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Old 01-05-17, 12:52 PM
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Seems to be usefull to use the tape in reserve direction (sticky way to the tape) for preventing the tape unroll itself when it become damaged.
But to be honest , i never had this issue in a lot of years...
Maybe is usefull to those novices or for cyclocross since seems more common to fall.... i think
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Old 01-05-17, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Oh
A little dried on glue won't hurt anything.

Are you going to a vintage bike show and expecting the judges to unwrap your bars to see if you got all the glue cleaned off?
Not sure you understand how much glue residue was left. Took 45 minutes to clean it off. Must have been the bartape I'd used before. My sister had hers taken off and new put on in less time than it took me to clean the residue off mine.

Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
I have a Fuji Newest... just like the one in the picture. I would ever pre-wrap. But with all the cables to hold in place... a bit of electrical tape got used on my Newest anyway.
What year? Mine is a 2011 3.0 model. Love it.

Thanks for the input everyone else. There's no right or wrong way to do it I guess. It'll make my life easier next time I have to change it though!
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Old 01-05-17, 01:35 PM
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On my bar end shifted top mount Brake CX type bike , There are tape strips to hold the housing down & in position,
but not a whole roll worth , used like the OP , If going to that effort , a roll of Hockey/friction/gaffers tape would be better ..

sticky 1st layer is a Good Base , You could even use cotton handlebar tape , You don't even have to overlap it . save that for the top layer ..

a short strip of cotton tape , lengthways around the curve up top has been used
so the wrapped tape which may not have an adhesive backing , won't develop gaps over time..




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Old 01-05-17, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Ty0604 View Post
... What year? Mine is a 2011 3.0 model. Love it.
I was thinking mine was a 2010. I bought it new... in late August. It was my 1st new bike since the late 50's.
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Old 01-05-17, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
I was thinking mine was a 2010. I bought it new... in late August. It was my 1st new bike since the late 50's.
That's awesome. A quick look at Fuji's website shows they made the same color scheme in 2010 & 2011. At least. Didn't check other years. I don't think they make the Newest anymore, do they?

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Old 01-05-17, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Ty0604 View Post
.....I don't think they make the Newest anymore, do they?
I thought they did. I saw a new one on the trails not long ago. I often put a rack and trunk bag on mine too. I have other bikes... my daily rider is now a Trek 1.1 (2014). But I've logged over 8800 miles on the Fuji.
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Old 01-05-17, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
I thought they did. I saw a new one on the trails not long ago. I often put a rack and trunk bag on mine too. I have other bikes... my daily rider is now a Trek 1.1 (2014). But I've logged over 8800 miles on the Fuji.
I'll have to check into the new ones!

I have ~13,000 miles on this bike. Several tours including a 5,177 mile trip from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine in 2016. I'll be leaving February 15th for the Southern Tier so she'll have another ~3,200 on it by summer. Most of the bike is still original. It's gone through a single tube, a rear axle, a few tires, a few sets of brakes, two chains and one cable change but that's all. I also upgraded the cassette to give myself more gearing.

I leave the rack on permanently since it's been treated with Loctite. The weight doesn't bother me enough when the rack is empty.

You're the first I've met with the same Fuji in this color.

I only have this bike now. I had a Spin and a Trek 7.1 FX but been downsizing over the past few years.
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Old 01-06-17, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Ty0604 View Post
Not sure you understand how much glue residue was left. Took 45 minutes to clean it off. Must have been the bartape I'd used before. My sister had hers taken off and new put on in less time than it took me to clean the residue off mine.
Why clean off the old residue... doesn't make the new tape stick better?

I don't recall ever cleaning bars before retaping.
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Old 01-06-17, 07:30 AM
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I don't prewrap my bars but to hold the cables in the proper positions I'll use a few wraps of silicone self-fusing tape, zero residue and tacky enough to make sure the tape over the top doesn't move. It also works well as an alternative to electrical tape for finishing your bar wrap.
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Old 01-06-17, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Why clean off the old residue... doesn't make the new tape stick better?

