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Handlebar tape remove/replace -- 1977 Nishiki

Old 08-06-23, 01:17 PM
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Handlebar tape remove/replace -- 1977 Nishiki

I am refurbing my Nishiki road bike in various aspects, having gotten it back to usable state on the mechanics, and starting to do some less critical stuff now. I am in process of removing old handlebar tape (original on the bike) and have a couple of rolls of Newbaum's cloth tape for that "vintage" look, and as I'm removing old tape from one side, I've been wondering whether there is any "best" method for this. It seems to involve a fair amount of cutting with razor knife, application of Goo-Gone (before removing tape). scraping, wiping down with more Goo-Gone, just generally obnoxious work. I'm interested in any labor-saving suggestions, suggestions for re-install, as well as any opinion on the Newbaum's cloth tape. I have a couple of 10-ft rolls, which I suspect is the package size deemed "enough" for both sides of a typical dropped handlebar. Thanks for any input --
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Neubaum's is very nice, IMO. You don't need to remove any more of the old glue than your personal standards require. You can't see it under the new tape. More importantly, with a vintage bike you must decide whether to wrap from top or bottom.
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It appears to me that the wrap starts at the top, where there is a small shoulder on the handlebar, and goes down to the open end of the bar, where the end of the tape gets secured on the tube ID with a plug on each end of the handlebar. So, I'm fine with duplicating that setup. Seems as though it worked OK for the few years I rode frequently, and the decades when I didn't.
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