I have a 70's Schwinn Le Tour with that strange foam handlebar wrap. I have been thinking about re-taping it with cork however, but how do I get the blasted foam off?
Yes, cut it off. I bought an '85 Schwinn Traveler for my wife that had that black foam on the bars. I just took a utility knife and cut it off, than re-wrapped the bars in cork tape. The bar under the foam was like new - very shiny, not like the exposed section, so there was no problem putting the cork tape on. It was the first tape job I ever did and it turned out pretty well. Figuring how to end the tape with those cap inserts took a little time to figure out.
I normally start the tape at the cap end first and finish off at the stem end, using the supplied adhesive tape. Just my way of doing it.
Originally Posted by markm109
Hey that makes sense - so you don't have to worry about having enough to finish.
I guess I should have read the directions.