I know this isn't clyde-specific (though I do have thick fingers...), but I've noticed some heavy wear on mine 3,500 miles in and so i ordered some along with new bib shorts and some bar-end mirrors.
It looks like my bike had them wrapped bottom-up (from the tips to the stem). How hard is it? Is it like a tennis racquet (I can do that...)? Can I take a dry run before officially taping it?
BTW, is 3,500 miles on a set of tape before it begins to get ratty good? I'm trying to make sure I'm not putting too much pressure on my hands.
Mods -- feel free to move, but I've always found the clydes a friendly bunch...