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Old 09-29-10, 06:38 AM
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Carlton hoods black or gum

I'm rebuilding a '73 Raleigh Competition that I've had since it was new in '73! I replaced my brake levers a while back and want to go back to the original Weinmann levers. I actually found a pair but they have white hoods. I'd like to find hoods (Carlton if possible) but in gum or black. Did Carlton even make gum hoods in the early 70's? If anybody needs white Carlton hoods, I have 'em. Call or reply if you can help 312-909-7611. I have pictures but as a new member I can't figure out how to post them.

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Old 09-29-10, 06:43 AM
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I've never seen Carlton hoods in anything but white/cream.

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Old 09-29-10, 06:59 AM
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When I changed out the original brake levers in the early 90s the hoods were black...maybe they weren't Carlton? My objective is to find replacement hoods, preferably gum but black will work, that will fit over my Weinmann levers.
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Old 09-29-10, 08:21 AM
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There were black Carlton hoods. They're kind of a hard plastic and difficult to get on/off. Might try and find a set of levers on ebay...
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Black Carlton hoods and white/creme Carlton hoods (with and without logo) as Neal indicates - there were no other colors available.

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Gum seems to work nicely (aesthetic-wise) with most classic bikes, no matter what color the frame is.
I find black hoods kinda dreary looking.......just like blackwall tires today.....just blahhh.......even cheap looking sometimes......
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
Gum seems to work nicely (aesthetic-wise) with most classic bikes, no matter what color the frame is.
I find black hoods kinda dreary looking.......just like blackwall tires today.....just blahhh.......even cheap looking sometimes......
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IMO, the color of the hoods contrast more with the bar tape color more than the frame color.. Just my opinion..

BTW, almost modern production cars, high-end and low-end come with blackwall tires.
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Originally Posted by cehowardGS View Post
IMO, the color of the hoods contrast more with the bar tape color more than the frame color.. Just my opinion..

BTW, almost modern production cars, high-end and low-end come with blackwall tires.
I still think blackwall tires just look blahhhhhh.........boring.............blaa..aack...blaaa...aahhh.....snore....
ATB, town bike OK, but an a classic race bike?... no way!!....
Black hoods and bar tape kinda give me similar "negavibes"....
JMPOs, of course!

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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
Gum seems to work nicely (aesthetic-wise) with most classic bikes, no matter what color the frame is.
I find black hoods kinda dreary looking.......just like blackwall tires today.....just blahhh.......even cheap looking sometimes......
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Black hoods go well on black bikes - if the Darth Vader look is the theme of the day. Otherwise, gum hoods can do a lot to ease off that look.

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Anybody have a pic of those black Carlton hoods?

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Anybody have a pic of those black Carlton hoods?
Catalogs show them on the Competition.

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I can't seem to find black or gum hoods. I guess if I want gum I'm going to have to change levers. The only classic levers I can find are Campagnolo and they're prohibitively expensive (like around $125). I repainted the frame (please don't freak out) a deep metalic green, looks almost black at first glance. Then I got new decals exactly like the originals in gold and black. I added gold lug lining (looks like brass brazing) and topped it off with and clear coats. I think that gum hoods maybe with brown leather bar wrap would look pretty classy. HELP!

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Originally Posted by Jay Gallagher View Post
I can't seem to find black or gum hoods. I guess if I want gum I'm going to have to change levers. The only classic levers I can find are Campagnolo and they're prohibitively expensive (like around $125).

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Should be able to find Weinmann levers and gum hoods on ebay with a little patience...
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Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
There were black Carlton hoods. They're kind of a hard plastic and difficult to get on/off. Might try and find a set of levers on ebay...
I saw a set of these over the weekend. Most uncomfortable thing I've ever laid hands on.
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