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Old 05-20-13, 09:16 PM   #1
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electrical tape alternative

whats an alternative to electrical tape for wrapping ur cables underneath ur handlebar tape so it doesnt leave residues
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Old 05-20-13, 09:21 PM   #2
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Gaffer's tape.
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Old 05-20-13, 09:24 PM   #3
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Self-fusing silicone tape is also an option: http://www.amazon.com/RESCUE-Self-Fu.../dp/B000ZTK6CI

I use this for wrapping the ends of bar tape.
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Self-fusing silicone tape is also an option: http://www.amazon.com/RESCUE-Self-Fu.../dp/B000ZTK6CI

I use this for wrapping the ends of bar tape.
Ooh, good one. I'm gonna try that tip next time.
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Ooh, good one. I'm gonna try that tip next time.
It takes a bit of skill to get a good-looking bar wrap. The tape is activated by stretching it. So it stretches to about 1.5 x it's original length, and narrows to about 2/3 of it's original width. But once it fuses, it is *never* going to come undone. You must cut it to get it off.
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Self-fusing tape... in colors!!! http://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Tape-RP..._sim_indust_17
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Strips of kitchen/Saran wrap work well.
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I use athletic tape... the white cloth stuff you wrap around the top of hockey sticks. It doesn't stretch so it holds the cables down nice and tight. And it's wicked cheap.
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Strips of kitchen/Saran wrap work well.
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I use athletic tape... the white cloth stuff you wrap around the top of hockey sticks. It doesn't stretch so it holds the cables down nice and tight. And it's wicked cheap.
thnk u both. im broke so these might do!
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A rag with some WD-40 sprayed on removes electrical tape residue in seconds. Just an idea if the residue is the only problem.
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A rag with some WD-40 sprayed on removes electrical tape residue in seconds. Just an idea if the residue is the only problem.
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Or buy good electrical tape. I use the 3m brand and never have a problem in any application.
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Electrical tape is still the answer, but you need to get the good stuff. 3M and Scotch rule all other brands. I work with an electrician who has explained the difference, aside form the cheap stuff getting brittle and not sticking well.
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A rag with some WD-40 sprayed on removes electrical tape residue in seconds. Just an idea if the residue is the only problem.
And what's the problem with residue on the bars anyway? It all gets covered with the handlebar tape.
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Buy better electrical tape. I have found that 3M tape does not leave residue like some of the cheaper stuff I've bought.
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A rag with some WD-40 sprayed on removes electrical tape residue in seconds. Just an idea if the residue is the only problem.
There is a product named "Goof Off" that I find in the hardware store which works like a charm for removing sticky residues.
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Strips of kitchen/Saran wrap work well.
That is a good one. It will hold under the bar tape, but it has no adhesive to get gunky. I like that idea and will try it on my upcoming build.
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Underneath I use the blue painter's tape. It is a cleaner masking tape. Yes, it has no stretch, but works fine to hold the cables while putting things together and the bar tape is being applied.
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I use strapping tape to secure the cables under the wrap because it doesn't stretch.

I think the wrap stays tighter around the curves of the tops that way because the cables are tight to the bars.
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There is a product named "Goof Off" that I find in the hardware store which works like a charm for removing sticky residues.
Mineral spirits or some gasoline/petroleum/kerosene would probably work just as well for this, I just mentioned WD-40 as it is most likely to be found in a home workshop.
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