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. ♪ [music] ♪ 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. ♪ [music] ♪ 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. For more videos like this, subscribe
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