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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:04 am 
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Morning all,

Odd one this, but could anyone who could be bothered please post up 'good' pics of their bars and taping. I continue to have problems with different types of tape and spacing and would like to see what the 'perfect bars' look like. Side on pics and pics of the ends would be great.

Thanks all, the sun is out here, maybe time to get a bike out,

Richard


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:20 am 
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I'm a bit crap at taping bars and even crapper at photography, but Ray Dobbins has some pretty good photos of most basic types of bar tape (bike ribbon, cotton, cello etc) if that's any help:

http://www.raydobbins.com/


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:23 am 
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Hi Richard

I find it varies depending on which tape you use and it will either go right first time, or you'll have to mess around for hours :) Cushion tape can have a wider wrap than cotton tape. I always start at the end of the drop, wrapping outwards from the frame. Keep a good firm tension throughout. Use a short piece to cover the brake clip, either vertically or horizontally, when you get to the end trim at an angle so it wraps squarely around the bar and secure with insulation tape. Bobs your uncle, Fanny's your aunt :)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:41 am 
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My advice is: let the end of the tape run out (near the center of the bar) by continously wrapping it. After that apply the insulation tape where it is intended to be, and cut concentric off the unnecessary bar tape. This way the inner end will be more nicer.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:42 am 
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Re nightmare, how do you do that then? Love it!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:03 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:18 am 
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When applying cotton tape, it helps to moist the fabric. The tape is easier to handle and will 'shrink' a little bit when drying up, which will give you a nicer result!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:25 am 
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This is a really useful page, and I have taken a few pieces of advice from it in the past:

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-hel ... n-drop-bar


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:58 pm 
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Look at this -

http://www.wastedlife.org/bike/harlequin/index.html

Your life will never be the same again.........................


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:33 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
Look at this -

http://www.wastedlife.org/bike/harlequin/index.html

Your life will never be the same again.........................


That's actually achievable! I think. Great link.


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