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    Taping handlebars w/ bar-cons?

    Although this question is for my road bike (though it is old and will have fatter tires), I figured there are enough of ya'll running dirt drops or mustache bars with bar-cons around here.

    When I threw a set of mustache bars on my road bike, I started wrapping from the tips of the bar, like I normally do with regular drop bar, but I found that it didn't work too nearly with the bar-cons and shifter housing I was running along the bottom side of the bars. Is it better to start wrapping from the inside of the bar and then use finishing tape (i.e. electrical tape) to wrap the tape up around the bar-cons? Or, is it better to start by the bar-con and work your way inward? Also, a picture is worth 1000 words, so Im sure a good pic would help me figure it out just as well. Thanks.

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    I've had no trouble doing this. I use electrical tape to secure the cable housing to the bar, and then start wrapping from the barcans forward.

    However, with moustache bars, I've found that running the tape this way might not be the best for me. I seem to slide my hands forward on the ends of the bar, and roll the tape up (it's not an issue on drop bars). Next re-wrap, I'll probably start in the center of the bar and roll toward the barcons to see if that works better.

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    Yes, For Moustache Bars...

    I find the tape job lasts longer if you start at the center and work towards the end just as Laffeaux mentioned.
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    That makes sense, but either way you go, do you find it better to tape the h-bar tape to the bar cons or try to stuff the tape in the ends of the bars along with the bar-cons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerboy
    That makes sense, but either way you go, do you find it better to tape the h-bar tape to the bar cons or try to stuff the tape in the ends of the bars along with the bar-cons?
    So far I've only started at the barcon. I start the tape at the very end of the bar, but not on the barcon. I do one full loop with the tape at the end of the bar, and then start heading up the bar.

    This is what it looks like:

    <img src="https://www.eandsweb.com/bikes/pics/mtbr/114_1423.JPG">

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