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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!

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.
  • 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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Remove the old tape and discard. Pour some rubbing alcohol on the rag and clean any old adhesive residue off the handlebar. 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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. Using the 5mm Allen key, reattach and tighten the brifter levers onto the handlebar.
  • Using the 5mm Allen key, reattach and tighten the brifter levers onto the handlebar.

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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.
  • 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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