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Old 04-27-12, 08:08 PM   #1
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Brake hood query

Is it possible (and I'm thinking it isn't) to install brake hoods without removing the brake from the handlebar?

On a different note and totally off the point, I rode the Masi on my commute today. Other than the wind the ride was great. But I believe the bike may have a problem. My usual 25mile round trip expanded to maybe 28 miles. What's up with that?
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Depends on the type of brake/hood.
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I think it is easier to replace while still mounted. The older non aero levers would have to remove the brake cable first. Most any aero lever can be mounted over the top of the lever with a dab of hair spray on the inside of the hoods top section.
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Is it possible (and I'm thinking it isn't) to install brake hoods without removing the brake from the handlebar?
You can do it with Aero brake levers.
I've never bothered to try it on conventional levers, because they are easier to remove than de-cable.


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On a different note and totally off the point, I rode the Masi on my commute today. Other than the wind the ride was great. But I believe the bike may have a problem. My usual 25mile round trip expanded to maybe 28 miles. What's up with that?
The wheels must be too small.
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I don't recall that I've ever removed or installed a hood except with the brake lever mounted to the bar. You can pretty much roll them on, pardon the analogy, pretty much like a condom. Hood, he-he...
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Hmmm... I spent some time trying to get one on a Campy Gran Sport lever. Removing the cable was easy because the lever has a slot down the front. But the point where the cable goes in sticks up so high. I'll have to try with a lubricant tomorrow.
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It has always been safer to install new hoods with the lever off the bar. Of course, with bars and levers already taped... it can be a problem. I have changed my ways, I now wrap the bars lever body off, it is easier at least with Campagnolo levers as the banjo bolt gets wrapped around and the lever body keeps the tape in position. My reason for going this route is the age and expense of old, NOS or even replacement hoods, peeling back a hood to nest the tape is more risky today.
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