Save Your Handlebars: Use Bar Tape!

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Bar tape protects your hands from road buzz, but they also protect your handlebars for you!

Sweat contains salt, salt rusts steel and corrodes aluminum. The caked on white stuff you find under old bar tape is hardened salt.

Be kind to your handlebars and keep them wrapped with clean bar tape, and wear gloves to reduce sweating on the bars.

Rain, road salt, and any kind of moisture can soak into handlebar tape and eventually reach the bars underneath.

Wipe down your bike and clean it occasionally, especially if you ride in the winter outdoors (or indoors on a bike trainer).

Inspect your handlebars especially around the areas the handlebars are clamped. The stem, the brake levers, the shifters, etc.

Carbon fiber bars are not immune either. Scratch them and they can degrade just like metal bars.

TIP: Wrap your bars with electrical tape first. Then add bar tape. The electrical acts as an insulator and may help prevent rusting / corroding bars.

How to wrap bar tape

Before you begin:

Bar tape is pretty durable, so you don’t have to worry about it tearing or ripping easily. Be precise and firm while applying the tape, and make sure you use it all while applying it evenly.

Before you start applying bar tape, it’s a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly as to not contaminate your fresh bar tape before applying it.

Always make sure to tape back any brake or gear housing with PVC tape, and that your bar is super clean and free of any sticky residue.

    1. Have the right tools: Get the finishing strips ready, and cut slim PVC tape into two 5cm pieces with scissors, before unrolling your bar tap.
    2. Start wrapping your bars: Start at the bottom of the bar on the right hand drop and overlap half the width of the tape from the end.Then stuff the extra tape into the end of the bar and finish securing it with bar plug.
    3. Overlap and wrap from the inside out: Wrap from the inside out in a clockwise fashion (for the right hand drop). Overlap the tape by a quarter to a third. Try to keep it as even as possible, by using a strong grip to keep tape tight. Be careful not to wrap tape counter-clockwise, or will loosen or unravel the tape.
    4. Do the figure 8 on the hoods: To keep the tape secure, do a figure 8 while wrapping the tape around your brake hoods.In a figure 8 motion, roll the hoods rubber forward, then put the tape under the lever body: up and inside. Wrap over the top and under the drop. Then back under the lever body to the outside and put the tape back inside the drop and up to the top of the bar.

      Roll the hood back to make sure there are no gaps showing with the figure of eight covering the bar. Don’t be afraid to undo and re-wrap until you get it right.

    5. Keep wrapping along the top: Continue wrapping the bar tape from inside to out, in a clockwise fashion as you did before. Remember to wrap evenly without too much overlap.
    6. Stop at the part where the handlebar gets fatter: Once you reach the part where the handlebar gets fatter, you’ll most likely only have one more rotation left. At this point hold the tape firmly and trim away the excess tape with a long diagonal cut.Secure the end with the supplied finishing tape or electrical tape.
    7. Finish with the bar end plug and repeat on the other side: Repeat for the left hand side of the bar by wrapping from the inside of the bar outwards. This will be an anti-clockwise motion.

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