It was a very simple job and I'm super-pleased with the results. Please note that I reverse-wrapped the bars, from the top backwards. This avoided the VERY unsightly black electrical tape. Soak the tape in a pan of water first. It stretches to comfort with the bars quite nicely. It then shrinks and tightens on the bars, and the start of the tape on the reverse wrap seems like it's not going ANYWHERE, so I'll be shocked it it gets look. One proviso on that though is that I only ride in dry weather. If you are caught in a rainstorm it's possible that it might get loose. But where I live in California we only get seasonal rain and I stay in during precipitation events. It tucked into the bar ends easily after some judicious trimming with scissors. I got the bullwhip braided version as well, but am not certain about my abilities at wind wrapping the top bar terminals by the stem.
These are gorgeous, and I know they will get more gorgeous with patina! I couldn’t stand to finish them with tape (as per instructions), so I didn’t—they’ve been just fine tightly tucked in and capped with bar plugs. Even better since I know I can use them again and again. A 10/10 addition to my bike; so glad my LBS talked me into them.
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