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Rivendell bar wrap questions(10 posts)

Rivendell bar wrap questionsmfuchs1
Jul 1, 2003 9:38 AM
After seeing some of the pictures of the bikes with the woven bar tape I have decided that I am going to attempt it but have just a couple of questions. What tape is the best to work with? I like Profile wrap but does it need to be adhesive backed? Is it better to use something not as thick as cork? Any suggestions about what to use will be greatly appreciated. With patience, I think that I can manage the wrapping part but don't want to make it harder by using something that is not easy to work with.


There was a Rivendell bar wrap thread... cant find itfunknuggets
Jul 1, 2003 10:29 AM
I tried to search, but could not pull it. There was a very detailed thread that I am interested in it as well. Anyone know how to find it?

Link to Scot_Gore's detailed explanation...biknben
Jul 1, 2003 10:35 AM
MB1 "The Rivendell Bar Wrap" 1/26/03 5:30pm

It came up in a search for "weave wrap"
I used Deda bar wrap...biknben
Jul 1, 2003 10:32 AM
I attempted it once two years ago and gave up. This spring, I decided to use a little more patience. I did it on my C'dale that MB1 showed yesterday. I also did a red black combo on my commuter.

Both wraps were with Deda tape with an adhesive strip on the back. The wrap is pretty thick but when pulled tight it was all right. I suspect a thinner tape would make it easier but I like Deda. You can pull it crazy tight and it hasn't torn/ripped on me yet.

Do a search for weave wrap and you'll find a couple previous discussions. In addition to tips provided then, I can now add the following:
- Leave +/- 5 inches of tape loose when you start at the bar ends. You'll have plenty left over at the end anyway.
- Start about and inch or two from the bar end. Lay the two wraps across each other like an "X" on the bar. It's difficult to get it tight at the begining. So just go with it and after a couple times around the bars it starts getting tighter.
-After you are done go back to the begining to tighten it up. Then cut off excess and jam it in the bar with a good end cap. A screw-type expandable cap would be best.
-Getting around the brake lever is a pain. Be consistant on both sides or it won't be symetrical when you are done.

Few questions...(not on the bar tape)jtferraro
Jul 1, 2003 11:07 AM
R3000, right? How do you like it? Sweet ride! I know you used to have (or maybe still have) another C'dale (black CAAD5?). Is that an Easton bar? 130mm stem? I realize there is a little "thingy" on your right/rear brake/shifter lever. Stupid question, but what does that do? Does it tell you what gear you're in? I have DA but I'm 99.9% sure I don't have that.


Few answers...(not on the bar tape)biknben
Jul 1, 2003 12:06 PM
I just replaced a cadd5 with a cadd7. For the life of me, I can't tell a difference. Both ride very nicely, IMO. Stiff and efficient, yet comfortable enough to ride for a while. I won't say all day comfort but long enough for me.

It's an Easton bar with a 120mm stem.

The thingy is a gear indicator. It's hard to explain. It's a clear piece of housing with dashes on it. Inside is an orange donut on the rear der. cable. As you shift gears it moves from side to side to show what gear you are in. It's been included with STI shifters for a couple years now.
Jul 2, 2003 6:22 AM
The CAAD7 is definitely lighter than the CAAD5, right? I tested out a shop worker's R5000 TEAM and loved it. Granted, it was only in a parking lot...but it sure felt smooth.

Hmm...that pisses me off that my LBS didn't put one of those gear indicator's on my bike (use a cable that has it built in). I'm going to inquire about it. If I had a Flight Deck I probably wouldn't mind, considering it also tells you what gear you're in...but I don't have a FD. Anyway, is it available w/DA only?

Jul 2, 2003 7:57 AM
Yes the 7 is 4 ounces lighter than the 5. I'm a weight geek so I had to check. If the Team bike you rode had the SI cranks you could subtract a little more weight.

The use of the gear indicator is often debated. Some find it useless. They just look back to see or have than Zen-like knowledge of what gear they are in at all times. If your wrench was one of those Zen types, he may not put it on any bikes he builds.

The indicator is not built into the housing. It is separate. So, looking at my pic again, there is a small piece of housing coming out of the shifter. The indicator is in the middle. Then another piece of housing to continue down to the head tube area.
Jul 2, 2003 2:21 AM
I did see all of the threads about it and think that I can do it I just wanted to get an idea about which tape to use. I have been studying Scot Gore's thread and it doesn't seem to hard just time comsuming. I also found your thread (biknben) where you said that you attempted it and gave up to maybe try again later. I guess it worked this time because it looks great. I'm going with the red and black (Go Dawgs!)

re: Rivendell bar wrap questionstechie470
Jul 1, 2003 5:43 PM
I also saw the post by Scot_Gore and had to give it a try. After spending all afternoon trying to pound into my head what he was explaining and studing his photo's I got the idea. Just take your time, its not realy that hard.

I found another message with some hints.
Scot_Gore "Rivendell Weave Hints" 2/27/03 8:32am