Bicycle Maintenance & Repairs : How to Tape Handlebars on a Road Bike

Bicycle Maintenance & Repairs : How to Tape Handlebars on a Road Bike


Hi my name is Evan from Gregg’s Cycles and
today we are going to show you how to wrap some handlebars. The one thing to remember
with road handlebars is that when you are holding them in the drops your hands will
always kind of curve to the outside and then the same thing again on the top, your hands
almost seem to kind of go like this. So you want to remember to on the bottom wrap to
the outside and then on top to wrap to the inside and the easiest way to do it is to
kind of start at the bottom here and then just wrap towards the outside of the handlebar.
You want them to be wrapped fairly tightly so it doesn’t come unwrapped in the future
and then a good measurement you want to overlap about half of what you just wrapped and that
way if it ever does start to come unraveled it won’t be showing bar immediately and then
just continue to wrap. So once you have got your wrap all figured out here then what you
want to go ahead and do is finish it off on the top. You’ve kind of got this loose flappy
here and you want to have a way to kind of seal that down. Some people choose to just
do it with plain old black electrical tape. Some people like to get fancy and use colored
electrical tapes that match their bike, maybe blue or red or pink or green, whatever your
choice is. Then go ahead and before you actually get on your bike and start riding just kind
of give it some oomph and kind of work it in and make sure that it is not going to come
undone while you are on a long ride or out on your commute to work or anything like that
and just kind of make sure that it is going to stay stable for a couple of weeks or months
or however long you plan on riding. That’s how you wrap a handlebar.