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Handlebar tape tips(11 posts)

Handlebar tape tipsJohn445
May 29, 2002 10:52 AM
Any neat little tricks to getting a good looking, long lasting handlebar wrap. I have been using Cinelli Cork and am happy, but I don't seem to do too nice a job on the wrap. Any tips would be appreciated.

John
re: Handlebar tape tipschare
May 29, 2002 10:58 AM
keep a good tension on the tape while wrapping. this will keep the tape nice and flat. i like pulling on my tape while wrapping fairly hard, but not so hard that it breaks.
that's the only tip i can offer.
ditto. you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette...JS Haiku Shop
May 29, 2002 11:20 AM
it took wrapping and breaking two sets of tape to find the right tension. hint: performance bike house brand tape = profile brand (i think). unfortunately, mine lasts 'til i'm sick of looking at it and ready for a new color.
Nothing beats CinelliMGS
May 29, 2002 3:58 PM
I've used several bar tapes and have come to the conclusion that nothing beats Cinelli for shock absorption, not too thick, and good feel.

I start at the bottom, always wrapping towards me. I pull the tape snug, overlapping just a little less than 1/2.
As I turn up the bends, I pull with one hand and then try to smooth out with the other. If there is a little gapping because the tape doesn't stretch enough this is often smoothed out with the next overlapping roll.

I check after each turning of the bar, too make sure the last one is smooth and flat. If not, I unwrap the one turn and re-do it. That way you don't finish the job and have to re-wrap the bar. If you wait too long, the Cinelli glue will be a good grip on the other layer, and will tear the tape when you unwrap it.

If you overlap a little less tha 1/2 width of the tape, you will have the exaxt correct amount to finish about 3 centimeters from the stem.

It takes some time,I do it while watching my favorite show, but the end result is quite nice.

Good luck, and go slow.
re: Handlebar tape tips345
May 29, 2002 11:00 AM
Check out Tom Kellogg's website. www.spectrum-cycles.com. He has detailed instructions on how he gets it to look good.
Don't bother, he doesn't have it anymore NMtronracer
May 30, 2002 6:40 AM
Sure he does...click hereSS_MB-7
May 30, 2002 8:05 AM
Spectrum Cycles and scroll down to "Bar Tape Tricks".

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Thanks, I couldn't find it NMtronracer
May 30, 2002 9:45 AM
use cork tape without adhesive, such as profileBarnyard
May 29, 2002 1:40 PM
That way you can easily re-wrap if you don't like the job you did.
Cinelli Cork12x23
May 29, 2002 5:49 PM
Pull the adhesive off the tape. There's still enough tack left to "get a grip" on the bar, makes it easier to wrap, and won't leave a nasty adhesive trail on the bars to deal with when you replace it. Trust me on this one.
agreed ...bianchi boy
May 29, 2002 6:16 PM
Get a brand of tape without adhesive until you get the hang of it. I've ruined a few new rolls of Cinelli tape because of that stupid adhesive, which isn't needed anyway. I don't know why they put it on the tape.