How to Build a Road Bike #15 Installing Bar Tape

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To see Step 1, Installing your Bottom Bracket, click here.
To see Step 2, Installing your Crankset and Pedals, click here.
To see Step 3, Installing your Fork, Stem, and Handlebar, click here.
To see Step 4, Hanging your Derailleurs, click here.
To see Step 5, Installing your Saddle, click here.
To see Step 6, Installing your Shifters, click here.
To see Step 7, Installing your Cassette and Wheels, click here.
To see Step 8, Mounting your Brakes, click here.
To see Step 9, Aligning your Rear Derailleur, click here.
To see Step 10, Cutting and Installing your Chain, click here.
To see Step 11, Installing Cables and Housing, click here.
To see Step 12, Connecting your Brake Cables, click here.
To see Step 13, Connecting the Rear Derailleur Cable, click here.
To see Step 14, Connecting the Front Derailleur Cable, click here.
Step 15 – Installing Your Bar Tape
What You Need

  • Scissors
  • Handlebar Tape
  • Handlebar End Plugs
  • Electrical Tape
Before You Get Started
  • Handlebar tape comes in a variety of textures and colors.  Be sure to ask your local bike shop about what type of handlebar tape would best suit you.  
  1. Begin by taping your cables into place with electrical tape (see Figure 1).
Figure 1

1.  Cover your shifter clamps with a small piece of handlebar tape (usually provided with your bar tape and already cut to length) (see Figure 2).

Figure 2

2.  Beginning wrapping the bar tape around the end of the handlebar.  Make sure to pull it tight (see Figure 3).

Figure 3

3.  Be sure to get full coverage around the shifters.  Note:  Watch the video for additional information.

4.  Finish by taping the end of the handlebar tape with electrical tape (see Figure 4).
Figure 4

5.  Roll your hoods back (see Figure 5).

Figure 5

6.  Install your bar end plugs (see Figure 6).

Figure 6

7.  You now have properly installed handlebar tape.

This completes the installation of your bar tape.
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