How to Install Profile Design Bar Wrap


Profile Design bar wrap is a brand of bicycle handlebar tape that wraps over the parts of the handlebar on which the hands come into contact. The wrap is composed of a combination of real and synthetic cork. Handlebar wrap offers cushioning and grip for the hands when riding the bicycle. A package of Profile Design bar wrap includes two roles of wrap, two smaller pieces of wrap, adhesive tape and two bar end plugs. Each side of the handlebar uses one roll of wrap. Installation of the wrap is identical for both sides of the handlebar.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Scrape any old bar tape adhesive from the handlebar, using either your fingernail or a soft, thin-bladed object. Avoid using anything metallic, which could damage the handlebar.

  • Peel both brake hoods forward, away from the bicycle. The hoods are the rubber grips atop each brake lever.

  • Grab one roll of Profile Design handlebar wrap. Partially peel away the adhesive backing on the backside of the wrap. Choose either side of the handlebar to wrap first.

  • Place the end of the Profile Design wrap against the bottom of the end of the handlebar. Position the wrap so that the adhesive is touching the bar, with the edge of the wrap hanging off.

  • Wrap in a counterclockwise direction, over the bar and toward the bicycle. Keep tension on the wrap as it's overlapped. Overlap each wrap by one-third of the width of the wrap. Remove the adhesive backing as you go along.

  • Release the wrap momentarily once you arrive at the base of the brake lever. Grab one of the short pieces of wrap included in the Profile Design bar wrap package. Remove the adhesive backing.

  • Place the short piece of wrap over the metal brake lever clamp. The clamp should be visible now that the brake hood has been peeled forward.

  • Continue wrapping around the handlebar. Pass the wrap over and around the base of the brake lever.

  • Wrap the top, flat-portion of the handlebar with the wrap going over the bar, toward the rider. As before, maintain tension on the wrap to keep gaps from forming.

  • Determine where you want the wrap to end. The decision is based on personal preference. In general, wrap any section of the top of the handlebar where the hands might normally be placed.

  • Wrap twice past the desired end point. Mark the end point on the wrap with scissors.

  • Cut the mark at a sharp angle on the side of the bar facing the bicycle.

  • Use the included adhesive tape to secure the tape to the bar.

  • Push the other end of the wrap into the hollow at the end of the handlebar. Stuff the bar end plug into the hollow.

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