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First Time Wrapping Handlebars(5 posts)

First Time Wrapping HandlebarsKen
May 10, 2001 2:03 AM
I want to unwrap the cork tape on my handlebars. When I rewrap the bars using the same tape will the tape stay in place? How do I keep the tape from shifting positions over time?

re: First Time Wrapping HandlebarsDrD
May 10, 2001 4:56 AM
Some cork tape, like Cinelli (which is pretty much the only bar tape I use), has an adhesive backing to hold it in place, however - it also makes removing and re-using the tape pretty much impossible (the tape will probably rip - or at the very least, the adhesive strip will rip from the cork (that's been my experience, anyway)) - I imagine other cork tapes are similar - I would just go out and buy some more (typically $12 or so)

Some of the synthetic bar tapes don't have an adhesive back, and rely on the tension you put on them when installing them, and the anchor you use on each end of the tape (usually electrical tape on one end, and the bar plug on the other) - if you have that sort of tape, you should be able to remove and re-install it.
friction tapeSpoke Wrench
May 10, 2001 2:13 PM
One trick is to pre-wrap the bars with friction tape (not the same as plastic electrical tape). The friction tape has enough stickum on both sides to keep your cork tape from "migrating" across the bar and leaving unsightly gaps.
friction tapeKen
May 11, 2001 10:03 AM
Great idea! Thanks.
exceptKerry Irons
May 11, 2001 7:56 PM
now you have the potential for a gummy mess on everything when you take it apart. The friction tape tends to fray at the edges leaving strings of adhesive soaked thread stuck to the bars (assume you would throw away the tape on rewrapping). Bar tape is cheap enough (Nashbar has Profile right now at $8/roll for the cork filled) that it's really not worth trying to re-use the stuff.