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Old 07-06-12, 09:59 AM
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How to finish wrapping bars on a French bike

Hi all, here's how I finished my bar wrapping on my 70's Peugeot UO10, I hope you enjoy the idea



She may have chicken wings, a sidestand, and stem shifters, and she may not be a px10 or something equally high end, but she's light enough, she rides smooth and she's darn pretty if you ask me.

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Nice touch. Put some super glue or the like on the ends to thwart unraveling. Clear nail polish will help too.
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That's really nice, but what material & method did you use to do that? I'm used to using electrical tape to finish off my bar tape.
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Good looking steed there, KE.
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Very nice looking job. And a super good looking bike.
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That's really nice, but what material & method did you use to do that?
I use the electrical tape that comes with the bars, but I always find that starts to unpeel, and unstick, especially in hot weather. The stuff pictured is nylon string, you can pick it up at most craft stores, or online in many colors. Since I couldn't find any triple color stuff, I bought blue, white, and red and cut them to appropriate lengths, then melted the ends and stuck them together to make two continuous blue, white, and red strands.

As for how to wrap it, I've found tutorials online before, but I can't find them now, if anyone knows of one with pictures, please feel free to share. For now however, I will do my best to describe with words:
Take a string about one yard long and create a narrow U shape. The U should be a little taller than the width of bar you wish to wrap with cord (2-3 inches). Hold the U shape loop against the bottom of the bars, the U should span the length of the portion of bars you wish to wrap with cord. One end of the U should be the end of your yard long string, the other end should be a free hanging long tail that comprises the rest of your cord. Take the tail, and begin to tightly wrap it around the bars (this wrapping will hold the U shape loop in place) wrap in the direction that leads towards the closed end of the U. Make sure when you start wrapping with the long tail, you do not completely cover up the open end of the U, let it hang one or two inches out. When you have wrapped enough of the bar to get near the closed end of the U, thread the open end of string that you have left through the closed loop of the U (only a little bit should still be visible). Now, go back to the side of the bar you started wrapping at, and find the little one or two inch segment of your initial U you did not wrap. Pull this little tail as hard as you can, you may need plyers to do this. Pulling on this tail with start pulling the closed end of the U in tight. You want to pull on the short tail at the starting end until the threaded U loop at the other end actually gets pulled under the cord wrappings. Once the threaded U is under the wrappings, snip off the tails at both ends, and it's all sealed up.

Much prettier and more durable than just tape in my opinion.

I hope my description of the wrapping process helped a bit? It's easier to see with pictures, sorry I can't find a tutorial online at the moment. If this makes absolutely no sense to you, and you want to know how to do this, let me know, and I'll do it on a spare set of bars I have and take pictures in the process.
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Good solution, and very fetching if you ask me!
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