Re: [CR] Securing Bar Tape

(Example: Framebuilding:Paint)

Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:07:57 -0800
From: "Fred Rednor" <fred_rednor@yahoo.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <249DDD9704676C49AE6169AE3D2D9F4ECDB73B@Exchange-SVR>
Subject: Re: [CR] Securing Bar Tape


> I use electrical tape to finish off when wrapping > handlebars, and it usually doesn't work too well. > If I wrap it tight, it comes unstuck > over time as the tape contracts; if I don't wrap it > tight, it looks sloppy. Somewhere I read you should > wrap tightly at first, and then > finish it with no tension. It occurred to me today, > Why not try a short > piece of heat-shrink tubing? Just slip it on and > slide up to the stem, > out of the way, then slide it back over the end of > the wrap and apply heat. Has anyone tried this?

John,

I have not used heat shrink tubing for this application, but I can recommend a better tape than electrical tape. Use the ordinary Scotch plastic tape. I.e. this stuff, which is available at any hardware or art supply store:
        http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=1331&store=001 This stuff does not shrink after it has been stretched.
       Best regards,
       Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)