Replace rubber on brifters?

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Replace rubber on brifters?

Postby mattyb » Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:23 am

Can you replace the rubber shroud on shimano 105 shifters?
My partner crashed her brand spanking new bike and said they look a bit banged up and I was hoping to replace the rubber so it doesn't look so bad.

Or am I up for how-many-hundreds to replace the lot?

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Postby inaminit » Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:29 am

mattyb, I'd say you can replace them, but not sure. I'd ask your LBS.

If you can replace them I'd be interested in finding out if you can get them other colours instead of the standard black. I'm thinking white would look good with the white bar tape I recently put on the LeMond.
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Postby mattyb » Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:50 am

I hope so. She's a bit upset about it. Front wheel got caught in tram tracks.
I know people have said the shimano shifters can't be rebuilt but this seems different as it's just a rubber cover - everything else works ok.
Anyway, a google search has turned up that name plates are available but I'm still to find the rubber shrouds.

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Postby mattyb » Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:01 am

Update - I called granprixbicycles - the place we bought it from (amazing service).
Hoods are available for about $25 a pair. They come in black only.

I'm glad, we can make the bike pretty again :)

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Postby europa » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:11 pm

I hope the biggest problem is her hurt feelings - it's aweful banging a new bike.

On the hoods, as you've found out, they're easy to get. The price sounds a bit high, but that might be my dodgy memory. Doesn't matter, in a case like this, the price is unimportant - pay it and fix 'em.

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Postby mattyb » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:02 pm

Yeah price is nothing - $25 for two of them - nothing compared to the price of the bike :shock:

She scraped up her arm a bit and put some cream on it (stingy) but other than that, it was just the new bike crash hurt.

She also said the hoods rotated on the bars so we will have to get those aligned again.
Any tricks to getting these symmetrical?

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Postby europa » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:09 pm

mattyb wrote:Yeah price is nothing - $25 for two of them - nothing compared to the price of the bike :shock:


Ah, that explains it, I was thinking for one :D


She scraped up her arm a bit and put some cream on it (stingy) but other than that, it was just the new bike crash hurt.


Good

She also said the hoods rotated on the bars so we will have to get those aligned again.
Any tricks to getting these symmetrical?


They don't necessarily have to be inline with the bars remember, mine lean inwards a bit for a dramatic difference in both comfort and useability.

To get them symetrical, just eyeball them, but symetry, while pleasing to the eye, isn't all it's cracked up to be. The brakes on the Europa need tightening (I keep forgetting but now that I've remembered while being in a position to do something about it ... ). I've found that over a ride, one brake lever winds up leaning a little more than the other.

Same thing with saddles, if you your saddle migrates to one side or another over time, leave it there, your body obviously wants it there (that can help with asymetric pelvic movement, which most of us have).

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Postby mattyb » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:59 pm

eye ball it is then :)

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Postby europa » Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:19 pm

mattyb wrote:eye ball it is then :)


Never ignore the accuracy of the Mk 1 Microptic Eyeball :D

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Postby stryker84 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:33 pm

europa wrote:Never ignore the accuracy of the Mk 1 Microptic Eyeball :D

Mine have Optical Acuity Enhancements, with optional Inbound Intensity Reduction Attachment.
(read: prescription lenses, with sunnies)
:roll:

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Postby europa » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:04 pm

stryker84 wrote:(read: prescription lenses, with sunnies)
:roll:


Oh, I thought you meant you'd been drinking :D

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Postby stryker84 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:10 pm

europa wrote:Oh, I thought you meant you'd been drinking :D

Ah, that would be the Opacity Enhancing Additive, in the liquid form. I've got a number of bottles of that sitting around, with varying standards and price points. They all do the job, just some are easier and pleasanter to use than others. Kinda like comparing chain degreaser and kero.

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