Wrapping a handlebar with tape is a task that sounds simple enough—until you try to do it. Use this guide from the book Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop and get to work!
Before you start:
- Brake lever hoods can be fragile, especially if they’re getting old, so take it easy when pulling them clear of the taping area.
- Wrap the bar tops with electrical tape; this neatens up the cables and also protects the bar from sweat damage.
- Add an extra layer of tape for riding the rough stuff, or use pipe insulation on the tops.