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Old 06-16-15, 04:29 AM
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Shellac and padded bar tape

For all the experts, can you wrap cotton tape on top of. Some kind of padding and then shellac? Usually I just use cork tape. This time I want to try something different. Better to ask before I wrap.
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I would think so. But, how thick of padding? If you go multiple coats of shellac, like to where it is hard and glossy, the shellac will crack if it flexes too much.
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I have done it two ways. Newbaums cloth in two layers, with the top layer getting 3 coats of shellac. It has a some give but is not too bulky. I have also used an old inner tube as bar padding and then wrapped. I cut the valve out an then split the tube so it is a single layer. Both work fine.
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An exciter lamp, a camel hair brush, and Zinnser Orange shellac.
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Personally I don't get the entire shellac reasoning. Replacing tape per need is cheap and easy. Though I like trying different things, for the bike depicted I have cork underneath and then outer-wrapped with a nylon based fabric acquired from JoAnne Fabrics. Kind of like it for sweaty or rain days and its padded quite well.


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Old 06-19-15, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
I would think so. But, how thick of padding? If you go multiple coats of shellac, like to where it is hard and glossy, the shellac will crack if it flexes too much.
My thoughts exactly. Which is why I asked. I was thinking maybe a layer of inner tube under the cotton.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Personally I don't get the entire shellac reasoning. Replacing tape per need is cheap and easy. Though I like trying different things, for the bike depicted I have cork underneath and then outer-wrapped with a nylon based fabric acquired from JoAnne Fabrics. Kind of like it for sweaty or rain days and its padded quite well.


That is a great cockpit.
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Originally Posted by cs1 View Post
That is a great cockpit.
+1.

Makes me want to research watch mounts. Maybe get a watch to fit.
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I don't have sit bones. And my bike doesn't have a cockpit. I am starting to worry. I do have a ball of twine. And I'm super into leather. My corks are artificial. And yes I still wear white socks even though my bike has chrome socks.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Personally I don't get the entire shellac reasoning. Replacing tape per need is cheap and easy. Though I like trying different things, for the bike depicted I have cork underneath and then outer-wrapped with a nylon based fabric acquired from JoAnne Fabrics. Kind of like it for sweaty or rain days and its padded quite well.


Yes, very nice. How did you do the watch mount and where did you get everything?
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Thanks, its just something different. The Westclox 'Scotty' are pretty tough. Good condition ones cost less than $15. Shock resistant and this ones been wet a few times, a full wind keeps it ticking with accurate time for 12 hours. The clip is from older type automotive rally car / dash clip board stopwatch mount. Fairly common on fleabay. Made a band clamp and modified for the bike bar.

Bottle and cage is vintage Coloral from Birmingham, England. At one time had a few others, caps and cages. Foolishly gave them away well under market and now wish to have for some other bikes. Oh well. This particular one was the best of the lot.
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley View Post
+1.

Makes me want to research watch mounts. Maybe get a watch to fit.
@J.Oxley I've seen the holders on eBay. Try searching for randonneur.
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
I don't have sit bones. And my bike doesn't have a cockpit. I am starting to worry. I do have a ball of twine. And I'm super into leather. My corks are artificial. And yes I still wear white socks even though my bike has chrome socks.
Sure ya do. At least, I hope you do! I know I do…but I can't pronounce it.

"The tuberosity of the ischium (or ischial tuberosity, tuber ischiadicum in Latin, also known as the sitz bone, or as a pair the sitting bones)[1] is a large swelling posteriorly on the superior ramus of the ischium. It marks the lateral boundary of the pelvic outlet.

I'm with on cockpits though. Cockpits are what's in an F-15, or, if used loosely, a Formula One car.
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I shellaced brown Brooks leather wrap and in came out great. It's been a few years, still looks fresh...like new. However, it's not the softest surface but what it lacks in swish it makes up in a no slip and dry feel. great without gloves. I would not hesitate to do it again. If I remember correctly I wrapped the bars in an old tube first.
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