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Harlequin bar wrap possible with EVA tape?

Old 09-28-23, 02:25 AM
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Harlequin bar wrap possible with EVA tape?

Hi all, if this isn't the right subforum, please point me in the right direction.

I'm trying to wrap my drop bars with the harlequin pattern using this tutorial:

I'm strugglebussing big time. No matter what I do, it doesn't lay flat. Some edges are too loose and lift up in spots or it puckers where the two colors meet. This occurs even more once I start reaching the bends. I've read that I should ideally use cloth tape or other tape that can really stretch, however all I have is EVA tape (https://www.amazon.com/Alien-Pros-Bi...dp/B07RDHL11Z/). Buying new tape kits is not an option at this time.

Is this pattern even possible with the tape that I have? If so, what tips can you provide? Thank you in advance.

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I was able to do the pattern using tape about that thick. The start was the hard part. I ended up taping the start at the bottom and the finish. Made for a thicker more comfortable tape job.

I did have to stretch the tape quite a bit to keep it even.

I see your tape is 0.11 inch (2.8mm) thick. Iíll have to check mine. I think it was 2mm.

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It might be possible but it is not designed for that and will likely give you problems. It is doable with cloth tape as that is thin tape and works nicely. If you are trying to do a three color wrap you need four colors (I found that out the hard way).

If you want to do with the cheapie tape you have go for it and live with it not looking good but I would honestly just wrap it normally and then save up a little money (like $14 or $28 for a 3 color wrap) and get some Newbaums tape. Or really I would just buy the Newbaums tape and wait a little bit of time to get to you and then do the harlequin wrap as you want and save that other tape for later.
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