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    How do I wrap my trekking bars?

    I ordered some trekking bars and cloth tape for my Raleigh Passage 4.5 hybrid. Right now the bike has 8 speed trigger shifters and I want to just move those over to the new bars. How do I make the grips cushiony, at least underneath the shifters? I bought two rolls of tape, so I'll just wrap the bars as far as I can until the tape runs out. Do I use separate grips in addition to the tape? Any suggestions?
    I use this bike mainly for 30-50 mile rides on crushed rock bike paths.
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    When I put trekking bars on my converted mountain bike, I just moved the grips over from the mountain bike, and then taped the rest of the bar.

    So, the order is:
    - grips on the end
    - then the shifters
    - then tape the rest of the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
    When I put trekking bars on my converted mountain bike, I just moved the grips over from the mountain bike, and then taped the rest of the bar.

    So, the order is:
    - grips on the end
    - then the shifters
    - then tape the rest of the way
    OK, that's what I was thinking. I don't think I can reuse my grips. They're some ergonomic knock-offs and I think they'd look funny on the trekking bars. I plan on going to Wally world to see if they have some squishy black grips.
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    check out the esi chunky grips. i have 2 sets on my h-bars and they are awesome.

    http://www.esigrips.com/Silicone_Gri..._Absorbing.htm

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    I have mine wrapped all the way from the brake levers around with bar tape. I've seen people add grips. I've even seen the ergonomic type grips used on trekking bars. They cut off the outside end and put them on that way. They also sell this foam padding/grip material for trekking bars but I think it's hard to find. eBay has it sometimes.

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    Here's how I set up my trekking bars.

    I use Ergon grips on the ends. I wrap the tape from the grips around to my shifters (Dura Ace bar ends mounted on Paul's Thumbies pods) and brake levers.

    I've also added a cheap Forte aerobar without the armrests for a comfortable rest position when I find myself grinding into the wind. I use the Ergon grips for the armrests and it works great.

    I can't run a traditional handlebar bag with the shifters, brake cables, and aerobar where they are, so I use a Jandd mountain bike stem bag that mounts securely to the top of my trekking bars and my stem.


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    By the way, cloth handlebar tape is about the least cushy tape option among all of the tape possibilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xyzzy834 View Post
    Here's how I set up my trekking bars.

    I use Ergon grips on the ends. I wrap the tape from the grips around to my shifters (Dura Ace bar ends mounted on Paul's Thumbies pods) and brake levers.

    I've also added a cheap Forte aerobar without the armrests for a comfortable rest position when I find myself grinding into the wind. I use the Ergon grips for the armrests and it works great.

    I can't run a traditional handlebar bag with the shifters, brake cables, and aerobar where they are, so I use a Jandd mountain bike stem bag that mounts securely to the top of my trekking bars and my stem.

    How did you get your brake levers in that position? Does the mounting bracket come apart? The Shimanos I have are one piece and I can't get them around the bend in the bars.
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    Screwdriver to spread them works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    How did you get your brake levers in that position? Does the mounting bracket come apart? The Shimanos I have are one piece and I can't get them around the bend in the bars.
    I carefully pried the bracket open by about 1/8" with a large screwdriver. Then I was able to slide them around the bends in the bars. The screw pulled the bracket back closed when I tightened it down.

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    Nice cockpit you have there!

    Quote Originally Posted by xyzzy834 View Post
    Here's how I set up my trekking bars.

    I use Ergon grips on the ends. I wrap the tape from the grips around to my shifters (Dura Ace bar ends mounted on Paul's Thumbies pods) and brake levers.

    I've also added a cheap Forte aerobar without the armrests for a comfortable rest position when I find myself grinding into the wind. I use the Ergon grips for the armrests and it works great.

    I can't run a traditional handlebar bag with the shifters, brake cables, and aerobar where they are, so I use a Jandd mountain bike stem bag that mounts securely to the top of my trekking bars and my stem.

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    Let me add how much I like the Ergon grips on the ends of my trekking bars. With my hands positioned on them the normal way, the heel of my hands are on the wide part of the grip. That's very comfortable.

    I can slide my hands to the outside about 1/2 of a hand width and position the ball of my thumbs on the wide part of the Ergons. In this position, the heels of my hands are on the red bar tape, but most of the pressure is on my palms and the balls of my thumbs. Also very comfortable.

    That's two hand positions withing 3" of each other using different parts of the same grips. There are other hand positions around the outside of the trekking bars themselves to give me some additional variety.

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    Good ideas here. I may use my ergo grips after all. I'm open to suggestions.
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    Nasbar has gel pads for underneath the tape. I bought enough so that
    I have 3 pads on each side. I used scotch tape to hold in place temp.
    so I could get the feel for wrapping the bars. When I was sure on where to place
    the pads, I then removed the adhesive backing for permanent mounting.

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    Here's my trekking bar setup. I used cork grips and cork tape, shimano barend shifters on Paul's Thumbies. I find I ride most of the time on the grips, but will slide my hands over to only half on the grips/half on the tape sometimes. Uphill I tend to position my hands on the outside curves. I find the cork tape has a nice cushion.


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    Here's mine. Just tape all the way around, cork/foam mix.


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