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reusing bar tape(11 posts)

reusing bar tapejakerider
Nov 14, 2001 9:53 AM
does anyone see any problem with reusing bar tape? I am upgrading my shifters and don't really want to get rid of my month old cinelli tape. It has just gotten broken in good. Can I just rewrap or should I apply some glue stick to the back of the tape
and then re-wrap?
good luckJack S
Nov 14, 2001 9:58 AM
that cheap double-stick tape on the backside of Cinellis usually leaves a mess behind
re: just rewrap, if it doesn't stick use glue nmdzrider
Nov 14, 2001 10:09 AM
pull firmlyvanzutas
Nov 14, 2001 10:40 AM
When removing the tape keep a fair amout of tension on it, this will keep the sticky tape that comes on it with the cork not on the handlebar. as long as you can keep it in one piece there is no proble reusing it.

re: reusing bar tapebrider
Nov 14, 2001 12:12 PM
I've had the Scott Proper wrap for years, reused it many times. Doesn't have the sticky back, so no mess on the bar. Unfortunately, they don't make it any more.
re: reusing bar tapeLC
Nov 14, 2001 1:23 PM
The real problem is getting it off without tearing it. If it is realatively intact then should be no problem putting it on. Some tape does not even have glue and it goes on fine.
Rotsa Ruckgrzy
Nov 14, 2001 2:25 PM
Probably get flamed for that subject line.....

You'll have a very tough time getting it off without tearing it. I've done it, but it never works out very well. You'll spend a bunch of time, tear it eventually, and then buy some new tape. Might as well just cut to the chase.
next time12x23
Nov 14, 2001 3:50 PM
Next time you use Cinelli cork take a little time and pull the two-sided tape off the cork. It's easy, just takes a little patience. Left behind is a tacky feeling surface to wrap the bar, and the next time you remove it you want have all that crap left behind on your handlebar. I haven't tried, but I bet it would then be easy to reuse.
re: reusing bar tapeWoof the dog
Nov 15, 2001 5:01 AM
another reason why I use cheap Cyclolinea Pelten tape (Vinyl black version). I never understood why people use cork tape. Its the stupidest idea ever, other than tradition. I've used up enough cork and ripped through all of them, and no I don't throw my bike around but always lean it carefully as not to scrape anything. Cork tape simply sucks! Its like having a car bumper made of chocolate = not durable and gets ugly very quickly. What a waste of money and time!
I do it all the time ...tarwheel
Nov 15, 2001 5:47 AM
Because I can't ever seem to wrap my bars right the first time. Personally I prefer tape without the sticky backing. Peeling it off sounds like a good idea. I wouldn't add any more glue to the back, sounds like a big mess. Even if you peel the sticky stuff off the back of the Cinelli tape, it will still have some remaining tackiness.
I'm with greasynee Spoke Wrench
Nov 16, 2001 8:45 AM
I've done it successfully, but it hardly seems worth the effort for purely cosmetic reasons. The cork stretches where it goes around the brake levers and doesn't usually go back in exactly the same place so you wind up with unsightly loose wrapped edges.

A cool tape job is the fastest and cheapest way to gain style points, a crummy job loses points big time because even non-bike-people notice.