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 Post subject: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:51 pm 
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Evenin all,

I am pondering my next build and having posted about bat tape etc recently, i noticed a few brake levers without hoods.

I have a few sets of levers and no hoods (and i am not talking about the 600ax stuff!) - what is the concensus about using levers withour hoods?

I am particulary talking about Weinmann levers which may be known as 'Red Dot' or something similar.

Thanks all,

Richard

p.s for those who have not seen it - look at the Rossin Lo-Pro build in Readers Bikes - Droooooooooooooolllllllllllll...................


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:40 pm 
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I would say that if you want a proper complete build, you'll only be happy if you get some hoods.
It's the sort of thing that, no matter how much you tell yourself it doesn't matter, it will still not feel like a finished build without them. Of course, for riding, it only makes a small difference to comfort, and none really to braking performance, but such rational considerations are had to listen to.

I think there are some Dia Compe hoods out there that will fit Weinmann levers, though:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Style-W ... 565972453f

Good luck,

Johnny


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:54 pm 
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Hoods for me - riding a bike without hoods feels like my first five speed "racer". My top tip for buying hoods is buy levers with hoods, and sell the levers on. In my case - wanting white campag record hoods, the prices for hoods alone were crazy...


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:22 pm 
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Thanks for the advice, it confirms what i thought, but, as always, i like to check these details.

Richard


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:45 pm 
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It is uncomfortable without hoods but it does depend on the build older bikes (mid 70's and before) suit no hoods. When you wrap the bars you can figure of 8 around the levers and apply some tape around the lever body. Which I cannot find one picture of....


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:45 am 
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Tel,

Pics are here -

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=267693

i think hoods are better but if they are scarce, i have this option.

Richard


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:32 pm 
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No hoods fitted on a TT was a must not have item because it saved weight and saved you at least 0.0000000001 of a second
on a ten mile TT so if speed is the key Richard then its no hoods........................


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:46 pm 
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Ian Raleigh wrote:
No hoods fitted on a TT was a must not have item because it saved weight and saved you at least 0.0000000001 of a second
on a ten mile TT so if speed is the key Richard then its no hoods........................


Plus there would have been insane drag from the soft rubbery surface of those hoods which might have even slowed you down 0.0000000002 seconds.


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:53 pm 
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lewisfoto wrote:
Plus there would have been insane drag from the soft rubbery surface of those hoods which might have even slowed you down 0.0000000002 seconds.

This is wrong! I timed a bike with hoods fitted and it was 0.000000000.2.000 of a second :shock:

Does that timing even exist :facepalm: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Hood or no hood?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:29 pm 
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Ian and Steven,

Speed it not an issue but weight is!!!!!!!!!! Mostly mine!!!!

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Richard


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