Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Wrapping Fizik 3mm Bar Tape

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Wrapping Fizik 3mm Bar Tape

Old 09-16-13, 12:58 PM
  #1  
DougG
Road Runner
Thread Starter
 
DougG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Posts: 1,203

Bikes: 2017 Felt VR5, 2012 Specialized Crosstrail

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wrapping Fizik 3mm Bar Tape

I've done a couple of handlebar wraps with varying degrees of success. The Fizik 3mm Performance tape that I just got looks like it will do the job and actually has a "guide" for overlapping, but I'm not sure exactly how to do it. As you can see in the photo, there is a smooth section with the logo that should clearly be overlapped, but what about the slight ridge toward the middle? Should I overlap the entire smooth portion of the tape, or should that portion between the stitches be exposed?

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
2013-09-16 14.47.17.jpg (35.3 KB, 116 views)
DougG is offline  
Old 09-16-13, 02:34 PM
  #2  
Greenfieldja
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Belgium
Posts: 1,032
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think the overlapping edge of the tape should cover the smooth area as you suggest...I would overlap the edge to line up with what you refer to as stitches along the left edge of the smooth area which will leaver just the textured area exposed. The amount of area represented by the smooth area + the logo area seems about right for the amount of overlap...the problem though is that the amount of overlap is not consistant around the bends of a drop bar....I hope they gave you enough length to make more frequent wraps around the bends or else you may have some of the smooth/logo area exposed.

Wrapping bars is more of an art than it is a science. Play around with the overlap on the different section of your bars until you get it right for you...be careful when stretching it to not rip it.

-j
Greenfieldja is offline  
Old 09-17-13, 05:54 AM
  #3  
DougG
Road Runner
Thread Starter
 
DougG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Posts: 1,203

Bikes: 2017 Felt VR5, 2012 Specialized Crosstrail

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the response -- I agree with this approach. On the length issue, this is one of my pet peeves about bar tape: the material is pretty low cost, so would it kill them to throw in an extra foot or so of length instead of providing what they consider is the "minimum" to get the job done?
DougG is offline  
Old 09-17-13, 10:15 AM
  #4  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,464

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 183 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6721 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 139 Times in 117 Posts
that extra foot adds up in a thousand units sold ,

you are not aware of the way the maximum profits are gained in the market place ,

no money in free..
fietsbob is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.