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Why NOT tape bars starting at stem and work down?(11 posts)

Why NOT tape bars starting at stem and work down?treeman
Nov 8, 2002 6:11 AM
25 years ago I used to do it this way to avoid the various treatments necessary at the stem end (electrical tape or glue). Why do people start at the bottom of the bar and work up to the stem?
Nov 8, 2002 6:28 AM
your hands will eventually roll the edges of the bar tape away from the bar...


also, just doesn't feel good nmtrekkie1
Nov 8, 2002 6:30 AM
Slippage?Allez Rouge
Nov 8, 2002 6:33 AM
Like a lot of people, I ride a lot with my hands on the turn of the bars just behind the hoods. I always assumed the bottom-up direction was because the individual turns of today's thicker, padded cork tape would slip on themselves more easily, thus exposing the bare bars, than if they went the other way.

But like I say, that's just an assumption. My bike needs new tape right now, so maybe I'll try it the other way.
Cello tape could do it, very tight. Cork tape, no. NMSpunout
Nov 8, 2002 6:36 AM
Okay, then, maybe I won't try it, after all.Allez Rouge
Nov 8, 2002 6:58 AM
I'd hate to mess up a perfectly nice roll of Cinelli tape on an experiment that was doomed to fail.
I do - works fine. nmEager Beagle
Nov 8, 2002 7:06 AM
I always haveMariowannabe
Nov 8, 2002 8:36 AM
I find it stays on better. I don't like a piece of tape holding the whole shooting-match together. With the amount I sweat, the tape wouldn't last too long!
Good time to tryMel Erickson
Nov 8, 2002 7:13 AM
a cheaper roll of cork tape. That way if it doesn't work to your satisfaction you're not out much money. If it works, and you like the tape, you've saved some money. On something like this why not go against conventional wisdom? What's the worst that can happen? You have to rewrap, no big deal. For years I had my front and rear brake levers reversed because I wanted my stronger hand on the front brake. That's when brakes weren't as powerful and were less sensitive to heavy handed modulation. Today I go with the normal setup. Try the tape your way, you might like it.
Did it for years until I found out it wasn't cool.Silverback
Nov 8, 2002 8:33 AM
When I started cycling, I was the only teen-ager in a hundred miles who'd be seen on a bicycle. I bought the bike in San Francisco but had no idea how to adjust, maintain, repair or do anything to it. I peeled the old tape off without noticing which way it was wrapped, and it seemed to make sense to start at the top and tuck the loose ends under the plugs. I was SO embarrassed when I learned (after doing it for years) that that wouldn't work.
Works fine with thin tape, not so hot with thickKerry
Nov 9, 2002 6:26 AM
With thin tape (cloth or the old Benotto) you could indeed tuck the remaining tape into the bar end and secure it with the bar end plug. This was common practice. With the modern thick tape (foam or cork), it's hard to get a good finish at the bar end. I suppose you could use electrical tape to hold things, but there is a lot more stress down there because you have your hands on that part of the bar. Thick tape is also more likely to have the edges curl when wrapping from top to bottom. Using electrical tape as a finishing tape at the top (standard pro mechanic method) leaves a very smooth finish to the job and will not come off in normal use.