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Poll (sort of) Handlebar Wrap First or Replace Brake Hood First

Old 05-02-17, 08:55 PM
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Poll (sort of) Handlebar Wrap First or Replace Brake Hood First

Since there is a wealth of knowledge and instructional videos for both re-wrapping handlebars and replacing brake hoods (down tube shifter bike), I was wondering which operation you would suggest doing first

A. Handlebar wrap
B. Wrestle the %&#*ing New Brake hoods over the aero shifters.

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...by choosing to install the brake lever hoods first, you allow yourself the choice of removing them from the bar in order to install the hoods from the rear. With some lever/hood combinations, this is about the only way to get them on. Use liquid dish soap and water as a lubricant inside the hoods.

Sometimes you can get the levers on and off with the bar tape installed, but it's a little more of a risk, depending on how you wrap.

Anyway, that's how I do it.
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Old 05-03-17, 08:44 AM
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You can drop them in a cup of hot water for 30-40 seconds, which usually makes them pliable enough to get on...without making them slippery.

I find that most hoods, especially modern ones, are meant to be installed from the rear of the brake body. Even if you manage to get one on from the front, there is a good chance you will damage it/permanently deform it, and be forced to suffer a loose hood.

I concur that, regardless of whether or not you can get it on from the front, it's usually easier to do it with the bars bare. That extra 1/8" doesn't sound like much, but you don't have a great amount of surface to tug on with the hood, in the first place.
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Brake hoods really bite

I am on my second set of cane creek/dia compe brake hoods. I have heated, gresed, soaked, prayed...just not working
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Originally Posted by kevlar_heart View Post
I am on my second set of cane creek/dia compe brake hoods. I have heated, gresed, soaked, prayed...just not working
...I use those in the non-aero version all the time with good results. What are you trying to put them on ? Have you tried installing them from the rear with the levers off the bar ?
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...I use those in the non-aero version all the time with good results. What are you trying to put them on ? Have you tried installing them from the rear with the levers off the bar ?

The hoods are going on Suntour GPX Aero Brake levers. Dia-Compe made the brakes for Suntour back then.

With regard to removing the levers...nope, didn't do it. Mostly out of sheer ignorance on how to disassemble the brake levers.
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I decided to NOT be lazy and undo the newly installed cables and cable housing to loosen and remove the brake levers....what do ya know...a tad of dish detergent and the (slightly mangled) aero lever hoods slip right on...live and learn...think sequence of events then think again to see if that sequence needs to be altered to get the job done correctly.

I have a new set of hoods coming.

Then it's time to wrap the bars, install the chain (not in that order) and boogie on down the road
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Just did this myself, and figured out that the hoods go on much easier over the top of the lever housing with the levers disassembled. This way you can leave the lever housing attached to the handlebar. To get the lever out of the housing, loosen the tiny Allen bolt on the underside of the lever so the shaft pin will slide out. Push the pin out and the lever will come apart. Mind the small parts.

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