Monday, November 28, 2011

Cross bike update - Wrapping handlebars

Wrapping handlebars is a tough but pointless exercise. It take a little time to get the process down and I often end up re-wrapping each side a few times to get the tape as tight and evenly spaced. I also wrap my handlebars twice because I don't like to wear gloves and it's softer. In my left hand you see the rubber hoods of the shifter/brake lever, which is rolled back. The bar tape goes under the hood, and it will be rolled back into place after the wrapping is finished. This is the first layer:

Grey marble: the Lands' End of bar tape

This tape goes on easy and will serve as a good foundation pad. A few important things:

- pull the tape tight when wrapping the bars
- don't pull too hard or the cork tape will tear
- overlap at least 1/3 of the width of the tape
- start at the bottom and work your way up
- criss cross the tape over the levers to cover the hardware

Halfway done - Finished side

Electrical tape is great for finishing the wrap.

All done!

The top layer is a suede feeling material called microfiber and not as stretchy, but it's still important to get it tight, so I pulled real hard. Roll the shifter hoods back down and it's ready to go!

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