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Old 12-02-11, 12:39 PM
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Extending the life of foam on drop bars Tip.

Around 5 months ago, I put electrical tape around my cracking, splitting, flaking foam pads on my drop bars. To my amazement the electrical tape held and keeps on holding. Perhaps it is not as grippy in wet weather as the traditional handlebar tape. So be it. Interesting how the tape mimics a leatherette lounge chair, luxury at a reduced expense. Anyway, carry on!

I wouldn't recommend electrical tape for handlebars in general, however with the added cushion of the foam, makes it ideal.

I had also needed to overhaul my bike's bar end lever on one side. I took a razor blade to the taped foam and voila. Easy access and easily rewrapped when done.
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I would highly recommend an old inner tube (recycle punctured ones) wrapped over the foam.

I used an inner tube wrapped bars for most of this season and it was very grippy even when wet. It was however very poorly cushioned. I think foam would make this a very comfortable solution.

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I would highly recommend an old inner tube (recycle punctured ones) wrapped over the foam.

I used an inner tube wrapped bars for most of this season and it was very grippy even when wet. It was however very poorly cushioned. I think foam would make this a very comfortable solution.
Good suggestion. I might add a few innertube loops to add grip since I think an entire innertube would add significant weight. I can easily apply some grippy loops with electrical tape, yeah! Better yet perhaps some rubber cement?

I am glad to be free from handlebar tape headaches!
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mechanics tip:
25 years ago I began wrapping over my Grab On grips
with Black cotton bike handle bar tape
cat eye , tresso star, tressorex etc.

by covering them, protecting from sun and UV damage
the grip life is greatly extended.
the bigger diameter requires 3 or 4 packaged rolls.
3 if you only put the foam grips
on the top part of the [road] bars.
1 roll split in half for the lower curves.
since they are not Fat.

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