How to Wrap Handlebars for Road Bikes

How to Wrap Handlebars for Road Bikes

Calvin Jones directs a complete walkthrough of wrapping road bars with bar tape. Includes wrap direction, getting past the brake lever, and taping the end, as well as some advanced tips for a professional finish.

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Video contents:
00:43 Tools Needed
01:07 Prep Work
03:43 Wrapping Process – Getting Started
06:10 Wrapping Process – Getting Past the Lever
09:03 Wrapping Process – Finishing the Wrap
11:09 Advanced Techniques

➤ Tools & materials used:
• Repair Stand –
• HBH-2 Handlebar Holder –
• SZR-1 Scissors –
• UK-1 Utility Knife –
• HMR-4 Shop Hammer –
• Handlebar Tape
• Finishing Pieces
• End Plugs
• Strapping tape to hold down housing (such as fiber tape)
• Finishing Tape (such as electrical tape)

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  1. Killer1922 on June 27, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for the tip at 12:17! I really needed it as my wrapping constantly tends to move under load despite being wrapped correctly. Using this technique I’m finally able to ride my bicycle without this issue.

  2. MEHUL GANDHI on June 27, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I was pretty much affraid of non-adhesive tapes before buying it. With this video I’m now confident enough of handling it well.

    Also, the direction of wrapping the tape is something I have come across quite new to me & realized it is the real key in this technique.

    Thanks for making this video.
    I conclude that the direction of wrapping is the real key which you taught in this video.

    Thanks much.

  3. Viggo Bauman on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks! My bars on my Italian baby look fantastico!

  4. Jigglypuff on June 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    That’s a Wrap!

  5. Yavana !? on June 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I’m beginner cycling, so I decided to start with a fixie!? Any advice!?

  6. Anthony Escarcega on June 27, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Great video!! Thank you. Worked perfect.

  7. željko šimić on June 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Did the same thing with tape but after few months tape always moves and reveals the handlebar, specially during summer and intensive rides. Sewing leather grips I find as much better solution for problems related to handlebar grips/tapes.

  8. Yard Sale Dale on June 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I like pushing about 6” of wrap tape into the bar to start. If the tape must be re wrapped for brake lever adjustment , or swap, it leaves extra to make sure it’s not too short.

  9. Stephen Hisel on June 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    With as much padding as you want and a 2 dollar roll of grip tape

  10. Daniel on June 27, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for still showing the other methods around the shifter even though you don’t like em as much. I figured the figure of 8 is indeed bulkier but it works much better on my handlebar/shifter combination.

  11. midoriya izuku on June 27, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Whats that handlebar?

  12. Westin Carpaccio on June 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    This was extremely useful and a well executed demo. This was clear what needed to happen and why. I also liked that several techniques were shown. I had never thought there was different ways to do it. Thank you so much!

  13. DBDConnect on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Watching this guy is like watching an artist painting a beautiful piece of artwork.

  14. Just Jordan on June 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I’m done I was doing everything exactly as the tutorial, then my Band just snapped …. well darn what to do now … I just continued warping and put some tape over the snapped location. Looks like shit but guess don’t stretch the tape TOO much is also a good tip.

  15. Nekotikva on June 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    You are a master!!!!

  16. Boh on June 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Total Frank Zappa

  17. Fester Blats on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    And you wrap it the wrong way. Absolutely useless video.

  18. Ville Heikkinen on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Im watching this video for like the 5th time in the last year. Not because i need the help, but because this is a really well made video and Calvins voice and explanation of things is wonderful

  19. bobcho093 on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for this lesson! I had to do it for the first time and following your steps helped me do a pretty good job.

  20. Sebastian Beyer on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    is a spacer tower above the stem good or not? ive read that some bike manufactures forbid that .maybe you can make a video for stemping etc.

  21. tahurl smart on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Park tool make everything complicated 🤦🏾‍♂️

  22. Prometheus on June 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    His "preferred" less bulky technique looks more bulky than the figure 8 version. Also, if you do the figure 8 method properly, you don’t need that extra piece of tape.

