Wrapping Levers?

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  • 04-05-2019
    Tooshortu2
    Wrapping Shifters?
    Hey all,

    I am in the midst of building up a Long Haul Trucker. My previous commuter's frame cracked so I am transferring most of the components over to the new LHT frame.

    One thing that I just simply cannot find a replacement for is the brifter hoods. I have older Shimano 105 st5510 stis and replacement hoods do not seem to exist for those anywhere and mine are falling apart!

    So my question is: has anyone here ever ditched the hoods and wrapped modern brifters with tape instead? If so, how'd you like it? Would you recommend it? Any other potential solutions are welcomed as well.
  • 04-05-2019
    cxwrench
    Given the shape of the SHIFTERS it would be really hard to wrap them with tape. SHIFTER hoods are the way to go. Shimano stopped carrying those SHIFTER hoods years ago.



    See what I've done here?
  • 04-05-2019
    Tooshortu2
    See what I did there?
  • 04-06-2019
    MR_GRUMPY
    Have you looked on eBay?
  • 04-06-2019
    Jay Strongbow
    I've been on a few rides sans hoods (short story not worth telling). It was fine.

    I assume you mean some tape other than your bar tape. That might make replacing cables a pain if you use real sticky stuff but otherwise I don't see a problem with that either.

    Nothing was for a few rides, but long term would probably cause gunk to get in to the shifter so probably not a good idea.
  • 04-06-2019
    No Time Toulouse
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tooshortu2 View Post
    See what I did there?


    CX has an illogical disdain for the term "brifters". So, if you REALLY want to annoy him, use the term liberally! I personally am considering using the term "slevers" to refer to Shift Levers just to get his goat. Or maybe "tlevers" for Tire Levers. "Spost" for Seat Post or "Stube" for Steering Tube, maybe???
  • 04-06-2019
    Oxtox
    shifter, brifter...

    we all know what you're referring to.

    let cx get his panties wadded if he can't deal...
  • 04-06-2019
    BlackSquirrel
    Complete pairs of shifters are like $50 on eBay
  • 04-06-2019
    DaveT
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BlackSquirrel View Post
    Complete pairs of shifters are like $50 on eBay

    A brand new set of hoods would likely cost near that.
  • 04-07-2019
    Lombard
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Given the shape of the SHIFTERS it would be really hard to wrap them with tape. SHIFTER hoods are the way to go. Shimano stopped carrying those SHIFTER hoods years ago.



    See what I've done here?

    You mean, um? Oh, never mind!

    Wait, I thought we agreed we were going to call them DILDOS.
  • 04-08-2019
    dir-t
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Wait, I thought we agreed we were going to call them DILDOS.

    I like that even better than "brifters"!

    What I don't understand is why cx is so adamant about calling them "shifters" rather than "brake levers". I mean, whatever we're calling them, they occupy the position on the bars that were formerly occupied by the brake levers back when shifters were on the down tube.
  • 04-09-2019
    Tooshortu2
    How bout "shlevers?"
  • 04-09-2019
    cxwrench
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dir-t View Post
    I like that even better than "brifters"!

    What I don't understand is why cx is so adamant about calling them "shifters" rather than "brake levers". I mean, whatever we're calling them, they occupy the position on the bars that were formerly occupied by the brake levers back when shifters were on the down tube.

    Because for the last 25 years or so they've been the same part. That's what the industry calls them. There is no need for a shitty conglomeration of words. At this point everyone knows what you are referring to when you say 'shifter' and you're talking about a road bike. If I used 'brifter' in the company of my fellow team mechanics I'd get laughed out of the union. It's the unspoken line that defines a pro versus a joe. Or something like that.
  • 04-10-2019
    Lombard
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Because for the last 25 years or so they've been the same part. That's what the industry calls them. There is no need for a shitty conglomeration of words. At this point everyone knows what you are referring to when you say 'shifter' and you're talking about a road bike. If I used 'brifter' in the company of my fellow team mechanics I'd get laughed out of the union. It's the unspoken line that defines a pro versus a joe. Or something like that.

    Don't you mean a shifty conglomeration of words? Sorry, I couldn't help it. :D

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tooshortu2 View Post
    How bout "shlevers?"

    Actually, wouldn't that be "shrakes"?


  • 04-10-2019
    No Time Toulouse
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Because for the last 25 years or so they've been the same part. That's what the industry calls them. There is no need for a shitty conglomeration of words. .....

    Next time you're at KFC, ask them for a few of those 'spoon-fork conglomerations'.....
  • 04-11-2019
    rideit
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tooshortu2 View Post
    How bout "shlevers?"

    Sounds...Yiddish