Padded Road Bike Handlebars on the Cheap!





Introduction: Padded Road Bike Handlebars on the Cheap!

This project lets you take common packing material and customize your own padded handlebars with little or no extra cost.

Step 1: Get Some Handle Bar Tape

If you allready have some, peel it off, if you can reuse it, do so, if not, go get something cheaper than I found (hopefully) I was in a hurry to get some tape, and I didnt shop around too much, but I got my basic black tape for 16 bucks at a local shop.

Step 2: Get Some Closed Cell Packing Wrap!

Go anywhere that deals with shipping a lot (like retail stores) will have this suff piled up in a huge box somewhere in the shipping area. Find "associate" and make them an offer they cant refuse. or just go look around at work, its the really thin stuff thats nice and soft and closed cell, and also just so happens to rip in perfect strips once you tear with the "grain"

Step 3: Wrap Bars With Customized Cush!

Bust out your wrapping skill here and go crazy, try and think where you will be putting your hands while you ride, and add more where its needed. Longer strips are easer to work with, but you really don't need much material for the padding, if you score a 2/3ft chunk, you will have more than enough. Leave room at the center for taping down the black outer wrap.

Step 4: Finish With a Normal Wrap

Im no expert on this, and most people I talked to didnt seem to have any theories for how to wrap the outer tape. but I found that pulling it tight and leaving at least 1/3-1/2 width over wrap is good. overlapping around the outside of the curves of your bars will be important.

I found them to be an exceptable alternative to spending the 30 bucks on new black tape with special squishy inserts, as you can customize with this material to your hearts content.



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    nice! is this bike a kobe?

    This bike is an SR. A brand from the 80s that I have a hard time finding much information about. It was apparently a little company that got purchased by Shimano at some point. I love it because the frame is huge. They don't make bikes this tall anymore. Thank for asking!

    weird, because my kobe, an old japanese brand thats long gone has the same handle bars, except that the gear shifters are on the ends of the handle bars. so im guessing it has sun tour brakes and shifters? also the reflectors are exactly the same as mine, the wheels look very similar and the frame looks like a kobe frame. maybe these brands were bought or sold to each other? but i do love the huge thin frame not quite as bulky as some of todays bikes

    Excellent idea! Very good photos. Very well documented. Thank you!

    very cool idea. Question, does the padding slip down? I would imagine now that you have a layer inbetween the grip tape and the handlebar that it will ride down after a while? maybe not... great idea though

    Yeah, totally, if you wanted a completely no slip grip you could use contact cement (might dissolve foam?) or some other sticky crud, I was just looking for quick, dirty padded bars, but with just the tension of the tape on the foam, it doesn’t slip very much at all. You really have to grip and twist to notice it.

    I think contact cement is the call. It wont each the foam you've used but that foam wont last super long either, the cells tend to burst underpressure. Not that this isnt a really good idea, me likes it.

    dont glue it, like i said earlier if you wrap it the right direction it shouldnt matter if you put straight crisco under the wrap (kidding). that and you will be replacing the wrap fairly soon.

    use a glue stick, it stays a bit guey still and works perfectly.