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New bar grip

Postby Kitemenn » Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:41 pm

Hi Guys,

Have 2 old 2013 North Bars, but as many know the grip on those old bars is terrible and is now completely gone.

Tried to go through the search section but soooo many topics including grip and bar. Who has experience with this and what is the best/easiest solution to fix the grip on a North Bar

Talking about below bar:
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Thanks :thumb:

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Re: New bar grip

Postby BillyGoatGruff » Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:53 pm

Remove the old grip with heat (hair dryer) or using isotropic alcohol, clean the old glue residue off. I used hockey stick grip tape and it worked really well, you can use tennis racket grip tape or neoprene tape. For the ends of the bar and the centres wrap some self amalgamating tape around the ends, it stop them peeling back. No need to use any adhesive on the bar.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SPORTSTAPE-G ... SwKc5drZvJ
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Re: New bar grip

Postby sflinux » Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:26 pm

+1 for hockey tape

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Re: New bar grip

Postby Kitemenn » Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:32 am

BillyGoatGruff wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:53 pm
Remove the old grip with heat (hair dryer) or using isotropic alcohol, clean the old glue residue off. I used hockey stick grip tape and it worked really well, you can use tennis racket grip tape or neoprene tape. For the ends of the bar and the centres wrap some self amalgamating tape around the ends, it stop them peeling back. No need to use any adhesive on the bar.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SPORTSTAPE-G ... SwKc5drZvJ
Thanks Billie especially the remark on the self amalgamating tape! Going to do some online shopping :thumb:

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Re: New bar grip

Postby faklord » Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:45 am

Kitemenn wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:32 am
BillyGoatGruff wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:53 pm
Remove the old grip with heat (hair dryer) or using isotropic alcohol, clean the old glue residue off. I used hockey stick grip tape and it worked really well, you can use tennis racket grip tape or neoprene tape. For the ends of the bar and the centres wrap some self amalgamating tape around the ends, it stop them peeling back. No need to use any adhesive on the bar.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SPORTSTAPE-G ... SwKc5drZvJ
Thanks Billie especially the remark on the self amalgamating tape! Going to do some online shopping :thumb:
I’ve found self amalgamating tape deteriorates pretty fast. Don’t know whether it’s the UV or sea water (or both). Normal electrical insulating tape has lasted much better.
Also cycle handlebar tape works well as a cushioned covering. Available in lots of colours, so you can colour code left/right sides of bar.

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Re: New bar grip

Postby BillyGoatGruff » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:29 am

Use a marine self amalgamating tape:

https://www.gaelforcemarine.co.uk/en/gb ... -2756.aspx

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Re: New bar grip

Postby nothing2seehere » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:18 am

I found an old article about using windsurf grip boom tape but I struggled to get a good finish out of it so in the end I took it off again and went for the cork cycle bar in the end. The main tip is to wrap in the correct direction (I think its from the centre out from memory) so that when you grip the bar it effectively tightens the bar grip rather than loosening it.

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Re: New bar grip

Postby merl » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:58 am

nothing2seehere wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:18 am
I found an old article about using windsurf grip boom tape but I struggled to get a good finish out of it so in the end I took it off again and went for the cork cycle bar in the end. The main tip is to wrap in the correct direction (I think its from the centre out from memory) so that when you grip the bar it effectively tightens the bar grip rather than loosening it.
Good point. But it sounds like the direction you wrap (clockwise vs anti-clockwise) is the thing, not so much where you start the wrap, no?
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Re: New bar grip

Postby Kitemenn » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:01 am

Good stuff! thanks all!

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Re: New bar grip

Postby BillyGoatGruff » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:05 am

You need to cut the end of the new bar tape so it tapers to a point first, then start at the centre of the bar and work outwards. Overlap the tape in a diagonal pattern, basically the same as doing a hockey stick. After a few sessions the new grip will bed in. The key is the diagonal overlap, just like on bike handle bars, or a tennis racket. I rate the cloth hockey stick grip as it becomes really grippy after a few sessions and is partially self amalgamating.


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