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    Track bars + cloth tape + shellac

    Because I like to have an idea of how things look before I do them...

    Are there any pictures of track bars (pref. 123's), fully wrapped in cloth tape (none of that half-wrap crap), shellacked, without brake levers?

    Has/does anyone use this setup? Thoughts? Comments?

    Thanks.

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    Good luck

    Will you accept 3 out of 4? I have fully diamond wrapped, shellacked with a cross lever... If you want I will take some shots and post them later, either today or tomorrow.
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    this thread has al5 written all over it.

    try contacting him. he's the king of shellac.

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    sounds pretty and uncomfortable. and those bars and that stem would be joined until you were willing to trash half of your hard work. still, it looks pretty cool in my mind.

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    123s with yellow bar tape / amber shellac / cx lever

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    that's cork.

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    You're right. I was going off what was in the notes

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    shellaced cloth tape secured with electrical tape? why?

    if you're going super traditional, tie it with twine.

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    If I'm feeling rich when I part up my next bike, I'm going to half-wrap with some of this (in black):

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    how does the leather stay in place? is there some sort of adhesive? it seems like it would slide around after a while.

    i think i'm going to shellac my cork tape next time, just to make it last longer and hell...why the **** not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbertfixy
    how does the leather stay in place? is there some sort of adhesive? it seems like it would slide around after a while.
    For $60 bucks, I bet Brooks has figured it out.

    What I'd really love is what this Cinelli has - leather sew-up bar tape. I've seen that bike in person. It is amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregg


    123s with yellow bar tape / amber shellac / cx lever
    that **** is way hot...pirate skull and cog headbadge...eggbeaters...ultegra brake caliper...shellackled...hot i say
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    I just wrapped my Soma Major Taylors in black cloth, but I didn't shellac them. I can post a picture if you wanna see.

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    cmcenroe, mattface -

    Pictures would be great. I too would be running a 'cross lever on my bars, but am interested in seeing what the shoulders look like without brake levers (seems like the same people who shellac cloth tape also like running non-aero brake levers on their track bars..)

    How's the grip once the tape is shellacked? Does it become more slippery or more grippy?

    I realize that once the tape and shellac go down, I won't be swapping bars for a long time after that... which is partly the motivation. I'm pretty happy with my position right now, and shellacking the bars will keep me from obsessively tinkering with a setup that doesn't need messed with. That, and I think it'll look pretty good.

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    Here's two out of three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckycat
    Here's two out of three.
    That stem is BADASS

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattface
    That stem is BADASS
    Stem? How 'bout the whole freakin' bike?
    Moyer Cycles: done and done.

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    What museum did you steal that bike from?

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    Thanks for the kind words guys, that's my baby.

    And keevohn, I like the shellac/cloth tape combo. I've always liked cloth tape, and this makes it last a lot longer. It's not terribly uncomfortable either, though nowhere near as soft as cork.

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