Jan, The version with the ribbed white rubber band on the adjuster,
which Chuck mentions in his reply below, is from the 50's and would be
appropriate for your 50's bike. I'm not sure if the levers came with the
blue colored hoods. I believe the blue coloring was from the 60's. If
you like I can send you a photo of the set I have. Jay Sexton
Sebastopol, CA Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 22:40:23 -0700 From: Chuck Schmidt
<firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Jan Heine <email@example.com> Cc:
firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [CR]Universal brake hoods
Message: 11 On Oct 19, 2006, at 10:31 PM, Jan Heine wrote:
>> Does anybody know when and how Universal brake hoods changed? I
>> have seen them with blue paint in the depressed "Universal" and
>> without. Some have aluminum barrel adjusters, others are covered
>> with rubber.
>> Which came first, and which are appropriate for a 1957 bike?
>> Thank you for any input.
>> Jan Heine
Yes, and one version has a black rubber nipple over the top of the brake lever adjuster, another has a gum rubber version and a third, a ribbed white rubber band around the middle of the adjuster.
The easiest way to find the answer is to check the Giro and Tour photos of the period in question. The racers in the big tours almost always are supplied with the most current product and the photos usually appear with a date.