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My existing bar tape is fine, I just want to change colors. Does anyone ever just overwrap the old tape with the new one? Not only for the ease of it, but I think I would like the added cushion of a double wrap...simulating the gel pads some people add.

"PEOPLE DO IT".....or....."NO, DOOFUS" ?

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Er... well, some people DO it -but generally only racers when racing over cobblestones, like in Paris-Roubaix or Tour of Flanders.
Then again, if you NEED extra vibration damping, it's not too horrible an idea.
That said, I still wouldn't recommend it.

Just wrap the new tape- it will be great practice! (and buy some pads, like Specialized "Bar Phat" or something similar, if you need the extra damping).
 

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RRRoubaix said:
Er... well, some people DO it -but generally only racers when racing over cobblestones, like in Paris-Roubaix or Tour of Flanders.
Then again, if you NEED extra vibration damping, it's not too horrible an idea.
That said, I still wouldn't recommend it.

Just wrap the new tape- it will be great practice! (and buy some pads, like Specialized "Bar Phat" or something similar, if you need the extra damping).
+1. I actually think wrapping over existing tape would be more difficult, but have never tried it.
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCEqProduct.jsp?spid=41968&menuItemId=9331&eid=5097
 

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Ok, I figured it was my first try and it was only a $13 experiment, so I did it. If I took all the old tape off first I'd still have the same chances of screwing it up. The worst that could happen is that I'd just start all over....

Original is Fizik Dual red/black, pic in the next post, that came on the bike (I got it used). So I taped over that and I think it came out well for a first timer. The bar feels nice, since the new Fizik tape is relatively thin to begin with and only adds a little thickness to the old tape. I think it looks way better, too.
 

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Back in the dark ages (when steel was real, i.e., really punishing), we used to double-wrap our handlebars all the time.
 

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Nobody else mentioned it, but you wrapped it wrong on top. When crossing behind the brake hoods, you change direction so the tape is being wrapped over and towards the rider. This is done so when riding on the top of the bar, your hands naturally roll down the bar tightening the tape. The way you have a wrapped, your hands are slowly loosening the tape. This is why you see so many people rolling around with loose bar tape on top.

As far as taping over old bar tape, as long as it's in good condition, it doesn't matter and does give extra cushion. Just don't tape over worn out tape or it will be all bumpy and feel weird.

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I did it once prior to a long road trip. It did provide more shock absorption but I didn't like the feel of the extra thickness.
 

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Mount Dora Cycles said:
Nobody else mentioned it, but you wrapped it wrong on top. When crossing behind the brake hoods, you change direction so the tape is being wrapped over and towards the rider. This is done so when riding on the top of the bar, your hands naturally roll down the bar tightening the tape. The way you have a wrapped, your hands are slowly loosening the tape. This is why you see so many people rolling around with loose bar tape on top.

As far as taping over old bar tape, as long as it's in good condition, it doesn't matter and does give extra cushion. Just don't tape over worn out tape or it will be all bumpy and feel weird.

Good Job!

It's probably just hard to see it from the pics, BUT the top is actually wrapped that way you said to do... from underneath and over the top, toward the rider. I looked at 3 different YouTube videos and several internet site pictorials so that I would do it right. Yes, I got the mental pic of it "tightening" if you roll your hands backwards toward yourself. Thanks :thumbsup:

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