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Handlebar tape wrapping methods(6 posts)

Handlebar tape wrapping methodsPsychler
Jun 16, 2001 5:45 PM
So, how is it done? do I start frpm the stem or the bar ends? do I wrap towards the front of the bike or to the back of the bike? Thanks, Alan
re: Handlebar tape wrapping methodsVon Zip
Jun 16, 2001 5:59 PM
Start at the drops and work your way up to the stem. It helps to pull the rubber from the hoods up and install the short section that they give you under the brakes. When you start at the drops let a 1/4 inch or so stick past the bars ends so this can be tucked into the bars and plugged. Good luck.
And when you get to the top ...Elefantino
Jun 16, 2001 7:11 PM
You might want to use electrician's tape instead of the adhesive tape that is supplied with your set. Sticks better. Comes in red or black. Cool.
Handlebar WrappingXeke
Jun 16, 2001 8:51 PM
Some tipsLive Steam
Jun 17, 2001 9:04 AM
I generally wrap the bars with electrical tape first. This keeps the cables in place ( der. cables for Shimano and both brake and der. cables for Campy ). I then use some form of stick glue ( Rub N' Glue ) over the electrical tape. This makes the job much easier and holds the cork tap in place on those sweaty hot rides. And yes, some tape other than what is supplied in the packet is better for the ends. I buy colored electrical tape that matches to wrap the open ends. Remember to keep tension on the tape when wrapping the bars. A Park handlebar holder comes in handy for this job. If you don't have one, you can use bungee cords for this also. Two usually do the trick. Wrap them around the rim and tie back to the bottle cage or the seat tube. Use the wisely though as you don't want to mar the paint.
on those bar ends...Haiku d'état
Jun 18, 2001 8:04 AM
the OTF site and others advise to either wrap even at the bar ends or overwrap and cut off the excess. i've had good success so far leaving an extra couple inches off the bar ends and stuffing the excess INTO the bar, then corking it with the end caps supplied with the tape. either way should work...i just haven't tried the other.

good luck!

ps. i've never used any type of adhesive under the tape, and my wrap hasn't budged so far. ymmv.