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Bar Tape wrapping(7 posts)

Bar Tape wrappingjef55555
Aug 21, 2001 5:38 PM
was told that there is a certain way to wrap your bars so that the tape wont loosen. which way is it???
re: Bar Tape wrappingLone Gunman
Aug 21, 2001 5:56 PM
Well to start with, your bar should be clean, you start at the end with plugging the tape and spiral over lap about 1/3 to 1/2 width firmly. stop at the hood and try to hand twist your work to see if it is tight enough. Proceed to the end point which is appro. 3"-4" from center. secure with your favorite finish tape. You need to roll the hood rubber back and finesse the tape under and around the hood. Some methods have you cut off a 4-5" strip of the tape and place under the brake hood and wrap over top of this strip. Some tapes have a thin adhesive strip that helps to keep the tape in place, optional to use it.
Try here.Atombomber
Aug 21, 2001 6:08 PM

Pictures aren't great, but you'll get the idea. It takes time, and can be a real pain in the keester. If the tape has an adhesive backing, it is easier. Without, you need to keep constant tension or risk unwinding and having to restart.
After rewrapping my bars about 5 times ...bianchi boy
Aug 21, 2001 7:40 PM
I'm finally getting the hang of it. I would recommend AGAINST tape with the adhesive backing, if you've never done it before. In my experience, I usually end up having to rewrap the bars a couple times until I get it right. If you use the tape with adhesive, it ends up getting the tape all sticky or tearing it apart when you rewrap. The regular tape shouldn't slide out of place if you wrap it correctly and tightly.

I also found out the hard way that double-wrapping your bars is not a good idea. I did this to get more padding, but found out that it actually made the cushioning worse. Sheldon Brown's website has a discussion on this (which I unfortunately read AFTER I had doublewrapped my bars) and it explains why having too much cushioning actually transmits more road shock to the nerves in your hands. Counter-intuitive, but true.
re: Bar Tape wrappingHaiku d'état
Aug 22, 2001 5:34 AM
starting at the ends, use 1 inch of electical tape to secure the wrap to the bar, then start winding it 'round. the trick seems to be to use enough pressure (pulling) on the wrap while applying that there is zero slack anyplace. the amount of tension should be just short of what would be required to break the wrap. if you're going to buy the tape mailorder, get two--a cheap set is good to learn from, and you can always use a spare roll!
my special wrapping methodalex the engineer
Aug 22, 2001 5:47 AM
using 2 rolls of contrasting colors, start wrapping them, with both rolls parallel. Since you are using 2 rolls, you can start closer to the stem than usual. Keep tape parallel, alf of each color showing, until the brake hoods. At the hoods, one color tape goes under the hood, so that it will be wrapping the opposite direction, and the other color goes under the clamp. Now the tapes are going opposite each other. Being careful, you will have a nice diamond pattern all the way down the drops. You will also have more padding than most. I did this on my touring bike, and have received many compliments.
re: Bar Tape wrappingdave woof
Aug 22, 2001 9:41 AM
I always start at the bar ends. That way when you ride the tape doesn't have a tendency to pull up or curl at the edges (cause by your palms rubbing the tape against the edges). also I got some double sided sticky tape and wrap that around the bars first. It keeps the handlebar tape from sliding around and ending up with those 'gaps' that look really bad.