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    Best handlebar Wrap jobs - post your pics

    I saw this on reddit and i just had to share. Im trying to figure out how they wrapped the bars, it would look so good on my bike.

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    Look at the chain stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinrm View Post
    I saw this on reddit and i just had to share. Im trying to figure out how they wrapped the bars, it would look so good on my bike.
    Here's how to do it with two colors. Harlequin Pattern Handlebar Wrap
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    That complicated pattern looks like it it is premade (started out as a quilt) and then just slipped onto the bar and then the levers are put on the bar followed by an actual tape job on the lower bar. Just my opinion.
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    It's called "Fred" Tape. Just google it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumbyman View Post
    That complicated pattern looks like it it is premade (started out as a quilt) and then just slipped onto the bar and then the levers are put on the bar followed by an actual tape job on the lower bar. Just my opinion.
    Yes, if you look near the brake hood, the wrinkles make it look like some kind of "sock" over the handlebars.

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    Nice play on a harlequin wrap. Very tough to do with anything other than cloth tape.

    If I recall correctly, some people used to wrap that way and then clear coat it to make sure it stayed pretty.

    And no, it's not a premade "sock" that they stuck over the bar....
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    Quote Originally Posted by robdamanii View Post
    Nice play on a harlequin wrap. Very tough to do with anything other than cloth tape.

    If I recall correctly, some people used to wrap that way and then clear coat it to make sure it stayed pretty.

    And no, it's not a premade "sock" that they stuck over the bar....
    OK, I guess they just wrapped it a little loose in a couple of spots.

    Kudos for people putting the time in do achieve such results though.

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    WAAYY too much effort. I have a hard enough time changing my white bartape out when it starts looking less than white.

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    I've seen locals with 2 colors done in that style, but for the life of me, I can't see how it can be done with 3 colors and come out with that pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robdamanii View Post
    Nice play on a harlequin wrap. Very tough to do with anything other than cloth tape.

    If I recall correctly, some people used to wrap that way and then clear coat it to make sure it stayed pretty.

    And no, it's not a premade "sock" that they stuck over the bar....
    Back in the day, the harlequin wrap tape of choice was super thin plastic Benotto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinrm View Post
    I saw this on reddit and i just had to share. Im trying to figure out how they wrapped the bars, it would look so good on my bike.

    You set the bar too high for the rest of us =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetmugg View Post
    I've seen locals with 2 colors done in that style, but for the life of me, I can't see how it can be done with 3 colors and come out with that pattern.

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    The reason you cant figure out how to do it with three colors is because it is done with 4.

    1 - White
    1 - Red
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    It's difficult to notice in the picture but I think the seat may be too high.
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    That's exactly how I would do my bike......












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    pardon the instagram'd filter.....
    i love that Cinelli Cork tape!
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinrm View Post
    I saw this on reddit and i just had to share. Im trying to figure out how they wrapped the bars, it would look so good on my bike.


    So does anyone know how this was done, I have an understanding of how to do the two color version, but 3 colors has got me guessing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXRR View Post
    So does anyone know how this was done, I have an understanding of how to do the two color version, but 3 colors has got me guessing.
    Man it still looks like a sock to me. The red doesn't look the identical color as the red tape below and the texture looks different and fuzzy.

    But I found another example on Flickr:



    There's a brief description of how to do it in the comments, you could probably ask the pic owner too and they might tell you.

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    It does look a lot better than the two-color versions, IMHO.

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    I wonder if the owner gets beat up much.

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    That looks pretty cool - gotta try it!

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    you're gonna get beat up

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    It's not a sock. My co-worker who is 55 did it to his custom Serotta but only with 2 colors, red and white. I used to do that pattern with fat shoe laces when I was 10 years old breakdancing in 1985
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    Quote Originally Posted by metoou2 View Post
    you're gonna get beat up
    What, by some other outcast in spandex, fingerless gloves, and a helmet? Didn't realize there was such a hierarchy to looking stupid.

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    relax..................I'm just having a bit of a joke

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