A tip on wrapping your bars.


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Brutuskend

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 3, 2011
753
750
Eugene / Springfield Oregon
#1
Buy some 1 inch heat shrink and cut a couple of pieces about 1 1/2 long, remove your brake levers and slide the heat shrink on then re install your levers, wrap your bars and instead of taping to finish use just enough tape to keep the ends from unraveling then slip the heat shrink over the ends and heat. No unraveling, no sticky tape residue and a nice clean finish!
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,766
5,515
Bulverde, TX
#2
my buddy has been doing that forever - he even found blue shrink tubing to use on his daughter's project '85 Shogun
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but twine wraps are worth the effort because the result is classy
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this bar has 8 twine wraps
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also used as spacers between the controls
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turn down the volume on this video, and twine wraps start at 2:38
 
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Duchess

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 14, 2014
553
987
Beverly, MA
#3
I like the shrink wrap idea for a newer bike where the twine doesn't look right, though I reverse-wrapped my newer road bike so that there's no visible finisher as the dead end is secured with the bar plug.
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,766
5,515
Bulverde, TX
#5
The key to getting bar wrap really right is disconnect the hooded brake levers from their mounting clamp - can use tape to keep the clamp band in the right place on the bars - and reinstall the levers after the wrap is done.
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3-speeder

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 26, 2017
327
603
Lansing, MI, United States
#6
I hate wrapping handlebars I always seem to get one side perfect and then goof up on the other side. However I am a fan of the twine finish with some shellac.
Hah! That's what happens to me too! The second side always goes better, I should start there. Hah! :tonguewink:
 

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