previous statement.
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Will, good point, I hadn't thought about that. There just happens to be a rando bar thread going on here right now with lots of pics so I can get a good idea about how it might fit.
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Not sure, but you might have to provide a spacer/washer(s) between the levers and the hoods so that the levers can pivot freeley.

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Replacement rubber hoods are readily available and generally the holes are on both sides as described above. Dia-compe and Cane Creek are the brands I see most often. This really isn't a complicated thing, you can find them online or talk to your LBS.
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Shimano actually made a nonaero Z series lever that could have turkey levers installed. no nobody believes me when I say this but, Shimano actually made an aero style lever that would accept a turkey lever.

these are shimano slightly different than the stock lever but these were in better shape overall

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