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Old 08-02-06, 07:50 PM   #1
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Any tips on installing bar tape?

Crashed this past Sunday and have to retape my bars. Any pointers on how to do this w/o tearing the tape?
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Old 08-02-06, 08:27 PM   #2
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Park Tools has good instructions. As to not tearing, that is just trial and error or experience, but in my experience, you gotta be pulling on the stuff pretty hard to tear it.

http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=71
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I'd err on the side of making the tape slightly too tight rather than slightly too loose. If you tear a piece, you can patch it with electrical tape, but if you leave the whole thing loose, the bar feels sloppy to your hands and unravels too quickly.
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Secure the front end of the bike by bungee cording the front wheel. Better if you also mount the bike on a repair stand. This makes bar tape installation much easier to perform.
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All I know is that you go from the end to the center. This coming from a person who doesn't ride road....

Sorry... just trying to help...
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Watch the outside of the bends to be sure that you don't leave gaps.
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Always wrap the tape in the direction your fingers curls when you are holding the bars by the drops. You will be taping in opposite directions for the left and right side.

Pull the hoods slightly away from the bars and put two or three strips of tape on the bars right where the hoods are.
Start taping from the bottom, overlapping about 1/2 and pulling the tape fairly snugly. Go all the way to the top with one continuous legnth of tape, do not cut.
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Make sure that you stretch cork tape and wrap it firmly around. It has a tendency to slip and make gaps.
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And it's a lot easier if you don't wear those stupid rubber gloves like in the parktool link.
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And it's a lot easier if you don't wear those stupid rubber gloves like in the parktool link.
Wouldn't want to catch an STD from the bike... you never know where that handlebar's been
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Thanks for all the replies, read the Park Tool thing, guess it's just a learned feel.

I have cork tape and an worried that it isn't very strong. Will post back after my attempt.

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