Step 2: Remove Bar Tape

1. Remove any bar tape or grip tape covering the brake lever. 
This way you can get at the bars and work with them.  Most likely, you can just peel the adhesive tape off by holding the end of the bar tape and then unwrap the bar tape from the handlebars. For this process, it is only necessary that you be able to get the tape off of the area from the brake lever to the end of the bar.

2. Remove all grip tape between the brake lever and the end of the bar. 
This will allow you to slide the brake lever assembly off the end of the bar since the brake lever will not be big enough to slide over the bar tape.

     Note: If your brakes are the type where the brake cable is intended to run under the bar tape, you may need to remove the bar tape above the brake lever also.  This is the case for my brakes, so I removed all of the bar tape.

     Warning: If using scissors to remove the tape, don’t place the scissors in a manner where they could cut you if they slip.
<p>Hey-thanks for the instruction! I might add that if you're just changing handlebars instead of brake levers, you won't disconnect the cables. Rather-you'd just unscrew the allen bold and slide the levers off, keeping them intact to add back to your new handlebars if possible. Thanks again!</p>
Good details to your project. Something worth noting when wrapping bars too, is make sure the wrap rotates to the direction of the rider. Your natural inclination is to pull on the bars when under hard pedaling. This tends to twist the bar tape towards you. If the bar is not wrapped in the towards rider direction, you will have loose bar tape in no time. I usually remember after I have done it the wrong way. <br><br>Sean<br><br>PS I love the blue tape I just did the color tape on my nieces touring bike. I have some for mine but have not put it on yet.
Very good instructions in this. Only thing I would say is that I think your front tire may be on backwards..... Shouldn't the tread run the other way?
It actually matters less than you may think. With very shallow treads, directionality can go out the window, but even with unidirectional knobbies, there can be some benefit to installing the front tread backwards; traction is most important on the front wheel when braking, and installing it such that the tread grabs when a backwards force is applied can lead to improved emergency stopping power. Check out <a href="http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#direction" rel="nofollow">http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#direction</a>for more info.<br> <br> Fantastic 'ible, by the way.&nbsp; I love the color bar tape you chose.
Just a tip, if they are close to being perfect there is an adjustment screw where the outer cable meets the caliper, and by twisting that anticlockwise you can tighten the brakes leading to better braking.

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