Introduction: Cord Wrapped Handlebars (aka Rambo Style)
Alright, if Rambo rocked a 10 speed this is how he'd do his bars. This is also how he'd wrap his bars if he was on one of his daily Home Depot runs and got sidetracked in the rope section. I got this idea from the old school way of cord wrapping the ends of bar tape with string so I thought I'd give it a shot. It might be too hard for some people but hey, it only costs about $2 for the cord and you could always add some padding I suppose. Also, you can buy just about any color of electrical tape you could want.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
All you really need is cord of some sort, electrical tape, and something to cut cord with.
Step 2: Wrap the Bar With E-tape
Wrap the bars with electrical tape like a candy cane. Fold it over so that the sticky side is on both sides. This will hold the tape in place and keep the cord from slipping around on the bars.
Step 3: Start Wrapping the Bars
You'll have to make a loop at the beginning so that the flapper goes up the bar and can be wrapped over, pull that loop nice and tight. Once you get a loop at the beginning you can begin wrapping evenly, make sure to keep some good tension on the cord and take your time to make it look pretty. Once you get to the end you'll want to do a similar loop and pull it as tight as you can. You can do a couple knots if you wish, then cut off the excess.
Step 4: Finish Off the Ends
Put a plug in the end of the bars so that you don't take a core sample of your leg in a wreck. Then wrap some take on the ends of the cord wrapping. Stretch the tape super tight and don't skimp on the tape so it'll hold tight. Trim it up nice and good and you are ready to rock and roll.
Step 5: The Finished Product
It probably won't look good on your $8k Cervelo but it might give your old beater a nice touch.