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How to wrap bars with bar-cons?(5 posts)

How to wrap bars with bar-cons?Colin_S
Nov 24, 2002 2:52 PM

I've finished finished building my new bike except for wrapping the bars. What is the correct way to wrap them with barcons? Pictures would be great.

Colin S.
Multiple optionsRay Sachs
Nov 25, 2002 7:46 AM
The "standard" way is to wrap the bars over the shifter cable housing for about 4-5 wraps (until you reach the start of the bar's curve) and then let the cable keep going while you wrap only the bar from then on and proceed as with any other type of shifter / brake lever. This allows the shifter cable to follow its natural line to the cable stops on the frame without curving upwards first. I've wrapped pretty much all of my bars that way.

Another option is to follow the curve of the bars with the cable housing all the way up to the end of the bar wrap and have the cable come out there, like with ergo levers. That introduces an extra curve (and a fairly tight one) into the cable/housing, which I would think would cause a lot of unwanted friction. But I've known a few people who have done this and had no problems with it. It would make for a very tidy appearance with no cables flying around in front of the bars.

Finally, some folks just wrap the bars BEFORE installing the barcons and run the cable / housing outside of the wrap. Flying free, with maybe one wrap of electrical tape or something to hold it to the bar a few inches forward, just before it begins its sweep around to the frame. This would make changing shifters or cable housing easier, but otherwise is just a bit simpler to wrap.

Sorry, no pictures to offer at this point. If you're having trouble visualizing the first method, I could take a couple of pictures of it on one of my bikes.

Kind of like another Bar-con question...tamjam
Nov 25, 2002 1:11 PM
A picture of my Voodoo, where you can sort of see what the "Standard" way looks like.

While on the subject of bar-cons, my right side shifter has come loose and falls out on any patch of rough downhill. Is there any way to re-tighten that little allen bolt inside there without removing the cable, or is my little duct tape fix going to have to do it until I'm motivated to do that?

Try this...The Walrus
Nov 25, 2002 1:32 PM
Shift to the largest cog, and then move the lever all the way back without pedaling, to put slack in the cable. Remove the large slotted screw that holds the lever to the bracket, and remove the lever (just let it hang on the cable) and various bits. That will expose the hole in which the allen bolt resides, so you can tighten things up again. Reassemble and ride!
Nov 25, 2002 6:15 PM
I have both of mine, wrapped traditional as well. I think this gives better cable throw as it is a shorter and more direct path