CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS
Last updated: 5/22/2018
Want a visual summary to start? Here is a
link to a video from the folks at Bicycling.com on how to wrap handlebars.
Wrapping a bar takes practice, and there are plenty of step-by-steps
out there to guide you through the process. Still, there are functional wraps
and there are those that approach the level of fine art. Use this expert
advice, and your bar will be riding in style.
- FLIP IT TO STICK IT When working with bar tape that has no sticky back,
first wrap electrical tape around the bar end once, then flip the roll-don't
cut it-so the sticky side is up, and wrap it around so it covers a couple
inches. Turn the tape over again so the sticky side is down, and wrap it
once more. This creates a very tacky start to a good tape job. MS,
High Gear Cyclery @ highgearcyclery.com
- WHIP IT GOOD Rather than finish off the wrap with electrical tape, I spend
a little extra time to cord-whip it. I make a loop with the cord-I like to
use thin, round leather cord that you'd find at a craft store-and hold it
with one hand under the bar while I start winding the cord around it. After
a couple turns over the loop, it will hold itself in place. Start the cord
neatly against the ferrule so you start winding nice and square, and wind
back over the tape, which I like to stop about one-quarter-inch short of
the ferrule to avoid bulkiness under the cord. When the cord covers about
an inch of the tape, put one end through the loop and pull the other end,
stopping when it's tucked neatly under the wound cord. Trim the ends of the
cord with a sharp knife and apply several coats of clear urethane to
waterproof and seal it so it doesn't unravel. DM, keblog.squarespace.com
- MAKE IT SHINE I'd heard about shellacking handlebars and kind of laughed.
I thought it might make the bar slippery or that it would ruin in the rain.
Well, I finally caught the bug and shellacked my cork tape (it's usually
done on cloth tape). A few coats made my cork glow-it almost matched my
honey-colored Brooks leather saddle. Downside? I put the bike in a hot car
and took it to my bike shop to show off. When I removed it, the finish had
peeled. Disaster! So much for impressing the shop guys. Then I learned
from iBOB, an online bike-lore group (see bikelist.org),that a light
rubdown with denatured alcohol revives rumpled shellac. I tried it
and it worked great. JP, publisher of Out Your Back-door
- HEAT TREAT IT End the tape at the bar top and finish it with electrical
tape to hold it in place. Use scissors on the finish tape-don't tear it off.
Begin and end the finish wrap on the underside, then use a soldering gun
or hex-wrench end heated by a cigarette lighter to spot weld the finish
tape so it doesn't come loose. CJ, director of
education, Park Tool @ parktool.com
The History of Handlebar Tape
A history of materials - finishing up with a nice set of instructions
(with pictures) on effective wrapping.
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