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Old 09-14-08, 05:20 PM   #1
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installing grip tape

do people put new grip tape over the old ones? i've read that some people do, but what is the point of that? anyways, is there a wrong way to put them on or a correct way to do so? i'm a total newbie. thanks in advance for the inputs
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Old 09-14-08, 05:23 PM   #2
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take the old tape off

when you are wrapping you should be stretching the tape to the point where your fingers get tired by the time you are done

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Old 09-14-08, 05:30 PM   #3
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grip tape is for skateboards.
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Old 09-14-08, 05:31 PM   #4
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cool thanks

haha bar tape? whatever !
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look it up on youtube for videos on how to do it properly. Its easier to see someone do it than to describe it, although its not very difficult to do.
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Old 09-14-08, 05:51 PM   #6
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the only things I can suggest over teh internets is to stretch the tape to your liking as you wrap. If you stretch more you will have a less cushy bar with less overlap between each strip. Try to make each pass even too; you do this by initially deciding how wide each strip should be, then modelling each pass by the width of the previous one.

At bends be prepared to make the outer curve wider than the inner one.

Basically use one set width for the entire bar and it won't look like a mess.
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Old 09-14-08, 05:53 PM   #7
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Here ya go: How To Tape Drop Handlebars. Good, straight to the point video. Plus, the linked site is a good resource for learning how to take care of your ride.
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remove the old tape. i stretch the tape and try to overlap the tape at the point where the glue part contacts the bar.
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Start near the stem.
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Start near the stem.
incorrect
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i was just about to say
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lol @ "grip tape"
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haha^

thanks everyone saw the video, very helpful! thanks!!
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