One of the most common jobs that you'll need to do on a road bike is replacing the
bar tape like this, either the previous tape gets worn out, or when you're
replacing the cables which run out the STI levers. It's quite a simple job when
you know how. In this video, we're going to show you exactly how to do it.
The only tool you'll need for the job is a sharp pair of scissors, but you'll also
need some electrical tape and of course, a new bar tape. The type of tape you choose
is completely down to personal preference for the number of different types out
there on the market. Before you start, you'll need to make sure your cables are
secured neatly against the bars. Most bars have grooves in which to place the cables,
but our particular model has internal routing. Secure the cables in place using
your electrical tape and pull back the hoods of the shifters so that you're able
to wrap the bar tape underneath. Most bar tape will come with a couple of extra
strips to place behind the shifters so that you don't end up with a gap in the
bar tape at this point. For neatness, we cut these strips so that they fit snugly
behind the plastic part of the shifter mount.
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Next, you're ready to start wrapping the bar tape itself. Start at the end of the
bars. Put the end of the tape on the underside of the bars and make sure it
overlaps the end of the bar by about half the width of the tape.
Do almost one complete turn of the tape before starting to pull the tape upwards.
The most important thing when wrapping bar tape is to make sure you keep a good
amount of tension on the tape at all times. As you move up the bars,
try to make each overlap of the grip tape as equal as possible but bear in mind that
there needs to be more overlap on the inside curve of the bars than on the
outside. The overlap should be just over half the width of the tape to keep it as
flat as possible against the bars. Once you get up to the shifters,
pay special attention that the tape goes closely as possible to the inner plastic
mount so that the bar's completely covered. Continue wrapping in the same
direction towards the center of the bar. We tend to wrap until the graphic logo.
Once you get to the point at which you want to stop, cut the bar tape at an angle
so that the overlap of the tape continues in the same direction.
Then, take your electrical tape and wrap it around the bar tape and bars to secure
it snugly into place.
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Next, it's time to pote the overlapping tape at the end of the bar inside the bar
itself and then push the bar end plug in. It should be quite a snug fit.
Finally, pull the hood to the shifter back into place and make sure there are no gaps
around it. Repeat the same steps on the other side, and it's job done.
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