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Old 10-15-05, 08:02 PM
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I taped my own drop bars today......

And man I sure did a $hitty job! But hey, it was my first time. The white tape makes my bars look like thier made from human bones. And you know thats the beauty of owning a vintage road bike. I'd be too afraid of spoiling my new bike's (If I had one ) expensive look to do it myself.
So whats the trick to taping handlebars anyway?
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Originally Posted by Dang
...So whats the trick to taping handlebars anyway?
Parctice, and good luck.
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Old 10-15-05, 09:34 PM
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Like the man said - practice.

I like to tape starting from near the stem down to the end, but most "official" instructions say to sart at the end and work up towards the stem. Standing in front of the bike, just make sure you wrap the tape towards you (or away from the riding position), as this makes the tape self-tightening when you ride/pull back on the flats (or do I have that backwards? )

Here are a few links to help:
http://www.bikewebsite.com/griptape.htm
http://www.jimlangley.net/wrench/tapebars.htm
http://spectrum-cycles.com/63.htm
http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=71

And for the advanced hobbyist:
http://rivbike.com/html/rr_handlebar.html
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Re-wrapped my bars today - in white no less. Never crossed my mind that they looked like bones through *scratches head* probably because I don't know too many bones that bend like that. hehe. Know that white is impossible to keep clean, the tape I took off was pretty gray compared to the white that it was. Even my new wrap job is a bit dingy already from the remaining grease I had on my hands from trying to repack my headset bearings.
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Oh, thanks a lot you guys; I won't be able to ride my Raleigh now without thinking 'bones'. My white tape gets grimy, but a shot of Simple Green spruces it right up. My beef is the tape has a blueish cast, and my white Carlton hoods have a yellow tinge. I suppose if I just don't clean them, eventually they'll match.
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It is a nice luxury to take some of the old tape and lay it on the tops of the bars where your hands will be and then tape over those strips of tape as well. It gives you some added comfort. If you are going to use the cheap-o- plastic film wrap rather than cork or foam wrap, then this technique is a must.
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Benotto tape cleans up pretty well.
Clear shellac over white cloth keeps pretty
clean and looks oh so C&V

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Originally Posted by mike
It is a nice luxury to take some of the old tape and lay it on the tops of the bars where your hands will be and then tape over those strips of tape as well. It gives you some added comfort. If you are going to use the cheap-o- plastic film wrap rather than cork or foam wrap, then this technique is a must.
Thats a good idea. Thanks for the tip and also thanks to everyone else. I'm gonna buy some more tape and doing a better job.
Not only do my bars look like bones but bones with bad arthritus.
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I have tried wrapping a bar every way that I can imagine, and have settled on wrapping from the end to the middle. The other way, normal hand motion seems to tend to loosen and unwrap the tape over time. The shingle effect of the tape is best when it lays over toward the outside.
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Another tip which is very good to know that I bring from wrapping my tennis grips all the time is to pull on it every few wraps hard, and keep as much tension as you can. If you are re-wrapping, you may be surprised at how much slack you end up with when you're finished.

I'm planning on switching over to the cloth & shellac look soon. I could never figure out before how to keep that stuff from falling apart, but now that I know about the shellac, I'm looking forward to putting it back on my vintage ride.
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Originally Posted by luker
I have tried wrapping a bar every way that I can imagine, and have settled on wrapping from the end to the middle. The other way, normal hand motion seems to tend to loosen and unwrap the tape over time. The shingle effect of the tape is best when it lays over toward the outside.
Whether you wrap clockwise or anticlockwise also makes a difference, for similar reasons. I, too, start at the ends, going clockwise on the right and anticlockwise on the left, when viewed from the saddle. Work steadily and smoothly and hold the tape taut as you go up.
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maybe I'm just lucky, but I could never understand how some people can't tape bars. Maybe I should make an instructional video on bar taping. I'm sure practice will do you well, tho
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