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Sexy Wrapage(9 posts)

Sexy Wrapagebenja15
Jan 5, 2003 10:22 AM
I saw a link to a picture of a weaving bar tape wrap like this posted earlier with some vague instructions. The instructions really only make sense after you figure out how to do it, which isnt that easy either. However, it is possible, and takes some time, but you get some cool looking results. It also makes the bar more comfortable to hold.
More Sexy Wrapagebenja15
Jan 5, 2003 10:24 AM
well after looking at the second pic i see im wrong haha! n/mBigLeadOutGuy
Jan 5, 2003 10:51 AM
someone needs to call the spacer / stem police. nmBruno S
Jan 5, 2003 8:11 PM
Looks like a trek oclv...a 5200 perhaps? =)BigLeadOutGuy
Jan 5, 2003 10:47 AM
looks cool
howd ya do it?
Actually it is a Trek 2300 aluminumbenja15
Jan 5, 2003 2:14 PM
I wish it was the carbon, but i can settle for the aluminum

Here are some rather vague instuctions- you really need some pictures of the process to learn it the best, but if you experiment a little you can get it. I got these from a link posted a while ago.

"The hardest part is the start. Cut the tail end of one color on the diagonal, so that the diagonal part lays flush with the end of the bar as you begin wrapping. The angle of the cut needs to be just right to get the tape started correctly. There should be no overlap and no gap as the tape comes around the bar each time. Get that first color started one turn and let it hang from the bar.

The second color will now start in the opposite direction, much like a normal wrap job. Take a full wrap around flush to the bar end, then angle inward. The big trick is to have the second color tuck under the first color right where the first color completes its first wrap of the bar. Spend some time trying different starting points with the second color to make this come out right.

Tucking under is what makes this work, so take some time to learn the technique. When you are ready to tuck color #2 under color #1, you have to take the roll of color #1 and peel it away from the bar all the way back to where it is covered by color #2. Wrap color #2 past the part of color #1 that's being peeled back. Color #1 then comes down on color #2 and continues around the bar one turn, where it must be tucked under color #2. Again, peel back #2 all the way to where it is held under #1, lay down #1, then lay #2 on top.

Once you get the rhythm going, it's fairly obvious. You have to take your time at each tuck if you want to be sure to keep the diamonds straight.

As noted in the Bicycling article, brake levers are a zen experience. I don't think I've ever done two the same way. Sometimes I've used a short strip of tape around the clamp, other times I haven't needed to. The only advice I can think to offer is to try to maintain the rhythm.

When I get to the top of the bar I make angle cuts on both tapes and finish it with electrical tape."
a favor to ask if possible...allezrider
Jan 5, 2003 5:26 PM
I wonder next time you wrap your bars to do some pics of the process. that really makes it look very good.

good job and hope to see some pics if ya got time....
Give Proper CreditStmbtDave
Jan 6, 2003 9:17 AM
I thought I recognized the directions. This is just a cut and past from the Rivendell site ( If you're going to copy from someone else, you should really give them the link and the credit.

He didn't claim them as his own . . . (nm)Look381i
Jan 6, 2003 10:50 AM