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Old 08-14-16, 08:27 PM
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Brake Hood Removal

Hi everyone,
I am trying to loosen up the brake hoods on my Surly Long Haul Trucker ( made in 2011) for removal. I'm able to peel them down about halfway. However, in terms of moving them up, they are pretty stuck. In fact they seem to have turned into hardened plastic. Besides using heat, do I have any options for loosening them up? (We are in the middle of a heat wave & my work space does not have air conditioning.) I uploaded a photo in case it is helpful.
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Old 08-14-16, 10:13 PM
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Are you trying to remove the levers or the hoods?
If levers, what brand are your levers?
Campy would have the clamp band screw well exposed by now.
Some levers offer access to the clamp band screw when you fold the brake lever all the way back.
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I'm also not sure what you are trying to accomplish. I'll assume you want to loosen the entire lever to move or remove it.

Those are most likely Tektro brake levers and the band clamping bolt is accessible by opening the brake quick release (or loosening the cable clamp at the caliper) and pulling the lever as far as possible. The bolt is behind the cable and requires a 5 mm allen wrench. A ball-end (Bondhus-type) hex key makes it easier.
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Originally Posted by HillRider
I'm also not sure what you are trying to accomplish. I'll assume you want to loosen the entire lever to move or remove it.
Those are most likely Tektro brake levers and the band clamping bolt is accessible by opening the brake quick release (or loosening the cable clamp at the caliper) and pulling the lever as far as possible. The bolt is behind the cable and requires a 5 mm allen wrench. A ball-end (Bondhus-type) hex key makes it easier.
Hi HillRider,
According to my bike's specifications, I have Tektro RL340 levers. I'm trying to move the brake levers & hoods with them up an inch or so closer to me on the handlebars to lessen the distance I have to reach & thereby improve bike fit.
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Then rubber hood, is just a cover for the lever body which is what is attached to the handlebar. As noted before, you loosen the clamping band by "applying the brake" all the way, and accessing the bolt head under the cable.

In some cases you need to remove the cable from the brake pinch bolt to get enough slack to move the cable out of your way, though you can usually get enough slack if you remove the wheel and use some string to hold the brake closed.
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You don't have to remove the rubber hoods to loosen and move or remove the levers. As FB noted, it's just a cover and doesn't hide the clamp bolt.
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Reading this made me curious, so I went to check the Tektro brake levers on my touring bike. Sure enough I found the clamp bolt exactly where FBinNY said it was
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Originally Posted by alcjphil
Reading this made me curious, so I went to check the Tektro brake levers on my touring bike. Sure enough I found the clamp bolt exactly where FBinNY said it was
Let's try to be accurate here. The bolt was where Hillrider said it was. I only clarified his earlier post (no.3).
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Let's try to be accurate here. The bolt was where Hillrider said it was. I only clarified his earlier post (no.3).
Sorry, I was just looking at the last few posts, but at least we all agree about where the clamp bolt is located
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Originally Posted by alcjphil
Sorry, I was just looking at the last few posts, but at least we all agree about where the clamp bolt is located
No issue, I was just trying to give credit where it as due.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
No issue, I was just trying to give credit where it as due.
My apology stands, I understand exactly why you corrected me. Classy move
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Originally Posted by alcjphil
My apology stands, I understand exactly why you corrected me. Classy move
FB is a classy guy. No apology needed. As long as you got the correct information it really doesn't matter to me who gets the credit.
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Originally Posted by HillRider
FB is a classy guy. No apology needed. As long as you got the correct information it really doesn't matter to me who gets the credit.
No matter, I am a Canadian. We apologize at the drop of a hat. Let's hope that the OP got the message and was able to adjust those brake levers
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