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Q) getting bar tape under hood covers(3 posts)

Q) getting bar tape under hood coverswolfereeno
Sep 17, 2002 9:31 AM
Any tricks to getting bar tape under the rubber hood covers (shimano)? I just rewrapped my bars for the first time and it came out pretty good but could be a bit tighter around the hoods. I had a lot of trouble getting the tape under the rubber and was worried that I'd rip the cover. Is peeling back the rubber and tucking the tape under the only way to do it or are there any tricks?

Not that hard.Spoke Wrench
Sep 17, 2002 10:17 AM
The rubber hoods are stretchy enough that you can roll them up from the bottom, turn the bottom inside out. They'll stay that way until you finish the tape job. I do what turns out to be two figure eights under the brakes. The tricky part is pulling the tape tight enough to make it lay flat without tearing it. I don't see the need to use the little 4" pieces of tape that sometimes come with handlebar wrap products.
Agree--takes a little practice, but...cory
Sep 17, 2002 11:45 AM
Sometimes I use the little short pieces, sometimes not, and I'm not sure I've every done the figure 8 the same way twice. Just fiddle around until you get it. I think it's mandatory to flip those hoods up as Spoke described.
If you want a real challenge, the Rivendell site has some vague directions about how to get a diamond-pattern wrap using two different colors of tape. I keep threatening to try it, but I bog down in the instructions. It's at