Should I double-wrap my bars?

by sponging-machine   November 21, 2009  

Had my road bike for nearly a year and I still get sore hands after a while riding, so I got some gel-tape.

I was pondering sticking it over the top of my existing tape for extra cushioning. My hands are also enormous (most xxl gloves are too small) and I was thinking it may improve ergonomics in that area too.

Is this normal practice, or will I just end up wasting my shiny new tape?

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I often double wrap my bars cause i've got hands like spades too. never did me any harm. my one proviso would be that on some ergo bars with big flat sections on the top, two layers of tape can make the tops too big even for my paws.

give your current tape a really good clean and degrease it too if you can, cause all those oils off your hands will stop the new tape sticking so well

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7379 posts]
22nd November 2009 - 10:20


Hadn't thought about degreasing the existing tape, so a top-tip there. Many thanks.

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posted by sponging-machine [108 posts]
22nd November 2009 - 13:21

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may be a bit obvious but have you thought about changing your position on the bike?. it could be that you are just to far forward on the bars and need to reposition yourself, so as to balance the weight evenly between saddle and bars...worth a try before you start double wrapping everything. Thinking

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
22nd November 2009 - 21:57

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How about getting some of the gel pads that go under the tape as well or are you already using these?

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posted by ctznsmith [102 posts]
23rd November 2009 - 10:57


Bradley Wiggins double-wraps his bars, so you definitely should.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1344 posts]
26th November 2009 - 17:02

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Really? Honestly.. what's the point in turning yourself into a twig if you then double wrap your bars? There must be at least, what, 40 seconds up Ventoux there? There's your podium right there, Bradley. Tsk.


posted by Hibbs [7 posts]
26th November 2009 - 18:08


Sorry, double post. And it wasn't really very funny first time.

posted by Hibbs [7 posts]
26th November 2009 - 18:09

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posted by Hibbs [7 posts]
26th November 2009 - 18:10

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Hi - as fringe says, your position may need tweaking a little. I chnaged my pos' on the road bike this year as i was getting backache after 2/3 hours. I also double taped the bars & what a difference! I just double taped the "flats" top section of the bars & fitted some gel under the tape just behind the brake levers (Campag) - with a slight tilt to the saddle it was like riding a different bike. M

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posted by Bretagne [5 posts]
1st December 2009 - 23:03

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