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Old 10-20-18, 10:32 PM
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Sticky brake hoods

My 30 year old white brake hoods would clean up with soap and a lot of scrubbing but get dirty again in a couple of hours riding. I even bought new gloves to no avail. I tried 303 with no improvement and was about to give up when I watched a RJ the bike guy video that said use Bleche White to clean them. I am from the white letter tire era so I was familiar with its cleaning power. It worked good but they were still sticky. RJ recommended that if they were to put baby powder on them. I was pretty doubtful but tried it. I am happy to report that after a 3 hour ride today they are still clean and not sticky. Whoever RJ is he is right on with this tip.
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What Brand of brake hoods???

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My 30 year old white brake hoods would clean up with soap and a lot of scrubbing but get dirty again in a couple of hours riding. I even bought new gloves to no avail. I tried 303 with no improvement and was about to give up when I watched a RJ the bike guy video that said use Bleche White to clean them. I am from the white letter tire era so I was familiar with its cleaning power. It worked good but they were still sticky. RJ recommended that if they were to put baby powder on them. I was pretty doubtful but tried it. I am happy to report that after a 3 hour ride today they are still clean and not sticky. Whoever RJ is he is right on with this tip.
What brand of hoods? Also model if known?

My 1987 Centurion Ironman came with Shimano 105 brakes. I bought the bike used in about 2010. The hoods were a little dry and dirty so I tried to clean them up. As soon as I got under the hard surface the rubber turned into a sticky, smeary bubblegum texture. When I ride it the stuff smears onto my gloves and onto the bar tape.

I've tried the well intended but lame suggestions of applying talc or baby powder but it only lasts for maybe half an hour so. Plus baby powder smells like Baby Powder! I just gave up for now.



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Old 10-21-18, 08:33 AM
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As nice looking as white hoods and tape are, I avoid them myself. I have sweaty hands, I can just imagine how disgusting they’d end up for me.
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Full disclosure I've never tried this. However, how bout baking soda instead of talcum powder? I know it hardens super glue quicker maybe it'll do the same to the white hoods.

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Old 10-21-18, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by verktyg View Post
What brand of hoods? Also model if known?

My 1987 Centurion Ironman came with Shimano 105 brakes. I bought the bike used in about 2010. The hoods were a little dry and dirty so I tried to clean them up. As soon as I got under the hard surface the rubber turned into a sticky, smeary bubblegum texture. When I ride it the stuff smears onto my gloves and onto the bar tape.

I've tried the well intended but lame suggestions of applying talc or baby powder but it only lasts for maybe half an hour so. Plus baby powder smells like Baby Powder! I just gave up for now.



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Mine are Suntour GPX and the bike is a '89 Centurion. Mine weren't as bad as yours look. I read another tip on here last night. Another poster says he cleans his then sprays Min Wax urethane clear on them and it preserves them and stops the sticky.
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My white sticky hoods came on my 87 Ironman and I periodically put baby powder on them. Baby powder is handy since I powder my inner tubes. Last spring, I rode the IM for 7+ hours over 100 miles and never thought about the hoods.
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I've used Armor All protector on the 600's, with some success. I think the issue is to clean with something that won't react with the hoods, and preserve/harden?/lubricate with something that also does not.

A person told me about Lemon Pledge on white bar wrap, and it does work pretty well, foam it on, let it sit a minute, and wipe off. Not sure exactly why, but the generic version did not work, and non-Lemon Pledge did not work. I've not tried it on hoods, because I tend to avoid white wrap and hoods at the same time.

I've got white Shimano 600 hoods, white Suntour GPX hoods, and white Modolo hoods. I avoid any harsh chemicals on any of them, instead using a generic version of Magic Eraser and mild dish detergent, and cold water. I have also used

The 600 hoods, and I've had 105, will clean up with a bit of yellowing if I don't use harsh chemicals, and will get white if I do, but remain gummy.

The GPX hoods clean up a bit better, seem to dry out fairly well, and less sticky, especially if I give them quite a bit it time before I do anything with them.

The Modolo hoods are much stiffer, and clean up easily, stay white very well.

Again, many early hoods do NOT like hot water. They will expand and stay loose. I don't know why. I have a set of DA 7402 hoods that simply don't fit like they should, as they're stretched out and won't shrink back.

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Baby powder worked on my sticky hood problem, but required multiple applications.
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I recently acquired some Shimano 600s and was worried the hoods wouldn't clean up to my desired standards. Per suggestion, I started scrubbing them with diluted Simple Green before moving on to straight dish soap. And while I started with a toothbrush, I switched over to the semi-stiff brush that came with my juicer. Just stiff enough to dig in a little deeper. Pleased to say that it worked well and even took some of the tackiness off the tops. But, that being said, I have yet to get them out into the world and see how quickly they dirty up again. I'm also hesitant to put them over white bar tape just for the contrast and risk of making it clear that they are just not primo anymore. I've also heard the baby powder suggestion. Sticky grips are just the worst.
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I've used Glycerin with some success on hoods.
Buy it at the drug store, or I've even seen it in Publix, so other grocery stores may have it, too.
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