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Wrapping handlebar tape...(4 posts)

Wrapping handlebar tape...Wannabe
Jun 6, 2002 8:08 AM
So what is the preferred method amongst those here as to wrapping handlebar tape? Do you start on the tops and wrap to the ends or start at the ends and wrap to the top?

If I were to start on top and wrap to the ends, would I secure the first wrap at all or will just overlapping the first wrap completely be sufficient? Also, wrapping to the ends, is anything extra needed to secure the leftover tape or is simply tucking it into the bar ends and securing with the cap sufficient?

I have been advised that wrapping from bar tops to bar ends will result in the bar tape being less likely to unroll. However, the tape I am replacing was wrapped from ends to the bar top.


I do it from ends to topelviento
Jun 6, 2002 8:19 AM
I have seen both ways. No real difference. On the ends, I have done both tucking in or just overlapping, no problem either way, except you need to make sure the plugs won't fall out.
re: Wrapping handlebar tape...Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2002 8:19 AM
I think that it's best to start at the ends and wrap to the top. That way your hand doesn't catch the overlapping edges and make the tape slide down the bar. Make sure you have scissors and electrical tape handy before you start. The finishing tape that comes with the handlebar wrap doesn't do a very good job.

I also start wrapping each side with the tape coming over the top of the bar to the outside. That way your natural hand movement tends to tighten rather than loosen the wraps.

Be careful around the curves to avoid gaps and around the brake levers to keep your wraps tight and flat.

Good luck.
Make sure to keep it tightly wrapped....jagiger
Jun 6, 2002 10:34 AM
this gives a good finish & keeps it from unraveling. The tape stretches easily with a little effort. If you don't get it right the first time, just unravel & start again. It took me a couple of times to get it the way that I liked. After your done, you become the resident "bar tape specialist".