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    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.
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    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.



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    See what I did there?

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    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.

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    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???
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    shifter, brifter...

    we all know what you're referring to.

    let cx get his panties wadded if he can't deal...
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    Complete pairs of shifters are like $50 on eBay

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    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.
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    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.



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    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.

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    How bout "shlevers?"

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    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.
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    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tooshortu2 View Post
    How bout "shlevers?"
    Actually, wouldn't that be "shrakes"?


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    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'.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tooshortu2 View Post
    How bout "shlevers?"
    Sounds...Yiddish

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