I don't recall ever cleaning bars before retaping.
It makes the bartape uneven if it's not cleaned to a certain point.
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Old 01-06-17, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23 View Post
Though if I did wrap the entire bar like that, I would definitely wrap the bar first then I would tape the cables down over that. If i had to make any changes, it would be easier/quicker to not have to destroy all that tape to get to the cables, then to re-wrap all of that.


Back in the 80's shimano included a plastic 'caterpillar' with Aero brake levers to make the tape wrap a little smoother.

and a double ended housing ferrule, So you could leave the under tape housing alone and just replace the exposed portion as needed..



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Old 01-06-17, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Ty0604 View Post
Not sure you understand how much glue residue was left. Took 45 minutes to clean it off. Must have been the bartape I'd used before. My sister had hers taken off and new put on in less time than it took me to clean the residue off mine. h!


I've used a few bar tapes that have no glue at all. I'm guessing it was Profile brand tape has no adhesive backing.
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Old 01-06-17, 04:26 PM
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There is Gel backed Foam bar-tape , its more a non slip than adding cushion strip.
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Old 01-06-17, 04:31 PM
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I always pre-wrap with cloth friction tape.
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Old 01-06-17, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ClydeTim View Post
I've used a few bar tapes that have no glue at all. I'm guessing it was Profile brand tape has no adhesive backing.
It was Fi'zi:k brand
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Old 01-07-17, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
I always pre-wrap with cloth friction tape.
Same here, so-called "sport tape". In particular on the drops. I haven't removed it, just pull off the bar tape and apply fresh over it.

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Originally Posted by Ty0604 View Post
Does anyone pre wrap their handlebars in electrical tape? I was taking the old handlebar tape off my Fuji today and was annoyed by all the glue residue I had to pick off the bars.
why pick the glue residue off? just put the new tape right over it.

electrical tape is a bad idea overall because it stretches and then slides around over time. bar tape is more stable when stuck directly to the bars.
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Originally Posted by Ty0604 View Post
I have ~13,000 miles on this bike. Several tours including a 5,177 mile trip from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine in 2016. I'll be leaving February 15th for the Southern Tier so she'll have another ~3,200 on it by summer. Most of the bike is still original. It's gone through a single tube, a rear axle, a few tires, a few sets of brakes, two chains and one cable change but that's all. I also upgraded the cassette to give myself more gearing.
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Old 01-07-17, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
why pick the glue residue off? just put the new tape right over it.

electrical tape is a bad idea overall because it stretches and then slides around over time. bar tape is more stable when stuck directly to the bars.
Bar tape is uneven with too much residue on the bars. Not necessary glue but pieces of the old bar tape that stayed on the bars.

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Impressive!
Thanks! Routine maintenance goes a long ways!
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Old 01-07-17, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
Forget about pre wrapping with electrical tape. Use 1 inch gaffer tape for a pre wrap.
Expensive tape to use for something unnecessary
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Old 01-08-17, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Expensive tape to use for something unnecessary
I keep forgetting that bicycle riders are really cheap.
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Originally Posted by Snuts View Post
Invert the tape. Sticky side out. Stretch it good. It will help prevent damaged handlebar tape from unwrapping until you can get it back home.

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I've done this with hockey stick tape. Have to get the hockey tape perfectly smooth and flat, cork tape overlays nicely and it seems to lay smoother longer and is less affected by handle bar bashes. It does add a slight bulk to handlebar, that was the initial reason I tried it- to fatten the handlebar slightly for my large hands.
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
Seems unnecessary. A little bit of denatured alcohol takes all the old glue right off if you care enough to do that. I don't care enough.
I was thinking similar, use some "Goo-gone" and it will remove in short order. There usually isn't enough residue on the bars for me to even give it a second thought.
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Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
I keep forgetting that bicycle riders are really cheap.
Naw...Gaff is just a highly prized and frequently rare commodity. $250 per 24-roll case is not to be used for non-necessities. Least my boss gets grumpy about buying more cases of black-gold.

Further, long term it leaves gunk on surfaces after heat/sweat.
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I've heard this is something racers often do so if a bar wrap gets cut in a crash or swipe or whatever that it doesn't all unravel as it's stuck to the tape on each side of the cut. But it has to be inside out for that, if the residue is on the bar then I suppose it is not that.
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