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Old 03-09-17, 11:18 AM
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Handlebar tape, French-style.

I have seen how Alex Singer's bikes doesn't have the customary black tape to hold the handlebar tape. Does anybody knows how can this be done? I always thought the black electrician's tape was required to avoid slippage.
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Adhesive on the inside of the bar tape. One of the thin 3M VHB formulations will work.
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Here's how it's done.The Velo ORANGE Blog: Wrapping Handlebars Alex Singer Style, Re-Post

I'm about to try it for the first time, too. KB
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It is poor, from a longevity standpoint, with anything other than cloth tape (which as a previous poster alluded to how it works, is covered in adhesive) that is then shellac'ed.

Obviously, people do it in other ways, but...check back up with them in a few weeks/months of use, and see what it looks like.

If you are "using" the bike as a show bike, go for it, otherwise, use electrical tape or twine/waxed thread to finish the wrapping.
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Starting the wrap at the stem and wrapping all the way to the end, where the tape is secured by the plug.
That is how I used to do it in the old days (60's), but the method has lost favor in the modern era.......
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Tape edges get peeled up, as you shift your hands from the tops to the brake levers, is why people start at the bottom end..


(?) It's leather, you can apply rubber cement to the back, if the company did not apply it themselves, in their source factory.

On the right they glued down a band of the same tape, looks nice, right? on the right they used electrician's tape to secure the end.

Have You wrapped your handlebars before? yes bar tape is a consumable, replacement is to be expected.







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Old 03-09-17, 12:40 PM
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Best way to wrap is from the brake lever to the end AND from brake lever to the stem. You still need additional finishing tape in the "stem end" but the tape doesn't fold up on the edges, like it does if you wrap from stem and all the way down. Next best way is from bar end and up.
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Originally Posted by Racing Dan
Best way to wrap is from the brake lever to the end AND from brake lever to the stem. You still need additional finishing tape in the "stem end" but the tape doesn't fold up on the edges, like it does if you wrap from stem and all the way down. Next best way is from bar end and up.

If you go the bar end up route I would suggest the use of self-fusing silicone tape to hold the ends down, over the conventional vinyl electrical tape. It sticks to itself so has no adhesive to bleed out and is available in many colors including clear to match or contrast your color scheme.
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Originally Posted by Ronno6
Starting the wrap at the stem and wrapping all the way to the end, where the tape is secured by the plug.
That is how I used to do it in the old days (60's), but the method has lost favor in the modern era.......
I never liked wrapping bottom up. I learned to do it with non-adhesive cloth tape from the top down also. As long as you wrapped CW on the right side and CCW on the left, loosening was not an issue.
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Originally Posted by Ronno6
Starting the wrap at the stem and wrapping all the way to the end, where the tape is secured by the plug.
That is how I used to do it in the old days (60's), but the method has lost favor in the modern era.......
Yes. But now we have a new breed of cyclist that have delicate hands and need the extra thick tape, so they had to start their wrapping from the bottom up so the edges wouldn't peel up on them, and then told the world this was always the correct way to wrap bars.
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Originally Posted by kcblair
That blog post is titled "Wrapping Handlebars Alex Singer Style", which means that it is about the essense of Alex Singer wrapping method: how to make the two wrapping stages to meet and join at the shifters. And then that post suddenly ends withoout even trying to explain how to make the two wrapping stages to meet and join at the shifters.

WTH is that? A fail? A joke? Or did the author just have an aneurysm and never finished the post?
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Originally Posted by dsbrantjr
If you go the bar end up route I would suggest the use of self-fusing silicone tape to hold the ends down, over the conventional vinyl electrical tape. It sticks to itself so has no adhesive to bleed out and is available in many colors including clear to match or contrast your color scheme.
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Originally Posted by trailangel
Yes. But now we have a new breed of cyclist that have delicate hands and need the extra thick tape, so they had to start their wrapping from the bottom up so the edges wouldn't peel up on them, and then told the world this was always the correct way to wrap bars.
We also have delicate legs and ride 40 cassettes ;-)
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Originally Posted by dsbrantjr
If you go the bar end up route I would suggest the use of self-fusing silicone tape to hold the ends down, over the conventional vinyl electrical tape. It sticks to itself so has no adhesive to bleed out and is available in many colors including clear to match or contrast your color scheme.
YEA he does , Repeatedly every time the topic returns.


