I've been reading your stuff for years! Now, I'll take a few turns.
After 10 years monkeying with bikes of great variety, I have a little to add.
I'll try to keep my attitude/pride out of the way, always a bummer on forums...
So, here's my current issue, the one that drives me to register, finally:
I have 3 sets of fine brake levers and one set of not-so-fine gum hoods.
What to do? Yah, Yellow Jersey has some (@$79), but I can't afford 3+ sets at that rate. Besides, my choice would be for Modolo 919s and I know even new ones are fragile! So, I thought I'd experiment with making my own! Take matters into my own hands, if you'll forgive the pun.
I'm going to have my first effort unmolded in a day or so. I'll post my results here, of course, so stay tuned.
1972 Schwinn paramount tandem, touring tandem French frame,MTB style tandem, Several solo bikes including a Kabuki from the 70's
Keep us posted on the results. I have several old sets from the 70's that are about gone and your success may help us all. Welcome to the forums. Post this in the mechanics and also in C&V they will be interested also.