Friday, October 21, 2011

Harlequin Wrapped Bar Tape

I saw a harlequin bar taping design online and thought I'd try the same thing on my bike.  I've never wrapped bar tape but know it's a tension deal.  If your tape isn't tight enough, it will fall off while cycling.  I must have weak hands because I spent 3 hours trying to get this design to work by wrapping the tape under/over and keeping the tension the same but it's still not right.   It's still not bad for a first attempt.  Well, try about 6 times on each side to make them equal but the finished look is pretty sweet.

I didn't know how to finish the bar ends and to make it all nice and pretty so I called up my LBS to see if they had time.  The guy said yes and to bring it up.  He loved the harlequin design but said it wasn't tight enough and that this kind of tape makes the design nearly impossible to stay on correctly.  Darn.  I really wanted this, but he very sweetly wrapped it up in the red bar tape.  It was previously wrapped in white so nice burst of red color makes it fun.

Go figure.  I felt totally in the way the past few visits but today we talked shop and how to wrap tape.  Maybe I'm far more paranoid than I realize even though I try hard not to be that way.


Rashida Khanbhai said...

Don't know much about bikes, but the red and white looks great on the bike handles.


Karla Hartzog said...

Wicked cool, Bethany! It reminds me of shark bites!