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Old 07-20-11, 09:56 AM
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Simplex shifters and Mafac Racer hoods

I am restoring a 1971 Peugeot PX10 and am looking for an age-appropriate set of Simplex downtube shifters and a pair of white Mafac Racer brake hoods for this bike. Do you know where I might find these?
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Old 07-20-11, 10:47 AM
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Mafac hoods are getting scarce. I picked up a set earlier this year off the auction site. Prices are all over the map. Simplex Criterium shifters are easier to find. There's a set up there now, so far the price is still pretty reasonable.

I got an account with this site and posted up a WTB when I was looking and got a response within a day or so. Might be worth the money to do it.

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Should be able to find both on ebay. Yeah, hoods have gotten pricey, but all oldstyle hoods have.
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Old 07-20-11, 12:59 PM
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Thanks for the tips, gents! I jumped on the Simplex Criterium shifters on that auction site. Still looking for the Mafac Racer brake hoods...all leads would be enthusiastically received.

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Originally Posted by Bamb00zler View Post
Thanks for the tips, gents! I jumped on the Simplex Criterium shifters on that auction site. Still looking for the Mafac Racer brake hoods...all leads would be enthusiastically received.

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Are these the hoods for which you search?


(thanks VelolBase)

If so I might be able to scare up a set of used ones at local co-ops here. They won't be NOS or anything but would be servicable. I know of one place that has at least two sets of levers with white hoods attached. You'd get the levers too

Let me know.
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Those are them, khatfull. The one's that I currently have are serviceable, but cracked; so replacements would obviously have to be in better shape. Those in your pic would be perfect.
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All of those hoods that I've had have been extremely yellowed and fairly dried out. The blacks ones I've seen held up better. Hmm.

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Not to hijack this thread - but if you do happen to land a set in very good condition, complete with the brake level sleeves, how do you keep them looking good? Is there some Armorall type preservative that helps?
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I've got some NOS ones with white hoods that, if I recall correctly, look like the ones in Khatfull's photo. Will check tonight.
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Originally Posted by Bamb00zler View Post
Those are them, khatfull. The one's that I currently have are serviceable, but cracked; so replacements would obviously have to be in better shape. Those in your pic would be perfect.
I'll see what's there next time in. I don't recall them being cracked but I do recall them not being that white

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Not to hijack this thread - but if you do happen to land a set in very good condition, complete with the brake level sleeves, how do you keep them looking good? Is there some Armorall type preservative that helps?
1) Never let them get dirty, clean after every ride. Same goes for all white hoods.
2) If it's a very special bike, wrap with Saran Wrap before riding. Yeah that sounds counter-intuitive but heck, they'll stay clean
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Old 07-20-11, 04:08 PM
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I still have the original hoods on my '84 Cinelli, and its my main bike. I've been poo-pooed for it, but I've put ArmorAll on them all these years. Certainly won't hurt...
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I was thinking more along the lines of preventing the rubber from drying out and cracking over the years. Not from getting dirty.
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Old 07-22-11, 08:35 AM
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Still looking for the Mafac Racer white brake hoods.
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Old 07-22-11, 09:19 AM
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I've been using Westley's Bleche Wite to clean mine for years with no ill effects. I don't use anything to preserve them. I don't believe Armor All's claims.
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Gosh, I didn't think I'd have a problem finding some NOS Mafac Racer white brake hoods. Anyone have any leads?
Much Appreciated!
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I finally took a picture of my hoods and other Mafac NOS stuff. Let me know if you have an interest.
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