How To Wrap Road Bike Handlebars

Road bike handlebars come in various shapes and sizes, and the best way to wrap them is to find a method that suits your riding style and bike setup. There are a few things to consider when wrapping your bars, such as the width of your bars, the thickness of your bar tape, and the type of grip you prefer. There are a few different ways to wrap your bars, but the most common is the over-under method. 

  • Remove the bike’s existing handlebar tape.
  • This can be done by carefully pulling it off, starting from one end and working your way around.
  • Clean the handlebars with a cloth and some rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or grime.
  • Cut your new handlebar tape to the appropriate length.
  • It should be long enough to wrap around the handlebars with a bit of overlap.
  • Start by wrapping the tape around the handlebars at the end closest to the stem.
  • Wrap it around a few times, making sure the tape is tight against the bars.
  • Continue wrapping the tape around the bars, working your way toward the other end.
  • When you reach the end, overlap the tape a bit and tuck it under the previous layer to secure it in place.
  • Cut off any excess tape and enjoy your new, freshly wrapped handlebars!

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Handlebar Wrap Direction

The first step is to choose the direction you want to wrap your handlebars. There are two options:

1. Wrap them from the outside in. 2. Wrap them from the inside out.

Which option you choose is entirely up to you! Some people prefer to wrap from the outside in because it’s a bit easier and faster. 

Others prefer to wrap from the inside out because it produces a neater and cleaner finish. Once you’ve chosen the direction you want to wrap your handlebars, it’s time to start! For this example, we’ll be wrapping from the outside in. 

1. Start by wrapping your handlebar around the handlebar’s outside.

2. Bring the wrap under the handlebars and up the other side.

3. Continue wrapping the handlebars until you reach the desired width. 

4. To secure the end of the wrap, use a small piece of tape or a cable tie.

And that’s it! You’ve now successfully wrapped your handlebars.

How Do You Wrap Handlebars Like A Pro?

If you want to give your handlebars a fresh look or protect them from the elements, then wrapping them is a great option. Wrapping handlebars is a relatively simple process, but there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind to do it like a pro.

First, you’ll need to measure the width of your handlebars. This will determine how many wraps you’ll need to buy.

Next, cut the wrap to size, leaving enough extra to tuck under the ends. Now it’s time to start wrapping.  Start at the end of the handlebar nearest the stem, and work your way around. Wrap tightly, but not too tight, and ensure that the wrap is evenly distributed. Once you reach the other end, tuck the excess wrap under the first layer and cut off any excess. 

Now repeat the process for the other handlebar, and you’re done! Your handlebars will now be protected and look great.

How to Wrap Handlebars for Road Bikes

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Wrapping your road bike handlebars is a simple process that only takes a few minutes to complete. Before you get started, you’ll need to gather a few supplies, including handlebar tape, a handlebar end plug, and electrical tape. Once you have everything you need, you can begin wrapping your handlebars by starting at the end closest to the stem. 

Wrap the tape around the handlebars in a clockwise direction, making sure to overlap each layer by about half an inch. When you reach the end of the handlebars, use the electrical tape to secure the end of the handlebar tape in place. Finally, insert the handlebar end plug into the end of the handlebars to complete the process.