It can be a fiddly job, but sooner or later you'll need to change your handlebar tap. Here we show you how
This buyer’s guide to the best handle bar tape will help you find what you’re looking for, and our handy video will talk you through how best to wrap it.
Mechanic Al Vines runs through how to change your bar tape. It’s not the simplest of jobs, but sooner or later your grip is going to wear out and you’ll need to refresh your bar wrapping.
Watch the video to find out what you’ll need for the job and how best to approach it. Al uses a figure of eight approach that works best with drop bars and modern shifters. Follow his advice carefully and you’ll have a fresh looking set of bars in no time.
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What you’ll need
- Electrical tape
- Decent sharp scissors
- A roll of new bar tape
- A clean pair of hands
Fresh from the box
When you buy new handlebar tape you should find a few other things in the box. There’ll be the two rolls of tape with bar plugs, cheat strips – but you won’t need those with this method, unless you’ve got Campag levers, and finally some sticky strips for finishing the job – but that’s where the electrical tape comes in.