  23. james dacus on June 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    is finishing tape just electric tape?

  24. Jon Taylor on June 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    A craftsman at work. Amazingly informative and clear.

  25. JM Gamora on June 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    This is actually the lesson proper of how to put bar tape efficiently and properly. This video is very good, explained the mechanics by detailed and reasons behind it.

  26. Coffee Jack on June 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Now i can finally change out that Frankenstein tape-job that was done by the previous owner of my bike.
    He had some black wrap as a base layer but then he went berserk and covered everything in black electrical tape.
    Just terrible grip feeling!. (what she said)..
    Also found remnants of sand mixed in with it all and i spend probably 30 -45 minutes to tear it all off.

  27. John Gabriel Lorenzo on June 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Who watches but never do it

  28. Ken A on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Bullshit…….. I’ve been riding and building bikes for OVER 30 years and have ALWAYS wrapped my bars from the top down and have NEVER had ANY problems. Wrapping from the top down takes more skill and talent…. you have to pre-stretch the wrap and know how to handle the material. Wrapping from the top down yields a better wrap but takes more skill.

  29. migster85 on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Does anyone know what blue bar tape is being used in the video? I’d like to get some.

  30. pliccut on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    All I can say is WOW! 👍

  31. Stevey TeeVee on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    If you’re scared about wrapping your bars, just don’t take the paper off the adhesive backing on your bar tape. Pressure from the bar plug and electrical tape/brand tape it comes with at the top will be enough to hold it there. And you can wrap and unwrap as much as you want, without having your bar tape getting all screwed up from doing and undoing, if it’s not neat enough for you. The adhesive on bar tape really isn’t needed.

  32. Kunal Patel on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm


  33. Jouni Leander on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    What a legend! The best bicycle service tutorial I’ve ever seen.

  34. Thomas Wiemann on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Nice mate 😍🤩👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  35. Manav Solanki on June 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Why is park tool blue ??

  36. Yard Sale Dale on June 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Merx style is good if you hate finishing tape. Just pay attention to directions and use 3m spray adhesive.

  37. Tian boi on June 27, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Bob Ross of cycling

  38. John Brigan on June 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I had never done this before, and it turned out great. Very good video. I’m still trying to figure out why 455 people gave it a "thumbs down". LOL.

  39. PAULI WILSON on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Best diy bar wrap video

  40. Nathan Shapter on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    This was actually a really informative and enjoyable video for me. I and my friend are also documenting our trip from Toronto to Miami in a bid to save the planet! If you have some time you should definitely check out my channel, and subscribe! And make sure to leave a comment so I know you enjoyed it! 🙂

  41. phorest on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    One thing you didn’t address, Calvin, is with the preferred [final] method of wrapping around the lever body and reversing the direction is that the notch the little ‘lug’ on the inside of the hood is supposed to sit in is now completely covered with tape. I have a possible fix – after wrapping, coat just the outer edge of the lug with the black pen, then quickly fold the hood back into position, then fold it away again. Now the ink will have transferred to the tape and you can cut a small notch in the tape for the lug to grab onto.

  42. Mauro Locatelli on June 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Need to grow moustache 🙂 great video sir

  43. Altair Lúcio on June 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Não entendi nada que esse maluco falou

  44. ali kartal on June 27, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    You are the god of bicycles

  45. se7ensnakes on June 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Method 3 8:17

  46. jontymo on June 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Brilliant, now I know why I have gaps in the tops!!!!

  47. Jon G on June 27, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you for all of your videos. I took a bike (Cannondale R500 2.8 Aluminum) that had significant sentimental value to me to a local bike shop, they told me they couldn’t fix it, and wanted me to buy a new bike. With your videos, I was able to do a complete disassembly and put it back together with new parts. It works great now, and I am happy. Thank you.

  48. Alexander Rief on June 27, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    “Calvin Johnes here, Park Tool company.” => upvoted.👍🏽

  49. Tim A on June 27, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Very nicely filmed and explained. Thank you.

  50. Edwin Rust on June 27, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    That was beautiful! Thank you Calvin!