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Installing Cinelli Cork Tape(15 posts)

Installing Cinelli Cork Tapelampshade
Apr 1, 2003 8:14 AM
I am 99% sure of the answer to this question, but this is my first time re-taping my bars and I do not want to screw it up. When putting on Cinelli Natural Cork Tape, do you peel off the thin strip of paper on the back? The directions on the box do not mention this at all. Thanks in advance.
re: Installing Cinelli Cork TapeDMoore
Apr 1, 2003 8:35 AM
Yes. The paper covers a strip of adhesive, which keeps the tape from sliding around on the bars.
Apr 1, 2003 8:46 AM
Thanks, the only doubt I had was that the paper may have kept the natural cork from strecting, sliding, or something else I hadn't foreseen. New bar tape will be applied right after work.
Conspiracy theory?TWD
Apr 1, 2003 10:10 AM
I never understood why that stupid adhesive backing was needed in the first place. If you wrap the bars properly you don't need it glued together to hold it in place.

In my experience, it's a pain in the arse and since it rips the tape all to heck if you ever have to unwrap it. You only get one use out of it. Since I get to unwrap my bars about every 300 miles to send my Ultegra shifters back for warranty, I have given up on cinelli bar tape.

I think Cinelli and Shimano have a conspiracy going.
Not to put pressure on you, butRJF
Apr 1, 2003 8:57 AM
with the sticky Cinelli tape, there is no room for error. If you suddenly realize that you've gone too heavy on the lower part of the bars and don't have enough tape to complete the job, you're screwed. If you try to unwrap what you've already wrapped, the sticky adhesive won't release and it will just tear up whatever it is stuck to. A big mess. So, you may want to do a dry run before you remove the sticky backing.

Words of wisdom from someone who also has little experience taping bars and really screwed up. ;)
I've never had problems.......MR_GRUMPY
Apr 1, 2003 9:09 AM
....removing it on the first day. You just have to take it off slowly. After one or two rides, it comes off in chunks.
Musta had the extra stickyRJF
Apr 1, 2003 1:18 PM
Mine must have been ultra sticky. I tried to remove a section immediately, before I had even gotten half-way through taping one side. Did it nice and slow. Huge chunks came off.
Did it last night -- tipsEl Kabong
Apr 1, 2003 10:05 AM
You do need to pull off the brown paper on the back to expose the adhesive. In my case, the adhesive wanted to stick to the paper, leaving none on the cork tape. It took some persuasion to get it started right, but after that it peeled just fine.

As far as overlap goes, notice that the edge of the tape is tapered. Just overlap the two tapered edges and you'll be fine. I ended up with about 4 inches left over, and when I do it again I will leave myself a little more at the bottom to tuck in and plug.

One final note is that the cork does not stretch very much, so it takes a little fussing to make it go around curves, but it's no big deal. Good luck!

El Kabong.
Remove the paper and the adhesive strip!12x23
Apr 1, 2003 10:55 AM
You can also remove the adhesive from the cork. It takes a little more time and eliminates the mess left on your bars when you replace the cork later. Once the adhesive is removed there is still plenty enough tack to hold the cork in place. Also, if you come up short when wrapping the bars you can unwrap it without worry of tearing.
Great Idea! Cello tape in the 80s never needed adhesive. nmSpunout
Apr 1, 2003 11:13 AM
Great Idea! Cello tape in the 80s never needed adhesive. nmcdhbrad
Apr 1, 2003 11:58 AM
Neither does Profile Designs. Wrap it tight and it never slips, but you can easily remove it. That's why I don't use Cinelli tape.
May depend on where you place your hands.dzrider
Apr 1, 2003 12:52 PM
I haven't had good luck with glueless bar tape. It always starts separating at the bend on the top and I hate the way that looks. I sometimes add a line of Shoe Goo at that point to hold the tape more securely. I suspect this happens because I often ride with my hands along the outside of the bars, but I don't know for sure.
Same here, nmditchbanger
Apr 4, 2003 8:37 PM
whaddya mean, "the 80's"?DougSloan
Apr 5, 2003 5:38 AM
Taping procedureCalvin
Apr 2, 2003 8:03 AM
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