Has anyone tried dropping their rubber hoods and just taping up their shifters with something like 3m friction tape (cotton tape, hockey tape, etc)?
Hardest part seems like it would be suitably covering the odd shape of shifters and leaving room for the shifting mechanism.
whydobearsxplod wrote:...3m friction tape (cotton tape, hockey tape, etc)?
As luck would have it, I have an ample supply of hockey tape in my household. I've found that clear tape, like you'd use to hold up your hockey socks, makes an outstanding easy-to-remove/waterproof/durable chainstay protector. Normal stick tape (the woven stuff), in white or black, can be used to protect toe caps or heels on your road shoes quite nicely. It doesn't last long, but its designed to be disposable and is super-cheap.
On the other hand, using hockey tape anywhere on the bars, hoods, etc. has always shown poor results for me. Even using a bit of hockey tape to hold brake cables or di2 wires onto the bars is a mess -- it's too thick, compared to normal electrical tape.
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Current hoods are shrink-wrap tubing. They're light. I like them. They last quite a long time if you get it right.
Past experiments have included a sort of 'felt' like material. Getting the shape correct then wrapping them to the body of the shifter takes some getting used to. I believe, from memory, 5g each? Maybe less?
Patiently - and I mean really patiently - working with a mfg to produce some really thin hood covers. My initial test of those was 3g for the pair (1.5g each) but they don't last very long if you tend to ride on the hoods most of the time like I do. Not even sure if it's worth producing to be honest, so it is a very low priority project.
Xena was an interesting bloke. He had a lot of interesting ideas, not often shared on the forums usually through private messages. I think the nature of this forum wasn't a fit however, there was a lot of tension and frustration from and with dealing with him in regards to many members here. He built a ridiculously light build once, posted a few small pictures without much description, got little response in 24hr and lashed out in anger.... Honestly I hope he's doing well wherever he is and whatever he is up to.
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