Most likely old gum brake lever hoods are sticky, or damaged, or both sticky and damaged. Velodelics show you the way how to avoid fucking expensive ‘NOS’ replacements – or even worse, shabby replica.
What do we need?
Pencil, scissors, sharp cutter, piece of paper, natural leather (weak pigmented ‘anilin’ leather, not too thick, but maybe thicker than the one I used), leather straps, Pattex glue, hammer, leather eyelets (including tools, like a puncher) – and: some brake levers.
1. Reproduce the shape/outline of the lever body on a piece of paper
Start with the top of the brake lever and turn the lever to the sides. You will have to add some extra space for a better fit.
2. Cut out the leather with the help of the stencil
Use reasonable scissors. Add even more extra space (if you like).
3. Adapt the leather to the form of the lever body
Use your fingers to press the leather into the shape of the lever body. As long as the leather is wet, you can shape it into every form (imagine what other things you could wrap with technique!). Try to press the leather into the edges so they leave a mark.
4. Let the leather dry slowly
Leave the leather attached. From time to time you can use your fingers to shape the leather and optimise the form. The drying time can vary greatly, depending temperature and the leather you use (up to many hours).
5. Cut the superfluous leather
After drying, the edges of the lever body should be visible as weak marks/imprints. You can use those marks as a guide for cutting the final form of the leather. Keep in mind, that you need some extra material at the front to overlap (gluing), the backside and at the bottom side for being able to adjust the fit.
6. Cut a hole for the brake cable
7. Assemble the eyelets at the bottom of the hoods
8. Fix the hoods provisionally and glue the front together
9. Final cut and assembling of the hoods
Assembling the hoods can be tricky, depending on the levers you use cialis comprar. You have to remove the strings again then try and error until you find the right steps to assemble the hoods to the handlebar. Use some nice strings and invent a reasonable lacing so that the ends of the strings are invisible.
10. Try your own way
This is only one way to fix the hoods to the levers. You can also stitch them together instead of gluing them. You can also replace the eyelets with stitches. This is of course more time expensive and you will not be able to remove the hoods quickly if you have to replace the cables. In this tutorial I used Campagnolo brake levers. It is possible be that other levers require other procedures.