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So we found the young tacker a bike. He is as happy as a pig in mud! The grip tape needs replacing. I'll have a look on YouTube and see if this is something I can do. 99 Bikes wants $30 to do it, not including the tape. 

But my question is, what tape do I get? He's not trying to KQ just yet, so do we just go with the cheap stuff? It ranges from $14-54

 https://www.99bikes.com.au/nsearch/?q=Grip+tape#?q=Grip+tape&keywords=Grip+tape&sort_by_field=Price+Low+to+High&search_return=all&res_per_page=72

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Yes very easy via YouTube tutorial. Go cheap so when you muck it up you're not too out of pocket.. maybe use the money saved to buy a helmet? 

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Go cheap and do it yourself. It's quite easy. Watch it once and you'll be set for life. 

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13 minutes ago, pieman said:

Yes very easy via YouTube tutorial. Go cheap so when you muck it up you're not too out of pocket.. maybe use the money saved to buy a helmet? 

I know. Don't worry. I was up him!

Thanks!!

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Lizard skin is great tape but too exxy if you swap it out often so I ended up using a wiggle “lifeline” brand equivalent. 

Something like

https://www.wiggle.com.au/lifeline-professional-anti-slip-bar-tape/

people are right it’s easy to get it ok, it’s a bit tricky to get it “good” and there is an art to getting it “pro” 

but Ok is fine for all but the super fussy. 

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And put the bars on properly. They look ridiculous, would be so uncomfortable, and would be downright dangerous to try to control properly.

 

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I got the black BBB stuff and did it myself.

Second half was better turns than the first, but I lacked consistency of direction.

Still, it didn't come apart on me in the first few weeks, so that's a bonus.

My tip, leave a bit more tape than you think overlapping the end of the bar at the start

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I use Lizard Skin 2.5 but not something to cut your teeth on learning to wrap. I serviced a mate’s bike recently and wanted to keep it cheap. I found some Lifeline stuff in Wiggle which seemed pretty good.

Remember to go opposite ways on each side ( right clockwise, left anti clockwise). I don’t use figure 8 because it looks shite on modern bars with thicker tape ( looks great on old school bars).

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Jump on bikebug. They have a decent range. 

Should you have said "asking for a friend" aka asking for Cranky Dazz

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I always just pay the $30 & get it done at the shop. My OCD would drive me nuts on a long ride looking down at the tape if it wasn’t perfect,

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4 minutes ago, Bored@work said:

I always just pay the $30 & get it done at the shop. My OCD would drive me nuts on a long ride looking down at the tape if it wasn’t perfect,

Then do it perfect. :)

If you have OCD it shouldn't be too hard.

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20 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Then do it perfect. :)

If you have OCD it shouldn't be too hard.

Ok I’m a lazy shit & can’t be assed doing it myself 

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You know you have a triathlon problem when you take a bike repair stand away on a caravan holiday!

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5 hours ago, willie said:

Jump on bikebug. They have a decent range. 

Should you have said "asking for a friend" aka asking for Cranky Dazz

 Ha ha.  No I'm going to have a go at this! 😥

4 hours ago, Ironnerd said:

You know you have a triathlon problem when you take a bike repair stand away on a caravan holiday!

Lol. Dazz is travelling back for work some days so he picked it up then. 

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Some Jiff kitchen cleaner would have fixed the white tape (just saying), the other thing is kitchen/baby wipes. I have some white tape on my roady (OEM) that has been there for 4 years.

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On 16/04/2019 at 7:30 PM, willie said:

I've done worse... go cranky! 

Wanna do mine? 

Sure. Bring your bike next time your in town 😊

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