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Old 04-16-07, 09:59 PM   #1
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I want to see some Harlequin Wrap

http://www.wastedlife.org/bike/harlequin/index.html

Anyone attempted this type masterpiece? Can it be done with gel wrap?
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Old 04-16-07, 10:02 PM   #2
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never seen it personally, but the instructions of fgg make it seem pretty easy. those are real good instructions too.

might try it on my iro.
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Old 04-16-07, 10:02 PM   #3
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wow thats nice! it would seem to me gel wrap may be to thick
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Old 04-16-07, 10:16 PM   #4
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I started with the right (near side) side and it ended up looking better than the left side. the left side wanted to roll a bit around the bar, so I let it, because I'd already spent enough time on it. I put a few coats of shellac on, but I'm thinking of putting on another layer. It feels a little thin.

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props noriel. I tried to do this recent;y and gave up after about 5 tries. Went candy stripe instead.
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Old 04-17-07, 12:27 AM   #6
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it works great once you get the weaving down the rest is cake cotton really works best velox to be exact the cateye is a little flimsy for my taste good luck I used the dyi from fgg
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Old 04-17-07, 01:28 AM   #7
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yeah, done it a couple times with velox cloth tape. I'm curious to try it with gel or cork, but I'm afraid i'll just end up ruining some perfectly good handlebar tape.
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I'd be tempted to use this when the black and white zebra stuff on my chrome SS wears out. I can't see where cork would fold sufficiently, so I'd probably do a wrap of black cork first, and then the harlequin black and white cotton on top. Cushty!
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Old 04-17-07, 07:36 AM   #9
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^ i did exactly what sammyboy is thinking. i just wrapped my bars in plain ol' cushy black tape first, then wrapped the harlequin pattern over that in cloth. looked sweet, still had cushion... i'll try and get a picture up tonight after work.

oh and i did it with those instructions, if you are curious.
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Old 04-17-07, 11:29 AM   #10
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I kinda stumbled on that when wrapping my bars in two different tapes. As I wrapped around the brake hood I reversed one and left the other the original direction. Looked really cool, but didn't stay even, and I was just messing around.... still had to pull it off to do other work. I was just practicing. Maybe I'll give it a try again. I have plenty of cork to play with... ebay specials
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Old 04-17-07, 12:27 PM   #11
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Awesome. I'd thought I might try a red/black wrap whenever i redo my bars. Then again, if I end up painting my frame flat black, i might keep black bars just to be sleek.
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Old 04-18-07, 01:08 AM   #12
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I have a neighbor who has a yellow/maroonish one. looks nice.
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My 1st attempt. Kinda sucky but i had fun
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cloth tape = woosome.

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I'm curious to try it with gel or cork, but I'm afraid i'll just end up ruining some perfectly good handlebar tape.
Yeah, I tried it, and ruined two pieces of cork tape. It's just not resilient enough.
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I also tried with cork gel tape, it won't work. It's hard to get enough tension on the tape before it tears and you need plenty of tension to keep the shape.

My go with cloth tape:
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I also tried with cork gel tape, it won't work. It's hard to get enough tension on the tape before it tears and you need plenty of tension to keep the shape.

My go with cloth tape:
This is pretty much the sex.
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Old 05-09-07, 09:42 PM   #19
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oh, momma. put that in the arts in progress thread, both of you.
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I must concur. That, sir, is a thing of beauty.
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Wow, I'm not a cloth tape fan, but I must say: it makes the harlequin. Daaaayum.

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Old 05-09-07, 10:49 PM   #22
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hot. full bike pics now!
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saw that one on velospace.. i meant pics of the motta!
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saw that one on velospace.. i meant pics of the motta!
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