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Taping Bars(7 posts)

Taping Barsgrettman
Feb 2, 2003 12:49 PM
Okay I have been riding a road bike for 3 years and now my tape is coming off my bars. IT looks hard to tape bars. Is this a correct assumption? Any HOWTO advice? I don't want to screw it up. I don't think I have replace the tape because it is just separating ...just needs to be re-wrapped....any advice?
re: Taping BarsRaven1911
Feb 2, 2003 12:57 PM
Taping is not that hard. It sounds like the double sided tape under your handlebar tape is not sticking anymore. My best advice is to get new cork handlebar tape. Start at the bottom (drop) of the handlebar and overwrap approx by 1/2 all the way up the bar. There are single strip pieces that come with tape kits that you put horizontally on the back side of your hoods. If you do use the cork tape, stretch it slightly but not very tight because you will lose the padding and vibration dampening it provides if pulled too tightly. Secure at the top of the bar with tape and you are done. The beauty of tape is that you can take it off and try again, but it is NOT a hard job to do.

re: Taping BarsAkirasho
Feb 2, 2003 1:49 PM

Be the bike.
Think of it as a $10 facelift for your bike...hycobob
Feb 2, 2003 3:21 PM
There's nothing worse than shabby bar tape...except maybe a crystaline buildup on your frame from never washing off the sweat. I saw this on a Ti Serotta so bad the seatpost and headset were almost impossible to remove. Never mind, I digress. You can have a really sweet bike but dirty or seperated bar tape will grab all the attention. Just look around on your next group ride.

Its really not hard to replace and will make it look 10 time better.
definatly buy new cork tapebenja15
Feb 2, 2003 6:21 PM
start the wrapping at the bottom. wrap to top and wrap the tape so it goes over the bar-away from the saddle when you get to the top

when you start the wrap, start it so half of the tape is off the end of the bar so that it can be tucked inside with the cap

wrap an equal and ample amount of tightness the whole way

overlap a little less than half of the tape when you wrap it around the bars

when you get to the hoods use the little pieces they give you, or cut your own

when you get to the end cut the tape diagonally so that the flat part of the cut will be facing the stem and when you finish the wrap it will be even the whole way around

finish with electrical tape- you only need one width of wrap
I retape my bars all the timetarwheel
Feb 3, 2003 10:20 AM
It's a lot cheaper than buying a new bike every year. I usually change my tape about once or twice a year, just for the change in appearance. New tape makes your bike look a lot nicer, and different colors can change the appearance quite a bit. You can buy good quality cork tape on line for $10 a roll, and it's a pretty inexpensive way to dress up your bike.
one more tiptarwheel
Feb 3, 2003 10:25 AM
Until you get the hang of wrapping your own bars, start out with some of the brands like Profile without the adhesive on the back (like Cinelli). The adhesive style tape is a pain to unwind if you don't get it right the first time, and will tear up if you aren't extremely careful or lucky. If you wind the tape tight enough (not so tight that it breaks, though), you really don't need the adhesive. I have heard that you can peel the adhesive tape off the back of Cinelli tape, but I haven't tried it. Unfortunately, Cinelli makes some of the best tape in the most colors, but the adhesive is a hassle in my view.