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Mafac lever hoods- Crane Creek

Old 12-29-21, 09:35 AM
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Mafac lever hoods- Crane Creek

Posting as an FYI for those looking for replacement hoods for old Mafac levers.

The white half-hoods on the '72 PX-10 I'm rehabbing are sadly yellowing and crumbling away. 'Correct' replacements (either half or full hoods) seem pretty much N/A at the moment, but I'm not going for a 'correct' restoration. Intention is for this bike to be a rider, and I generally spend most time on the hoods, so... The Crane Creek 'universal/dia-compe' hoods looked pretty close, a few online reviews said they worked OK on Mafac levers, and the price was right ($10), so I figured I'd give 'em a try.

Fit is not perfect, but it's OK, and I think it'll be more than fine when riding.



The hoods are a tad short, not quite reaching back to the bars. I think it would be pretty noticeable with thin/vintage cello or cotton tape, but I'll be using either cork or another semi-thick-ish tape which ought to fill the gap sufficiently.




I had to cut away a square of material on the bottom with an x-acto to clear the lever as it pivots.



The original half-hoods held the nut at the bottom of the adjusting barrel in place so it didn't turn with the barrel. There's nothing to hold the nut with these hoods, so it spins with the barrel. I'll have to figure out a solution for it- possibly just some tape on the nut will do it, or maybe I'll have to get more creative.

For the price and for the intended use, they're 'good enough' for me.
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That looks much better than I would have expected! Which is one reason I hadn't tried it.

Thanks!
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That looks much better than I would have expected! Which is one reason I hadn't tried it.

Thanks!
I'll update when I get tape on the bars (which probably won't be for a month or so....!) and see if they still seem good.
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