Introduction

This is a basic step-by-step guide on how to replace handlebar tape on a bicycle. Whether the bar tape on your bike is ripped, worn-out, or just plain missing, this guide will allow you to replace the tape all by yourself!

Image 1/3: Depress the brake/shift levers (brifters) and insert a 5mm Allen key into the internal bolt. This bolt secures the brifters to the handlebar. Image 2/3: With the 5mm Allen key, loosen and temporarily remove brifters. Image 3/3: With the 5mm Allen key, loosen and temporarily remove brifters.
  • Undo the brake cables holding the brake calipers under tension.

  • Depress the brake/shift levers (brifters) and insert a 5mm Allen key into the internal bolt. This bolt secures the brifters to the handlebar.

  • With the 5mm Allen key, loosen and temporarily remove brifters.

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Image 1/3: Pour some rubbing alcohol on the rag and clean any old adhesive residue off the handlebar. Image 2/3: Pour some rubbing alcohol on the rag and clean any old adhesive residue off the handlebar. Image 3/3: Pour some rubbing alcohol on the rag and clean any old adhesive residue off the handlebar.
  • Remove the old tape and discard.

  • Pour some rubbing alcohol on the rag and clean any old adhesive residue off the handlebar.

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Image 1/3: Be sure to wrap the tape tight, but don't pull so hard that it rips! Image 2/3: Using the scissors, cut the tape at an angle towards the outside of the bar. Image 3/3: Wrap the loose end with either electrical tape or the adhesive piece provided with the handlebar tape (pictured here)
  • Starting on the right side of the handlebar, wrap the new tape around the end in a clockwise direction moving inward.

  • Be sure to wrap the tape tight, but don't pull so hard that it rips!

  • Using the scissors, cut the tape at an angle towards the outside of the bar.

  • Wrap the loose end with either electrical tape or the adhesive piece provided with the handlebar tape (pictured here)

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Image 1/3: Wrap tight, but don't rip! Image 2/3: Using the scissors, cut the tape at an angle towards the outside of the bar. Image 3/3: Wrap the loose end with either electrical tape or the adhesive piece provided with the handlebar tape (pictured).
  • On the left side of the handlebar, wrap the tape around the end in a counter-clockwise direction moving inward.

  • Wrap tight, but don't rip!

  • Using the scissors, cut the tape at an angle towards the outside of the bar.

  • Wrap the loose end with either electrical tape or the adhesive piece provided with the handlebar tape (pictured).

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  • Using the 5mm Allen key, reattach and tighten the brifter levers onto the handlebar.

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Image 1/2: Depress the brake levers a couple of times to test and confirm that the cables were reinstalled properly before riding. Image 2/2: Depress the brake levers a couple of times to test and confirm that the cables were reinstalled properly before riding.
  • Reattach the brake cables to the brifters and brake calipers

  • Depress the brake levers a couple of times to test and confirm that the cables were reinstalled properly before riding.

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