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silly question about bar tape(4 posts)

silly question about bar tapegrande
Jun 15, 2003 4:43 PM
I'm playing and tweaking with the fit of my bike. Bar, stem, shifters placement. Can you wrap a bar and still adjust the shifter/lever placement (up and down the bar). I'm talking less than a half inch either way-not much. Right now I'm riding without tape- actually medical cloth tape just to hold the cables to the bar.Sorry fer the sillyness, I'm a MTBer who just bought a road bike.(It's great)
not in my opinion...Akirasho
Jun 15, 2003 5:36 PM
... a proper wrapping requires the tape to be pulled relatively taunt so's to lessen the chance of movement under pressure (the constant movement of your hands across said). As such, the figure eight round the shifters pretty much locks things up... thus you'd generally reserve the wrap for after your final position (note, many synthetic and cork tapes can be rewrapped... though they'll be a bit more fragile).

Be the bike.
You have a bit of wiggle roomKerry
Jun 15, 2003 5:48 PM
Depending on how tightly and close to the brake hoods you wrap the tape, you may have +/- a cm to move the brakes, and that should be enough in most cases. However, why not just get it where you want it and tape the bars? If you decide you need to change later, it's really easy to re-do the tape.
re: silly question about bar tapeSpoiler
Jun 16, 2003 5:34 AM
If you are still dialing in the most comfortable lever position you have the option of just rotating the entire handlebar assembly at the stem.

You could take two rides. On the first ride, concentrate on where the shifters feel most comfortable. Take a 5mm allen key along with you.

If the levers feel too high, unloosen the stem bolt, rotate the bars foreward to lower the shifters, ride a while further, and see if this new position is more comfortable.

On the second ride, concentrate on finding the most comfortable position for the bar when you are riding in the drops, using the same method as used to find the best shifter position. Keep in mind that once you have adjusted the bars for this, the shifters have rotated along with the drops so you must reposition the levers to the most comfortable setting again.

Now you're ready to tape.