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Old 09-08-21, 07:11 AM
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Tan Black or White Hoods?

Hey everyone while I figure out my freehub and tire situation, I wanted to ask your opinion of this.

The bike came with tan hoods that are cracking pretty badly. I’m thinking moving to black…would it be more of befitting?





For those with an eye for colour and with themes please let me know! 😀


thanks very much!

Now I need to get some work done!
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Old 09-08-21, 07:18 AM
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White is only white once.
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Old 09-08-21, 07:29 AM
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White is only white once.
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Old 09-08-21, 07:41 AM
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Black hoods, like black bar tape, cable housings, saddles etc is the boring choice. It’s everywhere and if you care about your bike being unique, it’s not it.

If you can make any other color work, go for it.
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Old 09-08-21, 10:21 AM
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I vote tan... more classic looking IMO
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Match your seat.
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Old 09-08-21, 10:54 AM
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...in ancient times, before recorded history began, all we could get was the tan colored gum hoods. So that's what I used, back then....before all this stuff got written down.
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Old 09-08-21, 11:11 AM
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For riding? Black.

For appearance? See above.
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Old 09-08-21, 11:18 AM
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black may be boring, but the hoods matching the saddle is a pretty standard and accepted practice. then add black bar tape for good measure. get goofy with housing if you want an accent color.
color bar tape works too, sometimes.

tan hoods are pretty classic/iconic though.

white? no.
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Old 09-08-21, 11:31 AM
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i vote white.....with wonder bread polka dots
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Old 09-08-21, 11:34 AM
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Buncha newbies in heah! Gotta match the tires!
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Originally Posted by oneclick View Post
White is only white once.
that certainly describes some Shimano brake hoods I had once, but the hard rubber Weinmann/Carlton hoods age much better...



I imagine black ages the best, and gum ages second best.
.... but shouldn't this choice also depend on the looks & colors of the bike that the hoods will be going on?

Steve in Peoria
(I've got all three on different bikes, and don't have any major preference)
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FWIW Magic Erasers work well for cleaning rubber.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Buncha newbies in heah! Gotta match the tires!

so, one gum hood and one black hood? just sayin'.
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Originally Posted by oneclick View Post
White is only white once.
And if you're lucky, you'll be able to get the bike off the stand before smudging it somehow.
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What are the brake levers? I don't especially like the tan Dia Compe hoods (or any Dia Compe hoods for that matter), but the translucent Campy clone hoods are nice.

Pic of the bike?
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Old 09-08-21, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
so, one gum hood and one black hood?
Boo!

just sayin'.
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Old 09-08-21, 01:23 PM
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Seems to me that black is almost exclusively a modern bike thing, so is not really a valid option for C&V bikes unless you're going for a very specific color scheme (all black bike and components, etc). Almost all bikes prior to the 1980s came with gum-colored hoods or no hoods, with occasional white or grey hoods in certain component sets. That said, it's your bike so do what goes well with the bike color, tape color, and your taste.
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What Andy said. Dia Compe hoods don't even fit Dia Compe levers.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
the Campy clone hoods are nice.
I haven't built up a bike in a while. But if I needed hoods, I would have to move the Rustines from a keeper on to the new bike (given it's not Campy equipped) and buy Campy knockoffs for the keeper. That's how bad it's become. Maybe a first world problem, but still...

tldr? Dia Compe hoods are gross.
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What Andy said. Dia Compe hoods don't even fit Dia Compe levers.
Well this is a bummer…

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