Ritchey Pro Road Bar Tape
Top Features of the Ritchey Pro Road Bar Tape
A great feel and grippy bar tape.
- Available in a full range of colours.
Covering the needs of the full spectrum, from elite competitors to recreational riders, are our WCS, Pro and Comp lines. As technology and materials evolve, so does our product line, allowing us to bring you lighter, stronger parts that deliver category leading performance and value, from WCS Carbon through Comp.
About Bar Tape
Bar tape adds the finishing touches to your pride and joy, you can go for colour coded bar tape or even carbon fibre bar tape, but it's not there just to look good, it actually serves an important function by absorbing road vibration and providing a grippy surface for you to hold onto. Cork tapes offer high levels of road vibration absorption, to get even higher levels of comfort you can use gel pads under the tape on points of regular contact if needed.
About the Ritchey brand
Ritchey is well known for ingenious mountain bikes and parts, but Tom Ritchey was building world class road frames and rethinking every part of the road bike as early as 1974---long before mountain biking came along. After decades of refinement, Ritchey road components are the lightest, strongest and highest quality parts available, and race proven by top professional teams in the world's toughest pro races. Look for Ritchey components on team bikes in the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, World Championships and Spring Classics, as well as countless other races.
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2) There are two pieces of PVC tape. I assume these are to finish the inside end of the tape
3) what are the two pads with an adhesive strip for?
It is a pity the instructions ignore the above.
The PVC (Usually too short & poor quality) is for finishing the inner ends (I always use a wrap of insulating tape - available in most colours, waterproof, flexible & cheap!)
3) When wrapping bar tape you usually get a gap when you go around the brakes. These pieces are to cover that gap.
The two pads with an adhesive strip are to cover the underside of your break levers, ie. where the metal attachment secures the break lever to the bar. Often this bit is hard to cover just by wrapping the tape.
A2. Wrap the loose end closest to the headset. I used electrical tape instead.
A3. I think you mean the 2inch bits of bar tape (ribbon), they loop around the brake underside. ie, they conceal the fixing around the handlebar and cover any handlebar that doesn't get concealed with the ribbon when you're wrapping. Hope that helps. I also Youtube'd handlebar tape installation and that helped get the right fitting.
3) The two adhesive pads are to fill in the space behind your brake hoods.
Although you can do it without using them.
The two smaller pieces of tape (ribbon) are wrapped around the underside of the shifter body. Pull the shifter hoods forward and simply wrap the tape around the underside of the body covering the shifter bracket. Once the tape is wrapped around the bars / shifters you get a neat comfortable finish.
2. They are for 'finishing' the ribbon. Where you finish winding the ribbon on the inside of the bars, wrap the tape around for a nice look and to stop the ribbon unraveling.
3. The two pads are to go around the underside of your brake levers/shifters. You wind the ribbon over the top of them.
4. That fact you're asking these questions suggests it may be a good idea to go to your local bike shop and get them to show you how to do your bar tape; might be a lot safer 1st time around.
usually you'll receive a) two long strips of bar tape (henceforth called ribbon), two short strips of the same ribbon and two strips of black tape (like sellotape but usually black).
3) the two pads with adhesive strips, I assume are the short pieces of ribbon; these are to go halfway round the bars, behind the shifters
These go 3/4 of the way around the bar and touch the shifter housing at each end. This enables you to twist the ribbon around this complicated area, and change direction as you pass the shifters
2) & 1) yes - the tape will secure the end of the ribbon at the centre of the bar, by the stem.
Top tip: leave a good centimetre of tape overhanging the end of the bar so that when you come to put in the bar ends they have something to keep them in. I also find a dab of superglue on the tape helps to keep them in place.
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