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Cerddwyr said:
I am getting ready to remove the rear brake on my Langster and reroute the front cable. The current tape is new, but the black tape used by the LBS to finish the wrap at the stem is slipping, leaving a sticky bit. I am wondering, do I just get regular electrical tape to finish off my wrap job, and there is a technique to avoid this? Or is there a better answer than electrical tape? I had thought about getting some black cloth bar tape. More expensive, but not a big deal, and I would have plenty left over for other projects.
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I use electrical tape on all my bikes. Even if I want to finish the wrap with Cinelli tape for aesthetic reasons, I still use electrical tape underneath. Cinelli tape with red/blue,yellow or white electrical tape underneath looks very nice...The electrical tape is just a little wider than the Cinelli tape so it looks very cool...
 

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Actually, one good use for electrical tape is for under handlebar tape.
To start, I wrap electrical tape, sticky side OUT,

I do the same thing with cotton, two sided electrical tape like we used on bats and hockey sticks when I was a kid. I find cotton handle bar tape the easiest to hold onto and it keeps the edges from curling up.
 

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Hockey Tape Consideration

Electrical tape is fine for a glossy, clean finish. However, I have found 'hockey tape' works great! It is a cloth, very water resistant tape used on grips/butts of hockey sticks. It is a clean way to finish your handle bar tape and performs very well in hot and wet road conditions. As it is cloth, it also has a good grip texture and never gets gooey', like electrical tape.
 

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Cerddwyr said:
I am getting ready to remove the rear brake on my Langster and reroute the front cable. The current tape is new, but the black tape used by the LBS to finish the wrap at the stem is slipping, leaving a sticky bit. I am wondering, do I just get regular electrical tape to finish off my wrap job, and there is a technique to avoid this? Or is there a better answer than electrical tape? I had thought about getting some black cloth bar tape. More expensive, but not a big deal, and I would have plenty left over for other projects.
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jmoryl said:
In my messing around with electronics I've noticed that heat shrink tubing covers a multitude of sins. From looking through catalogs I have found it is possible to get heat shrink in diameters greater than 1" - it seems like this would be nice to use for a neat, non-gummy termination to a handlebar wrap. Of course, you would need to put a couple short lengths on the bars prior to mounting the brake levers. I would try it but haven't found a convenient source for small quantities of the large diameter tubing.

Sometimes the most obvious: http://www.heatshrink.com
 

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I just wrapped a set of bars and used 3M Super88 electrical tape. It's thick and stretches well and leaves no residue. Super33+ is also good stuff; it's a little thinner than Super88 I think.

Another good solution might be self-fusing/self-amalgamating/self-vulcanizing tape.

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Finish the end of your wrap with black electrical tape and then trim it with thin width colored electrical tape. In my case my son is a Marine and I use these colors to honor him. Tough kid!

 

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Finish the end of your wrap with black electrical tape and then trim it with thin width colored electrical tape....
What you are likely using is a Scotch (3M) decorative tape. It is a plastic tape that most of us would call "electrical tape" but really it isn't.

It works great because it doesn't stretch.

That's all I use. I cut the end and make sure to NOT stretch it when finishing the end.

Problem is that I've only been able to find colors like green, white, blue and yellow. Black is impossible to find.

Typical electrial tape stretches too much and as one poster already said, when it gets hot, it comes loose and leaves sticky on your tape.
 

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I always use electrical tape, and yes, it does leave some sticky residu as it "recoils" a bit. To eliminate this, simply clean the sticky stuff off with mineral spirits or WD-40 after a week or so, after the tape has had a chance to move a bit. That should take care of most of it, perhaps you may have to re-clean it after a few months
 

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Why not just wrap the tape without electrical tape at all. I never use it.All I do is wrap my bar tape extremely tight and finish as the bottom of the bar and tuck it inside:
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The key is to use the correct type of electrical tape. I use the Scotch Super 88. Have not yet had one tape job come undone yet. Even use it on mine.
 

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Electrical tape.....3M vinyl. It is what has been used forever by pro mechanics and works great. As indicated, it comes in all colors.
 

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Cerddwyr said:
I am getting ready to remove the rear brake on my Langster and reroute the front cable. The current tape is new, but the black tape used by the LBS to finish the wrap at the stem is slipping, leaving a sticky bit. I am wondering, do I just get regular electrical tape to finish off my wrap job, and there is a technique to avoid this? Or is there a better answer than electrical tape? I had thought about getting some black cloth bar tape. More expensive, but not a big deal, and I would have plenty left over for other projects.
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By far the best tape for the cork tape ends is rigging tape that can be found at any marine store that caters to sailors. The adhesive is activated by stretching the tape and it will not come off once stretched and applied. You can only get it in white and black.
 

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Conventional wisdom is that wrapping from the stem to the end of the bar makes the tape edge face the wrong direction, especially on the tops. Your hand pressure is supposed to cause the tape to slip and gap or the edges to curl or fray. This may be true with tape that doesn't have an adhesive strip on the underside. I have half my bikes wrapped one way and half the other (4 total) and have done it both ways for decades. I use Deda bar tape and it has an adhesive strip. I've never had a problem with either way of wrapping. It's all good. One advantage to wrapping from the stem to the end of the bar is appearance. IMHO it looks cleaner and better without electrical or any other kind of finishing tape.
 

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Just wrap starting at the stem. If you use the good Fizik bar wrap it will not curl or unwrap. Nice clean look and no need for any e-tape.
 

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SwiftSolo said:
By far the best tape for the cork tape ends is rigging tape that can be found at any marine store that caters to sailors. The adhesive is activated by stretching the tape and it will not come off once stretched and applied. You can only get it in white and black.
That is pretty ironic, since I would never use that crap on a boat. Electrical tape only.:D
 

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I rapped my bars using electrical tape once and hated it. So I started rapping it from stem to bar end. Much cleaner and I think it looks better. Plus you get a second chance at it if you screw up. I have not had any issue with curling with Bontrager Gel Cork tape, even after 1500 miles.
 

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ahoeff said:
I rapped my bars using electrical tape once and hated it.
I rapped my bars too. From the B to the A to R to the stem, yo biatches got da shifters and I be holdin' them, etc. But I found they preferred classic rock.

You wrapped your whole bar in electrical tape? What did you use to finish the ends, cork tape?

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