How To Change Bar Tape – Wrap Your Bars Like A Pro

How To Change Bar Tape – Wrap Your Bars Like A Pro


Wrap bar tape like a pro with Daniel Lloyd! Changing the handlebar tape on your road bike is something of an art, and we look at how to get it right.

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Making sure that your bike is comfortable is important, and new bar tape can really help to improve the comfort on your hands, be it simply a single layer or even going for a double layer or gel pads Roubaix style! Not only can you improve the comfort, you can also make your bike look a lot sharper too!

Changing bar tape for comofort or style is though something that most cyclists will have to do at some point in their cycling careers, and it has a reputation as one of the trickiest and most awkward tasks going. Here we look at how to do it like the pros do with GCN’s own Daniel Lloyd.

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98 Comments on "How To Change Bar Tape – Wrap Your Bars Like A Pro"


  1. Ah right. I wondered why Brooks had two small strips of leather in with the long strips, it's for the back of the brake lever thingies (sorry I'm new to cycling)

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  2. I used this guide last time I changed my bar tape. Just came back for a refresher now the tape is due for replacement. Great instructions. Thank you.

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  3. It's sad that you can not reel in wrapping correctly and yet presenting it to the public.
    The lower part wrong, upside well!!!!

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  4. Britains roads are so bad now, i will have to use special elastomer pads with my tape. I play guitar and really DONT need numb hands in my 40s.
    I'm telling you, the roads are apalling and that's what, 7 or 8 years now.

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  5. There seem to be an inconsistency between Dan's video and Simon's about double wrapping. Is it best to go towards or away from the bike as you come over the top of the bar when wrapping?

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  6. sorry but this is the worse video… have no idea what is going on… need to zoom out and actually show whats going on… dont mean to be a jerk but there are a ton of these videos and a bunch of different opinions on how and if you watch them all this one really is the worse. bad camera angles and doesn't show the best idea on how to hand around the brakes handles

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  7. I'm not claiming to bar tape like a pro but this is an average job at best, not to mention poor tutorial skills. Anti-clockwise for left side and clockwise for right, right? As it is quite easy to cut the wrong way at the top when finishing the job, (possibly leaving your tape too short and therefor ruined) pay extra attention at that point. Just saying…

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  8. Easy tip to remember the direction of the tape is to always wrap to the outside of the bars on both sides. Your hands twist to the outside of the bars when in the drops, the same direction as your fingers grab the bar. You have 4 fingers going to the outside and 1 thumb to the inside ( 4 fingers put more pressure and twist than 1 thumb ). It's the same with anything you grab with your hands ( steering wheel, hammer, jack handle, sword etc. ). I'm not a bio mechanical engineer but i'm pretty sure that is correct.

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  9. Also crossing the tape behind the shifters is easier, wraping it above the shifter, then below, then continue to wrap toward the top. Feels more natural to me. In fact I broke the tape doing it the "normal" way. Maybe you can even get rid of the little 2'' piece this way.

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  10. Real men use the harlequin wrap method 🙂

    Note – I am not a real man. I do what everyone else does 🙁

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  11. Hi guys…..looking at doing my first bar tape change (relatively new to cycling here), and I LOVE all your videos. In this one, and the pro mechanic one, you both start wrapping inwards (anti-clockwise on the right, and clockwise on the left), however anywhere I've read, it has said to do the opposite, due to the direction of torque and pressure when using the bike, and thus to avoid unwrapping etc.

    Could you please advise if there is a real importance to the direction of wrapping, or is this just being pedantic? (I know not to go from tops to drops though!)

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  12. Now show us how to bar tape two cables – is it best to have one each side or have the two together or anywhere in between?

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  13. what if you're using Sella italia smootape? No overlap, I can't find any info or a video on how to do it anywhere!

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  14. The Sad thing is I lost my bar plug on the left it isn't that important but it looks weird on the right one only.

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  15. Seems like the wrap was started backwards. Wondering if perhaps DanL might have had a few "mineral waters" prior to this shoot? All kidding aside….you guys are great. Keep it up.

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  16. Great video. Today was my first solo effort at installing the bar tape and this video made it very easy and self explanatory.

    Thank you!

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  17. I need advice should I make my next bar tape colour white yes or no you decided

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  18. Man, I miss short videos on YT. You have to pay attention though, the camera angle changes a few times so you have to reorient. Like 1:50 it goes form the left bar to the right bar. If you don't catch the shift, it looks wrong. To get the direction right – from the bottom side of either tube, the tape and roll goes away from the frame, then up, then back towards the frame and around.

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  19. And of course I just taped my bars tonight and wish I watched this………. 🙁
    Why not save weight and tape your hands?

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  20. Short, sweet, excellent! Thank you very much! Now all the pieces that came with the tape make sense. Wrapped one side and it came out pretty neat, though i would've wished the tape would go a little further. Maybe i'll buy another kit and continue it. How well it stays in practice remains to be seen, but it looks good. Time to put it through it's paces then!

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  21. Just done mine for the first time, this video has helped a lot. Will soon find out if I done a good enough job once I got out on a ride 😂👊

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  22. The top of the tape must be wraped in the other direction, since the way the video showed it must go loose cause it is not against the force you must apply when you using it.

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  23. I like the GCN videos but this one is not detailed enough to be of value to serious road cyclists. It completely ignores the importance of wrap direction or of switching direction at the brake/shift levers to accomodate for the different pressure riders place on the bars. Check out the Park Tools video for more information- https://youtu.be/5MzIiv7pewE

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  24. Just a note to add, before you insert the end plugs it's worth warming the tape up with a hairdryer – this makes it softer and more flexible and allows you to get a tighter wrap around the bar edge.

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  25. I’m going to make a video called “How to wrap bar tape like a dumb asshole”. I’ll never learn!

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  26. Brak informacji o długości produktu. Osobiście zawijam od strony mostka i uważam to za istotną wzmiankę.
    P-m Endriu.

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  27. The translation of this title to Spanish says "How to get your handlebar pregnant"

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  28. Seems hilarious to use good ol' electrical tape at the end. I'm suprised there's isn't a more bike specific product.

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  29. Get cycling tape for beginners https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F143409679955

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  30. totally screwed up my first job, took it all off and reused it for practice (it looks like crap but i think i did it right so at least i've kinda figured it out), and i have some brand new tape on its way so i can do it right once and for all and make it look perfect

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  31. Well done, even with trose cheat strips 👍
    Glad to see you are wrapping in the proper direction as well 😉

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