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Originally Posted by AndreyT
That blog post is titled "Wrapping Handlebars Alex Singer Style", which means that it is about the essense of Alex Singer wrapping method: how to make the two wrapping stages to meet and join at the shifters. And then that post suddenly ends withoout even trying to explain how to make the two wrapping stages to meet and join at the shifters.

WTH is that? A fail? A joke? Or did the author just have an aneurysm and never finished the post?
No, not a joke. Here's the first post in the blog on the subject. https://velo-orange.blogspot.com/2006...ger-style.html If you read through the comments, yes , that part, how to secure the tape under the grips is omitted. The blogger explains why. Basically, leaves you to figure it out.

So. I'm trying it out this weekend, can't be that hard. I plan to use black electrical tape to secure ends, then fold the grips back down. KB

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Originally Posted by kcblair
No, not a joke. Here's the first post in the blog on the subject. The Velo ORANGE Blog: Wrapping Handlebars Alex Singer Style If you read through the comments, yes , that part, how to secure the tape under the grips is omitted. The blogger explains why. Basically, leaves you to figure it out.

So. I'm trying it out this weekend, can't be that hard. I plan to use black electrical tape to secure ends, then fold the grips back down. KB
If you scroll up a few posts...

I suppose I can elaborate--you have to adhere the tape to the bar at the lever clamp. How you do it, is up to you, but a suggestion: mastic or rubber cement--a dab on the bar, and swiped on the tape. Press them down securely, and wrap the joint with anything handy (an old inner tube, cut up, is perfect). Allow it to dry thoroughly (2-12 hours, depending on what you use), then shellac the tape with 2-3 light coats, which will [lightly] bind the tape to itself, without impacting how it feels. It will not impede your ability to remove the tape, either. If you have neither rubber cement, nor mastic, you can make a passable multi-purpose adhesive from the shellac. place a small, fireproof jar (with lid) on the stove, and fill with about twice as much shellac as you want to make. Light it [ed. the shellac] up, and allow it to burn down, swirling occasionally, and extinguish it when it reaches approximately 1/2 the original volume. It will take several days to dry after application, so you might decide that buying something new is worth it.

Of course, if you try to do it with cork or leather, you can't really use the shellac as intended, and, well...good luck.

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Originally Posted by wschruba
If you scroll up a few posts...

I suppose I can elaborate--you have to adhere the tape to the bar at the lever clamp. How you do it, is up to you, but a suggestion: mastic or rubber cement--a dab on the bar, and swiped on the tape. Press them down securely, and wrap the joint with anything handy (an old inner tube, cut up, is perfect). Allow it to dry thoroughly (2-12 hours, depending on what you use), then shellac the tape with 2-3 light coats, which will [lightly] bind the tape to itself, without impacting how it feels. It will not impede your ability to remove the tape, either. If you have neither rubber cement, nor mastic, you can make a passable multi-purpose adhesive from the shellac. place a small, fireproof jar (with lid) on the stove, and fill with about twice as much shellac as you want to make. Light it [ed. the shellac] up, and allow it to burn down, swirling occasionally, and extinguish it when it reaches approximately 1/2 the original volume. It will take several days to dry after application, so you might decide that buying something new is worth it.

Of course, if you try to do it with cork or leather, you can't really use the shellac as intended, and, well...good luck.
Thanks for the tip. I've got some mastic around some where. KB
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Originally Posted by trailangel
Yes. But now we have a new breed of cyclist that have delicate hands and need the extra thick tape.....
Either you are too young to have seen them or don't remember but there used to be lots of discussions about "handlebar palsy" in bike magazines and books. It was basically a form of carpal tunnel syndrome caused by vibration through the handlebars exacerbated by riders not moving hands around while riding. I expect the extra thick tape that you sneer at has helped reduce the problem since the topic is quite rare these days.
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I expect the extra thick tape that you sneer at has helped reduce the problem since the topic is quite rare these days.
Or most riders spend 99% of their ride on the hoods these days and rarely touch the bars
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^^ That would be called "Brifter Palsy"... no?
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