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Old 04-19-09, 05:49 PM
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TrekinG Bars - How much bar tape?

Nashbar has their treking bars on sale. I am considering getting one. How much tape will I need? One or two pairs? Last I emailed the Historian, he had not mounted his yet but figured 2 pair. Do most people find it takes 2 pairs?

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I have one on mine. I also have a set of rubber hand grips on them. I have two more that are going on neighbors bikes over the next week, and I am planning one for each of those.

I don't have any pictures, but could take one tomorrow.
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I have a Navara Safari with trekking bars.

Last weekend I added gel tape designed for a road bike. I placed them directly on top of the foam that came standard with the bike. On top of the gel, I used one roll of gel tape.
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Originally Posted by RepWI View Post
I have a Navara Safari with trekking bars.

Last weekend I added gel tape designed for a road bike. I placed them directly on top of the foam that came standard with the bike. On top of the gel, I used one roll of gel tape.
OK but how many pairs of tape did you use for one coverage?
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Originally Posted by sonatageek View Post
I have one on mine. I also have a set of rubber hand grips on them. I have two more that are going on neighbors bikes over the next week, and I am planning one for each of those.

I don't have any pictures, but could take one tomorrow.
Thanks I think i saw pics with grips. I think I might go with all tape. Did you use all of the role for one side even with the grips?
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one package of tape covered my trekking bars. a week into my tour I bought another package for a 2nd layer of additional padding.
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Old 04-19-09, 08:13 PM
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You would have to really be stretching the tape to cover the bars with one set if you aren't using grips. With grips, a set of handle bar tape just covered my bars to where I wanted in the middle. So I would say yes, you will need 2 sets if you aren't going to use grips.
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Old 04-19-09, 08:25 PM
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This is exactly one full package of bar tape (with grips) as shown.

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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
OK but how many pairs of tape did you use for one coverage?
One box had two rolls. The same amount for drop bars. Now, I covered all except for about four inches on either side of the stem.

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One box of Bontrager gel bar tape easily covers the whole thing. Love this stuff !!! Oh and that's without any plastic bar grips taking space on the bar.

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Old 04-20-09, 04:25 AM
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I am going to recommend going with grips and bar tape instead of all bar tape. The extra grip and cushion of the rubber grip down by the brakes / shift levers is really nice.
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I have a set of trekking bars also. But was wondering if I put these on a converted mtb tourer, would they be safe to use when I take all the gear and racks off to go riding trails and general mtbing.

Would there be an advantage or disavantage to using them primarily for mtbing.
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When I changed the tape on my Nashbar bars, I found pack (2 rolls) covered teh bars. I bought the gel pads and found for me, 3 gel pads on each side work well. If you are going to use a mirror, try either the Zefal "SPY" or the Ultralight from Ortlieb. I just switched to the Ortlieb and like it better than the SPY. I will keep the SPY for a backup
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Rats! They are out of stock at Nashbar! Plus they are $5 more than they were yesterday.

I am wondering if I even want to chance ordering from Nashbar anymore. I suspect they were the source of the recent theft of my credit card information.


Do I need a new stem? I have a Trek FX 7.3. Will the handlebar fit on my current stem or will I need a shim?
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Originally Posted by sonatageek View Post
I am going to recommend going with grips and bar tape instead of all bar tape. The extra grip and cushion of the rubber grip down by the brakes / shift levers is really nice.
Rubber grips also do a nice job of soaking up handlebar buzz.
I tried all tape once and hated it.
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Originally Posted by n4zou View Post
Rubber grips also do a nice job of soaking up handlebar buzz.
I tried all tape once and hated it.
Well I have them from my current handlebar so I might as well try them out. They are not Ergon grips just the stock Trek FX grips.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Do I need a new stem? I have a Trek FX 7.3. Will the handlebar fit on my current stem or will I need a shim?
It will be compatible no problem. However for it to "fit", you might want a longer stem. I also use a FX 7.3 for touring, and the cockpit sure felt pretty short after switching to trekking bars. I tried a few to see what felt best, so I'm not positive, but I think I ended up using one 20mm longer. Obviously this is all personal preference. It seems like small differences in stem length, and the angle of the bars make a BIG difference in how trekking bars feel.
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Not Trekking bars, but Titec H-bars are similar in size. I have Ergons on another Titec H-bar with about 1 package of cork tape on the remaining areas.

For the H-bar shown above I decided to try them without Ergos and a double layer of cork tape - 2 full packages.
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Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan View Post
It will be compatible no problem. However for it to "fit", you might want a longer stem. I also use a FX 7.3 for touring, and the cockpit sure felt pretty short after switching to trekking bars. I tried a few to see what felt best, so I'm not positive, but I think I ended up using one 20mm longer. Obviously this is all personal preference. It seems like small differences in stem length, and the angle of the bars make a BIG difference in how trekking bars feel.

Thanks

So I probably should not run out and get a new stem just yet?


I was thinking of mounting the shifters on the most forward bar. Wouldn't that actually extend my reach? From looking at pics of the bars, it seems it would but pictures could be deceiving.

I was thinking of tilting the bars down a bit to give a dropped bar feel. I would think that should lengthen the reach a bit?
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So I probably should not run out and get a new stem just yet?


I was thinking of mounting the shifters on the most forward bar. Wouldn't that actually extend my reach? From looking at pics of the bars, it seems it would but pictures could be deceiving.

I was thinking of tilting the bars down a bit to give a dropped bar feel. I would think that should lengthen the reach a bit?
Yes, the very front of the bars is actually in front on the stem, so it would increase the reach if you mounted the shifters up there. However, I wanted to try mounting mine up there, and no matter what I tried, I could not get the shifters past the first bend in the bars. If you are actually able to get yours up there, please let me know how you did so. I guess if you mount the bars "backwards" (open end away from you), then you could mount the shifters all the way forward, but then I didn't like the hand positions as well.

As far as angle, I'm not sure what you mean by "down". The bars are not completely level to begin with, and have a bit of a slope to them. If by "down" you mean angling the part furthest away from you further towards the ground, then remember that the part closest to you will end up even higher. For me that would be too upright when riding on that part of the bars. Again it's going to be totally personal, but I found having the part of the bars furthest away from me about 10 degrees higher than the part closest to me to be the most comfortable.
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