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Old 09-01-21, 04:40 AM
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Bar Tape for Steering Wheel?

Has anyone here done it? How well did it work, if at all?

This is my Peugeot 504's naked rim:




Since I couldn't find a ready-made steering wheel cover to fit the old girl's oversized wheel on the local market, I considered using some hemp rope for a more "period" feel:




Although this would be more period-correct:




But I was wondering if bar tape would work. What do you think? Experience? Advantages? Disadvantages?
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Old 09-01-21, 06:28 AM
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Interesting. Don't know why it wouldn't work. I look forward to seeing your results.
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Old 09-01-21, 06:31 AM
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I've been getting asked to take one for the team a lot lately. What's up with this forum?
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Old 09-01-21, 07:09 AM
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Something like the Arundel Rubber Gecko might look OK. Black only, please.

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Seems like your volunteering to take one for the team !! I say go for it. Take pics !! OR ....there has to be auto specific steering wheel wraps somewhere. ...Im interested to see the results because the steering wheel on my beat to crap Ford Focus is getting real gummy in the late summer humidity.
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Great idea! Can't believe I never thought of it - I like a wrapped steering wheel, and most cheap non-factory stuff feels, uh, cheap and nasty, so this may be a good cost-effective way to get a quality grip.

I like that Peugeot too - we hardly see them any more in the U.S., and their style was always a breath of fresh air vs. most other manufacturers.
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Old 09-01-21, 07:59 AM
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It’s too bad that the OP doesn’t have the internet where he is- he could order something online that fits his 504’s steering wheel. Now he’ll have to wear cycling gloves while he drives. Might need the helmet, too. Clipless pedals might be a good idea, depending on road conditions, and he’s certainly gonna want disc breaks.
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Ya might consider using a pre-wrape on that wheel before ya get it all covered with tape. The same pre-wrap used when you tape up an ankle in sports. Also you can consider Base Ball Bat or Hockey tape instead of Bicycle handle bar tape.
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I've wrapped lots of things with Velox cloth tape over the years- should work fine.

My current style of handle wrap- hockey tape over cord.


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If you can't source a cover that fits, seems that bar tape would work. But one piece may not be long enough to wrap around the entire wheel, so you'd end up needing to tape or otherwise join the two ends. You'd need to watch where the ends are going to meet, and how to join them (probably don't want a taped seam where your hands are on the wheel).
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
It’s too bad that the OP doesn’t have the internet where he is- he could order something online that fits his 504’s steering wheel. Now he’ll have to wear cycling gloves while he drives. Might need the helmet, too. Clipless pedals might be a good idea, depending on road conditions, and he’s certainly gonna want disc breaks.
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Old 09-01-21, 01:59 PM
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I used to use original Velox bar tape on my 1965 VW Beetle wheel when I was in college in the mid-1970s. I used varnished twine at the seams. That steering wheel though was a hard non-padded wheel. A newer padded wheel might get nasty from the adhesive. The Velox would last at least a year unless you got it too dirty changing a tire or working on the car, but the hard wheel was easy to clean off the old adhesive using ammonia, Windex, or WD-40.

I would thing that the Brooks Cambium bar tape would do fine and it is very durable and padded.
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Ha! That does seem like a pretty good idea, and I’d like to see the OP’s results, too!
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Wheelskin leather wrap
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Try it! 😎 I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work, I'd guess the bar tape would be long enough to cover a full steering wheel.

I've wrapped various other things like hammers and axes with bar tape in the past. Works a treat.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
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Pardon me- I didn’t realize that questions about cars were now considered very serious topics in the General Cycling category of Bike Forums, so I thought I bit of ironic humor was fitting. I hope that clears it up. To the OP: I’m sorry for making a joke about you not having internet access where you could search for a proper steering wheel cover, which you lamented that you are unable to source locally, when it’s clear to everyone that you might indeed have internet access. I recommend 100% cork for your automobile.
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You can also use the grip tape for tennis rackets. Most general sporting goods store sell grip tape in rolls just long enough for 1-2 rackets so look in a tennis specialty store if you have one in your area. Specialty stores sell 'bulk' rolls and one roll should easily wrap the whole steering wheel.
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I thought of this exact thing last week, when my husband complained of a cold steering wheel. We just haven't bought the tape yet.
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Could we move the thread back to General Cycling?

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Could we move the thread back to General Cycling?
When I first saw the thread title that is precisely what I thought it would be about. I member a couple of older kids having those BITD.
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You might like gaffer tape. There's a high heat gaffer tape, too

I use this 1 inch wide for a lot of uses. It's duct tape for intellectuals.

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Originally Posted by sjanzeir View Post
If anything, I think the above would be great on my bikes!
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The styling is certainly a breath of… something.

Are you all saying Velox because it’s French? I’d want something glossy.
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i have an '89 505. great cars...with some exceptions . love the V6 and limited slip, though

my vote would be black brooks leather bar tape
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