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Dammit! Tore my Hood! help please ...(8 posts)

Dammit! Tore my Hood! help please ...Bosephus
Mar 30, 2001 3:30 PM
I tore the hood on one of my Chorus shifters while I was retaping my bars.

My LBS said they would sell me one off of one of their bikes ... $30!!! dammit!

Anyway ... My own damn fault ... I was hurrying ... now how do I get the new one on without tearing it?

Do I need to uncable the bike and remove the shifter lever fromt the bars? Or is it possible to get one over the levers with it still on the bars?

Anyone with experience out there?
It goes on over the levermike mcmahon
Mar 30, 2001 4:30 PM
You have to tug on it pretty hard to get it over, but the rubber hood does go on the lever with the lever attached to the bar. I broke a Chorus shifter in December. When I replaced the shifter, I also pulled the other rubber cover off and cleaned it. It's amazing how much junk gets lodged under those things.
Does anyone know ...Bosephus
Mar 31, 2001 4:45 AM
if Campy uses a thermoset rubber or not on those hoods?

I'm thinking about warming them up with a blow dryer to make them a little more pliable going on, but if it's thermoset rubber, they won't gte softer, and they might shrink ... any idea?
yesjs
Mar 31, 2001 5:27 AM
I've done it, but you need to get it somewhat hot for it to stretch enough to go on real easy
ergo hoods $25 a pair at excel sports (nm)dave
Mar 31, 2001 6:01 AM
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re: Dammit! Tore my Hood! help please ...Live Steam
Mar 31, 2001 7:22 AM
Well you don't have the problem of removing the old hood. Just cut off the remainder. I use a spray. It is a "dry" silicone applied to the inside of the hood. You can buy this particular silicone spray at flyfishing shops. It is used on flies to make them stay dry and boyant. It also makes an easy task of pulling bicycle hoods over the shifters. It dries and never has caused any problems.
re: Dammit! Tore my Hood! help please ...Gary
Apr 2, 2001 4:43 PM
Yep, the same technique is used to put on grips on mountain bikes. But I think you'll find that using hairspray will work just as well and probably cheaper.
re: Dammit! Tore my Hood! help please ...Live Steam
Apr 2, 2001 5:27 PM
The silicone is only about $3-$4 per bottle and it has other uses. I use it on my pedals and cleats. It helps to keep them releasing properly and also helps prevent dirt and debris from clinging to them. Hair spray does work on grips and hoods, but I wouldn't use it on my cleats.:-)