Bicycle Maintenance Tips : How to Tape Handlebars on a Road Bike
Hey, this is Jeff at the Two Wheeler Dealer.
Today I’m going to show you how to wrap the handle bars on a road bike. First thing to
do, peel back the hood cover. Which I’ve all ready done here. About half way to expose
the clamp. And then you are going to take a piece of adhesive bar tape, and you are
going to wrap it over that clamp. Stick it down. And then grab your bar tape. And you
are going to start from the inside at the bottom. And you’re going to about half overlap
it. And you’re going pull towards yourself. Or towards the outside. And up at about a
forty-five degree angle, about half overlapping the tape as your go. And you want to apply
slight pressure to stretch it. And you want to wrap over the end, so that it fully covers
the end. Leaving a little flap. And then just continue wrapping as you go. Once you reach your shift lever, you’re going
to come around the bottom, and just leave a little overlap. Come back underneath, and
then over the top. Back down. And then continue just wrapping on top. If you don’t get it tight enough, you’ll end
up with little wrinkles and bulges in the tape. So you definitely want to apply some
pressure and stretch it good. If you pull it too hard and stretch it too much, it will
break though. So theres a fine line between too much and not enough pressure when you
stretch it. Once you reach the top, basically get some scissors. And it’s going to be coming
off at that forty-five degree angle. If you line the scissors up from this outside edge
and cut in a straight line to where you want the end point to be. It should give you a
nice tapered triangle piece, like so, that you can finish wrapping right up to the edge.
Leave a nice smooth line. And just take some black electrical tape and overlap slightly
onto the bar, off of the tape. So that it adheres to the bar and doesn’t slip. And then
just give it a few wraps to secure it. Cut the end off. And finish it just like that.
You then take your bar plug and come back and fold this little flap that you left at
the end. Tuck that tape in. Insert your plug. Fold back down your hood cover. And that’s
how you wrap your handle bar.