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Handlebar tape, how many guys are there and how to put it

Handlebar tape, how many guys are there and how to put it

The tape that covers the handlebars of road bicycles or grave has experienced a remarkable evolution in materials, thicknesses, etc. Consequently, it is an accessory that has reached an unimaginable level of customization a few years ago. Of the classic cotton or leather tape lifelong, It has been passed to synthetic, plastics or silicones. Lighter, more comfortable materials that contribute to a good grip of the handlebar. A good handlebar tape is a seemingly simple and cheap element that can contribute an extra absorption and protection. If you are about to change it, do not skimp in quality and choose the model that can contribute the most benefits.

Types and materials of the handlebar tape

  • According to the fixation to the handlebar. Many tapes stick to the handlebar with an adhesive that include in its back. Others, on the other hand, are rolled directly in the bar, to later hold on the extreme adhesive tape. The former are more recommended if wheels by asphalt in poor condition or grave practices, given its best fixation. The adhesive tapes are more classic and require a more thorough installation at the ends so that it is well fixed.
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  • According to its thickness or thickness. There are certain compounds or materials that increase the thickness of the tape so that the support of the hands is more comfortable. Gel or polyurethane tapes, the most modern and used, have a good thickness and absorption capacity. Other lighter tissues, such as microfibers or leather, are less absorbent (although this last material is especially resistant).


  • Cotton. It is a quite a material Vintage, but that is still marketed. It stands out for its good commitment between grip, durability, softness and ease of installation.
  • Cork. Also minority, but it was very popular in the eighties. The tapes of this material have a very attractive finish and provide an extra grip, compared to those of cotton.
  • Leather. It is an aesthetic material Vintage, which can be a perfect option to customize your handlebar, providing an outstanding durability, although its comfort and absorption capacity is lower.
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  • Polyurethane. It is the most modern and extended material today. Available in many designs and thicknesses, these tapes have the best relationship between weight, ease of installation and grip.
  • Gel/silicone. The tapes of this material are the most prominent in grip and absorption of vibrations. A perfect tape for irregular asphalt routes or in poor condition, cobblestones or gravel.
  • Synthetic / microperforated fibers. Its thickness is lower, and are indicated for those who look for a strong touch of the handlebar and feel the bike more. They are very light and capable of driving and filtering sweat better.
The duration of a handlebar tape will depend on the material, use and cleaning of the bicycle. It will be necessary to change it when it suffers breaks or the surface becomes rough, irregular or uncomfortable to the touch. Also, obviously, when he accumulates a lot of dirt.

How to correctly put the handlebar tape

The operation of enclosing the bike's handlebar is quite simple, although some ability or technique is required for the tape to be well stuck and tense, but not in excess; It could crack with use. Before installing the tape, be scissors, a roll of insulating tape to paste the ends (although there are ribbons that come with their own adhesive strip) and a screwdriver, to remove the horsdle caps. [Captation Id = "Attachment_8469" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Mechanic by placing handlebar tape Image: Paul Ricafent.[/caption]
  1. Clear the surface of the tape. To remove the old or deteriorated tape, remove or return the rubber of the handles to discover the tape. Remove the adhesive from the ends and also take out the hook cap with the help of a star screwdriver if you don't unscrew with your hands.
  2. Unwinds and highly the handlebar. You can start with the central part of the handlebars or the cap. In case it is very attached to the handlebars, you can try to cut it in half, careful not to scratch the metal.
  3. Since the brake and change cables are in sight, Check your status. Then guide them again from the front of the handlebar, fixing them with the insulating tape. This will facilitate the coffered operation.
  4. The time for put the new tape. Take it out of the box and start winding it by the hook. Start wrinkling and putting one end inside the handlebar tube, then put the pressure cap to be fixed. Enroll it all over the hook, area of ​​the handle and central section, with the appropriate tension and ensuring that no part of the handlebar is left to cover.
  5. Upon arriving at the center, make a Diagonal cut of the tape to remove the leftover. Rolle what remains and put a piece of insulating tape at the end to finish fixing it. Repeat the operation with the other side of the handlebar.

📺 You can see in detail the process of change of handlebars in this video of Global Cycling Network .. [embed] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n7bknxika0[/embed]

Conclusion: Handlebar tape to increase comfort

The handlebar tape is an accessory that goes unnoticed by many cyclists. But remember that you can customize it based on your driving style and routes to obtain an extra grip and comfort in the support of the hands, which also avoids discomfort or injury. In addition, you can do it for little money. From € 10 you can find quality tapes with good finishes and absorbent properties, which can give a different touch to your bike and gain comfort in your usual outputs. Consolidated brands like Foreword, Fizik either Bontrager and other specific such as Supacaz They have a large fans of models and tape types.
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