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is there a special technique to using silva cork tape?

Old 01-24-10, 06:24 PM
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is there a special technique to using silva cork tape?

the stuff is sliding all over and unwrapping...what a PITA!

the "adhesive" back on the stuff doesnt really feel sticky, it just feels gummy...do you have to do something to it to "activate" it before wrapping?

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They say there are no stoopid questions so here goes...is there a cellophane-like covering that needs to be peeled off of the adhesive?
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Why would you need it to be adhesive to wrap it? The non-adhesive stuff is better. The only reason that they make adhesive tape,is so that you have to buy new tape every time you rewrap your handlabars. Pull it tighter, stretch it out and you shouldn't have any more problems.
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make sure the cellophane film is off the adhesive.
wrap as if there is no adhesive, keep tension on the tape.

with most cork, it stretches a "given" amount. after that, it breaks.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
with most cork, it stretches a "given" amount.
Two nanometers.

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Originally Posted by big_heineken View Post
Why would you need it to be adhesive to wrap it? The non-adhesive stuff is better. The only reason that they make adhesive tape,is so that you have to buy new tape every time you rewrap your handlabars. Pull it tighter, stretch it out and you shouldn't have any more problems.
with cork i would be careful, it might snap

with cotton.. pull as hard as you want
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I've wrapped dozens of bars over the past 6 years, primarily with modern cork tape, and often put all my weight into pulling it tight. Never not once have I had one snap, rip, or tear.

What am I doing wrong? And I thought I was doing a pretty good job with my wraps.

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The trick is to not let go until you finish a whole side, if possible. In other words, have everything ready so you don't have to. Just be glad it's not cinelli tape. It's always
a challenge making their tape reach the top of the handlebar before you run out.,,,,BD
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nope. nothing like cinelli cork. i love cinelli cork, never had a problem with it. been using it since 1987.

tried this silva stuff cuz' it's modestly priced and feels good, but the "adhesive" is terrible. it's almost like a lubricant!

They say there are no stoopid questions so here goes...is there a cellophane-like covering that needs to be peeled off of the adhesive?
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Cork tape? I recommend applying a bit of lighter fluid to the backing, and then "activating" it with a small flame.

...if you follow this bad advice, make sure you're outside, and don't spill any lighter fluid on yourself.
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