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Old 09-14-16, 12:56 AM
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Can't find this (Dia-Compe?) hood anywhere.

Hello! I'm new to the forums, but found my way here after wasting hours searching for these brake hoods.

They desperately need replacing. I'm pretty sure they are Dia-Compe since that's what the brake forks are.
I've found them in exactly 2 places online:
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and Ebay attached to some other brakes.

Any help identifying them would be so fantastic! Otherwise I'm thinking about just buying some basic aero hoods on amazon and just cutting them to fit. Bad idea?
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Old 09-14-16, 06:12 AM
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At first I thought those had been cut, until I saw those eBay hoods...

Can you just use regular AGC hoods, and NOT cut them?

Not that AGC hoods are particularly common...
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What is a brake fork?
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
What is a brake fork?
He probably means brake caliper the only other place it would say Dia Compe.
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Old 09-14-16, 09:49 AM
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Have you tried to clean those with a household cleaner, possibly something that has citric acid?
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred View Post
Have you tried to clean those with a household cleaner, possibly something that has citric acid?


I seem to recall that Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works wonders with white hoods.


http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ic-eraser.html
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I've read you can "renew" these things by painting some PlastiDip on them. I haven't tried it.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
At first I thought those had been cut, until I saw those eBay hoods...

Can you just use regular AGC hoods, and NOT cut them?

Not that AGC hoods are particularly common...
I don't believe regular AGC hoods would fit those.

I have used soft scrub and a toothbrush with some success, but those are especially gnarly. Oftentimes what happens is you can get them reasonably clean, but they remain sticky. No good.
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They look cleanable to me!
If they aren't melting and sticky, or dry and crumbly, or torn, you should try it.
I've found bathroom cleaners with bleach clean white hoods well if it is dirt. If it is grease, try some Jasco or mineral spirits first, then soap and water, followed by the bleachy cleaner.
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If they aren't melting and sticky...
But if they are sticky, talcum powder can help. (After you've cleaned them, of course. Fwiw, I find Simple Green works well for cleaning hoods.)
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Hi everyone! Yes, brake fork = callipers, sorry. Didn't know the correct term.
I would be willing to try an agc hood, I'm just not sure if would fit. Maybe worst case scenario I can try cutting them if they don't fit over that plastic point on the end.
I could also try the Plastidip, though if that doesn't work I could be down a pair of hoods with no way to replace them :-/
Unfortunately, the rubber is sticky and "melting" so I don't know if cleaning them off will do me much good either.
Thanks everyone who has responded!
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I'll give cleaning a shot though. It can't really do any damage at this point.
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To Update:
I cleaned them off with citrisolve, which was very effective. They are still dissolving, and the cleaner might have accelerated that.

I sent Dia-Compe a message and request to identify. They confirmed that these aren't made anymore, but they were "OLE272-COMPACT SIZE Lever"

Looks like I'll be in the market for some new levers. Thanks again to everyone who offered suggestions.
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Shredderfoxwood,

If you end up needing new levers, I have a set of Dia-Compe Compact levers (black hoods in good shape) FS for $20.

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These are on eBay for $12 BIN.

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Shredderfoxwood,

I've got another person interested in the Dia-Compe Compact levers I'm selling, but he's willing to let you have first shot at them.

I know that you don't yet have PM capability, so a reply in the next few days via this thread would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by shredderfoxwood View Post
To Update:
I cleaned them off with citrisolve, which was very effective. They are still dissolving, and the cleaner might have accelerated that.

I sent Dia-Compe a message and request to identify. They confirmed that these aren't made anymore, but they were "OLE272-COMPACT SIZE Lever"

Looks like I'll be in the market for some new levers. Thanks again to everyone who offered suggestions.
Shredderfoxwood,

Have you taken care of your new lever need?

I've got another buyer that would like those Dia-Compe Compact levers but is willing to let you have the first shot at them.
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