How to make leather brake hoods for your Campagnolo (or whatever) levers

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.

Your first leather brake hoods for your velodelic bicycle.
Your first leather brake hoods for your velodelic bicycle.

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.

The tools you need...
The tools you need…

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.

Brake lever hoods
Reproduce the shape of the lever body.