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I Like Big Bars, I Cannot Lie

Old 10-07-15, 01:53 PM
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I Like Big Bars, I Cannot Lie

I've tried everything from quarter inch (6.5mm) pipe insulation to synthetic cork tape to cotton tape. I really prefer the feel of larger diameter bars and tacky or rough tape; but am pretty indifferent to the level of padding. For anyone else with giant mitts, how do you increase the diameter of your bars without using way too many layers of thin tape or turning lightweight bars into anchors?
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As I'm on my third handlebar, I figured out that the shape/configuration of the bar is more important than what you wrap it with. Switching from a 44cm compact to a 44cm ergo w/ oval top section made all the difference. I had double-wrap on the flats and drops on my compact, and it still wasn't as comfortable-- even though the reach and drop are virtually the same between the two bars. I overcome some of the banana-hands issue with gloves-- makes it easier to grab a bar made for someone with "normal" hands.
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Just buy big grips. Or use a double wrap of road bar tape.
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I get a gel grip for a baseball bat. cut it into sections that fit hand placement positions for the bar and hold those in place with Scotch transparent double-sided tape. (Yellow label.) On the tops, (or anywhere i want extra diameter), I might wrap over those with a thin unpadded style bar tape. Finally, I do the entire bar with a nice thick tape of choice; (the new polyurethane/gel grip from Bontrager is pretty nice, extra long too). I try to use the whole length of the rolls and overlap more than half of a turn if possible. This puts more material on the bar and each successive turn is tape supported on tape. Transitions from extra padded areas can be stepped/tapered down with winds of electrical tape prior to final wrapping.
Yes, this is a bit of a PITA. But, once you get the padding sorted out, you can re-tape whenever, just as you normally would. Just remember to use a non-adhesive backed tape for the top final wrap.
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Harbor Freight sells three packs of double sided foam adhesive tape that are relatively worthless for their intended applications, but work great for this.

Wrap over the existing wrap with the double sided tape and then apply a second layer of bar wrap.

I wouldn't try this with high quality double sided foam tape like the 3M brand. Besides being too expensive it would be impossible to remove without resorting to minor surgery.

Sometimes cheaper is better.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
As I'm on my third handlebar, I figured out that the shape/configuration of the bar is more important than what you wrap it with. Switching from a 44cm compact to a 44cm ergo w/ oval top section made all the difference. I had double-wrap on the flats and drops on my compact, and it still wasn't as comfortable-- even though the reach and drop are virtually the same between the two bars. I overcome some of the banana-hands issue with gloves-- makes it easier to grab a bar made for someone with "normal" hands.

I had the same reaction to compact drops as well. Though it was hideous as hades, the most comfy I ever was in drops was with ergo shaped bars using 1/4-3/8" foam pipe insulation covered in "coaches" tape. Felt as good as it looked bad.

I'm using pursuits and aeros now and am getting ready to go back to the pipe wrap. One of the nifty features of pipe insulation is that it has a lengthwise split that can hide a length of cable housing. That way, the housing does not present a perceptible bump on the bars. Though Newbaum's cotton tape is too thin straight, it seems like it would make the pipe foam far more attractive on handlebars.
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GrabOn handle bar tubes of dense foam are nice.. just unwieldy to use with aero under the tape housing, then tape is better..

In the distant 80s, I'd overwrap them with cotton twill tape.
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