Together with the saddle, your handlebars are one of your bike’s main contact points. That’s why you want to make sure the grip is spot on. You should change the tape regularly for both aesthetic reasons and to avoid dangerous loss of grip. We will show you how to wrap fresh bar tape correctly.
Easy (not much harder than getting into compression socks)
If you’re wrapping a new handlebar you can skip the part in which we explain how you remove the old tape and jump directly to the next section
Make sure the brake and gear cables are secured neatly against the bars. This will guarantee optimal grip and a great look. In addition, you can give it a couple of rounds of electrical tape to help the bar tape stick even better.
Attention: if you wrap it too far inboard at the stem, the bar tape won’t cover all of the electrical tape.
Now that the first side is done follow the same procedure to get the other one sorted – make sure to mirror the wrapping direction! When you stick the bar tape to the bottom of the bars, the direction should be from the inside to the outside. In other words, the tip of the bar tape should be pointing towards your bike while the tape roll should be pointing towards your body.
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