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Dia-Compe Non-Aero Brake Lever Hood. Features: Not compatible with "safety" levers
Brake System Color: Black, Brake Usage F/R: Front/Rear Set
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This lever hood is pretty well molded to fit the lever hinge housing commonly found on the handlebars of a vintage 10-spd roadbike (in my case a Sears Roebuck model mfg in the late 1960's). However keep in mind that these hoods aren't designed for ALL brake lever setups. In my case the handlebars have two sets of brake levers, one set upper and one set lower (a classic Dia-Compe setup). These hoods are not molded to fit brake lever setups like mine. I had to use my knife to cut/modify them by adding a hole on the anterior side of each hood to accomodate the mounting bolt/screw where the upper set of brake levers attaches/pivots. After I added the hole it basically worked, although not perfectly.
I do need to grease up the upper lever a little because it is rubbing on the hood just slightly, but that's fine. My bike is just a commuter. It isn't a show piece. Oh, and it was a bit tricky to wrap the handlebar tape once I had the hood in place so if you're planning to wrap your...
I work as a full time bike mechanic and these are the stiffest brake hoods I've ever encountered for any bike. One of them even tore during installation even after being greased up and dismantling more of the brake lever than usual for these types of hoods. After getting them on they fit poorly, having a much boxier shape than is comfortable for any distance of riding, creating odd pressure points in your hands. Maybe they'll mold more to my grip in time, but at the moment I cannot give these more than two stars for being unreasonably stiff, easily tearable, and uncomfortable, with the only pro being that they're cheap.
In case anyone with vintage style "safety/extension/suicide" brake levers is wondering whether these will work or not, I can tell you they will. You just have to cut a portion out of the inside (and in my case bottom) edges to allow for them. I was able to use regular scissors to easily cut through the rubber material. It's slightly uglier, but still better than being completely bare.
See my product photos for the exact spots to cut — although as the different styles of lever vary, so might your cut.
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