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Old 10-07-15, 05:50 PM
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I get a gel grip for a baseball bat. cut it into sections that fit hand placement positions for the bar and hold those in place with Scotch transparent double-sided tape. (Yellow label.) On the tops, (or anywhere i want extra diameter), I might wrap over those with a thin unpadded style bar tape. Finally, I do the entire bar with a nice thick tape of choice; (the new polyurethane/gel grip from Bontrager is pretty nice, extra long too). I try to use the whole length of the rolls and overlap more than half of a turn if possible. This puts more material on the bar and each successive turn is tape supported on tape. Transitions from extra padded areas can be stepped/tapered down with winds of electrical tape prior to final wrapping.
Yes, this is a bit of a PITA. But, once you get the padding sorted out, you can re-tape whenever, just as you normally would. Just remember to use a non-adhesive backed tape for the top final wrap.
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