Reader Ronan converted a bike recently and in an attempt to save some money, ended up using tape for handlebar tape. I might want to contact Roland in a few months to see how this hack stands up to the test of time. In my experience with tape, it eventually begins to separate and the sticky adhesive might then be, well, sticky on the hands. Others who have employed a similar hack are welcome to comment.
Take it away Ronan . . . .
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I recently converted an old Claud Butler 10 speed hybrid road bike into a single speed bike. After spending nearly £200 on paint and parts for the bike I have finally finished.
But I had forgotten to buy myself some handlebar grips for my bike, so being the every resourceful person that I am I decided to try and not spend any money on the handlebar grips, so I used some black electrical tape wound round the bars as the grips.
The tape offers a very very very grippy surface to hold on to and even better than that they are very comfy little grips for less that 50 pence a side. I will be using more electrical tape handlebar grips in the future.