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    First time wraping drop bar, w/ Fizik Bar Gel kit, advice?

    Hello,

    I'm installing a new flat (winged) handle bar on my bicycle to make it more comfy for longer ride. I've also purchased Fizik Bar Gel and Tape Kit (as many have recommended how comfy it is). I have seen the Park Tool instruction on how to wrap the tape: http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=71 But I'm still unclear on what to do right behind the brifter? If anyone have better pic or can explain a little more on what I'm supposed to do there that'd be great help. I would like to have it covered up just to be neat and all.

    Second question, the Fizik kit came like this:



    On the far right of the pic, there's a pair of thin fancy looking tape w/ word Fizik written on it. Any one can tell me what those are for? Instruction didn't mention anything about it.

    Thanks!


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    That black tape is to finish off the end, assuming you start from the bar end and wrap towards the stem. See you've already looked at Park. What part of the brifter instructions are you stuck on?

    Here's another set of instructions, maybe it will be clearer http://www.ehow.com/how_2767_replace...ebar-tape.html
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    I haven't used the Fizik tape but I have wrapped gell pads with Cinelli cork tape. The Park tool instructions are pretty good so follow them exactly. I wrap a couple of pieces of scotch tape around the gell pads to make sure they stay in place during the wrap. The Cinelli tape comes with two precut pieces of cork tape intended to go inside the bend of the handlebar to cover the band holding the brifter on. If Fizik doesn't include these pieces just cut them from the roll. As you wrap and come to the brifter, you don't have to do anything special, just continue winding the tape around the bar, although, obviously, you won't be able to overlap it as you go around the brifters like you can elsewhere. The small strips of thin Fizik tape are to finish off the wrap holding the bar tape in place. I find electrical tape worked better than the finish tape Cinelli provides. YMMV.

    I would suggest practicing with some cheap, non-adhesive, plastic tape before doing the final wrap to get the process down..
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    Quote Originally Posted by vpiuva
    Here's another set of instructions, maybe it will be clearer http://www.ehow.com/how_2767_replace...ebar-tape.html
    Good instructions. However, cutting 4" pieces for behind the brifters is overkill. Just hold the tape in place to measure and cut exactly the length you need. Tucking excess under the brifter hoods as recommended is ok but it you have, for example, a Flightdeck installed the excess can interfere with the control buttons mounted on the side of the brifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vpiuva
    That black tape is to finish off the end, assuming you start from the bar end and wrap towards the stem. See you've already looked at Park. What part of the brifter instructions are you stuck on?

    Here's another set of instructions, maybe it will be clearer http://www.ehow.com/how_2767_replace...ebar-tape.html
    Thanks for the link, will be looking at that too. Basically I'm unclear on how to tape over where the brake / shifter is attached to the bar. Park Tool site mentioned somethiing about a small piece of tape that can be put there, but I don't see it in the package. Anyway, I'll check out the site and see if it helps.

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    If there isn't a piece included, just cut 2.5" of tape off the end of a roll and use that. Some manufactureres precut it, some don't. As for taping a wing bar + gel, chances are you will run out of tape fast if you try to tape the whole thing, so I would plan on taping up to the flat and calling it quits there. If you do want to tape the whole thing, install the gel and then *try* to tape up to the top without removing the backing on the tape so you determine if your tape is long enough before its permanently affixed. About the only other advice I would offer is try to maintain a 1/4 to 1/3rds overlap and keep a pull on the tape to keep it nice and tight. If its not quite tight, it will stretch and start to sag.
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    Just wrapped my bars with Fizik Microtex as well.

    My kit included the extra pieces. I couldn't find them initially, so I cut some. After wrapping the bars though, I noticed the pieces laying on the floor. I think they're in the middle of the roll. Either way, it works fine.

    Follow the instructions above. Microtex isn't quite as easy to work with as say, Cinelli cork IMO, but the finished product is awesome. It feels really good on the road.

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    I tried putting a layer of RTV silicone caulk on my drop handlebars and wrapped black cotton tape over it. I put my hands on it and gently squeezed to make an impression of my hands.

    Of course, I had to let the RTV caulk dry for at least twenty four hours.

    The result was a comfy, cushioned hand grip custom molded to fit *my* hands.

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    All good advice! I found the Park Tool site to be very helpful; pay attention to the direction of the wrap, and also their recommendation that you pre-wrap with some electrician's tape (reversed) to help strengthen those bits of the wrap which are subject to wear (lower parts of the drops and corners especially). I never found those supplied bits of finishing tape to be all that good; in fact I usually get a far neater job using electrician's tape split and finished as per Park Tool recommendation. Good luck!

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    Thanks for the advices!



    My first wrap job went slowly but came out OK. No big issue. There were small tape pieces that came w/ the kit. They stuck the pieces in the middle of the roll of the tape. Tried my best to keep it tight. Hopefully it'll be enough. End result looks good and feel pretty comfy so far. I got it done late lastnight and it's raining today so I can't test ride and do final adjustments yet. I wasn't totally sure how to space the tape around the bends, so might not be a professional quality job, but it looks nice and coverage is ok.

    Seely, you were right, with the bulk of gel + the flat top bar, I just have enough wrap. Next time I'll probably space out the wrap even further and pull it even tighter.

    Thanks again!

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    The hardest part, I think, is tucking the bar end neatly around the plug.

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    I wrapped my bars last week for the first time last week. My only suggestion is to practice once without removing the tape on the back and see how it looks and how much to overlap, then do it for real. Mine turned out great.

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