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harlequin bar wrap
Thread started by ruinedbyidiots at 03.29.09 - 10:46 pm

because i am a grumpy old man, i have recently become a member of the elite in learning how to wrap bars harlequin style. if you would like to have your bars in this pattern, give me your handlebars and four rolls of cloth tape (two of each color) and i will wrap them for you for a beer or a bowl or something else. i havent quite figured out how to deal with brake hoods, so if you have gears, then youre shit out of luck.


ichthyosis rules

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what the hell?! i thought i originated that shit!?
i went to michael levine's and got that trimming, dipped it in modgepodge, and wrapped my bars with it almost a year ago.......



Candy Cane
03.29.09 - 10:52 pm

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i dont even know what you just said.



ruinedbyidiots
03.29.09 - 10:55 pm

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oh wow, same result, different methods i guess. there exists a kind of cloth trimming tape, printed with the right pattern that has black and white striping, at the right angle to produce the same result when wrapped.



Candy Cane
03.29.09 - 10:56 pm

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they got smart



imachynna
03.29.09 - 10:57 pm

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that all being said, yours looks WAY better. nice job.



Candy Cane
03.29.09 - 10:58 pm

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does that mean you want me to make your bullhorns red and white?



ruinedbyidiots
03.29.09 - 10:59 pm

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that means im OVER this fucking bike, and want a surly crosscheck...stat



Candy Cane
03.29.09 - 11:00 pm

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"i dont even know what you just said."

hahahahahah



KiMS1
03.29.09 - 11:17 pm

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you should put it up on youtube or something.

but then you'll be missing out on free booze and weed.



KiMS1
03.29.09 - 11:20 pm

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That will be the only time we will see rbi say that.



Alfredo
03.29.09 - 11:21 pm

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baaaaaaarrr-chopz!



rayrayray
03.29.09 - 11:21 pm

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i just finished wrapping a pair of nitto b123s with black and yellow tape that will be in a display case at orange20 tomorrow.



ruinedbyidiots
03.29.09 - 11:23 pm

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I want to be like rbi when i grow up.
no seriously.



rayrayray
03.29.09 - 11:24 pm

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do most shops carry cloth tape?



KiMS1
03.29.09 - 11:24 pm

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orange 20 does



rayrayray
03.29.09 - 11:24 pm

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orange 20 is a boutique in my opinion.






KiMS1
03.29.09 - 11:26 pm

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thankyou.
nothing there is actually affordable.




rayrayray
03.29.09 - 11:30 pm

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pffft ahahhaha.





KiMS1
03.29.09 - 11:31 pm

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these bars are $120. why? njs stamped.

cloth tape should be relatively easy to find, but not all bike shops carry it, which is a shame because it is 100x better than any cork or gel tape could ever aspire to be.



ruinedbyidiots
03.29.09 - 11:52 pm

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Looks nice! Kinda reminds me of the wrap they put on pool cues.



User1
03.30.09 - 12:29 am

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he made mine grey/black and they look purdy.



canadienne
03.30.09 - 10:38 am

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LOL RBI!





BICYKILLER
03.30.09 - 10:47 am

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i think its funny when fools have NJS stamped everything, then put on riser bars.





KiMS1
03.30.09 - 11:59 am

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oh i agree.
i left two inches of space on either side of the clamping point so you could still see the nitto b123 sticker and the njs stamp and get your hipster on.



ruinedbyidiots
03.30.09 - 12:02 pm

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NJS stamp dead fetuses and post on LAfixed.

you can make a fortune off abortion by-products.



KiMS1
03.30.09 - 12:10 pm

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is the cloth tape comfortable?

i like having the cork tape bc i can ride without gloves.




KiMS1
03.30.09 - 12:12 pm

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i wear gloves at night because my fingers get cold. otherwise i am gloveless too. its comfortable for me. some people dont like it so they take an old tube and put that under the cloth tape.



ruinedbyidiots
03.30.09 - 12:14 pm

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i have some weird tape with a cool print on it i bought from atomic a month ago.

it sucks though bc it's so thin and it basically feels like theres nothing there. my hands get numb and twitchy if i ride for ahwile without gloves.


i guess what i am asking is if the cloth tape is really thin.

and is it anymore useful than corktape.



KiMS1
03.30.09 - 12:18 pm

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useful is a relative term.



ruinedbyidiots
03.30.09 - 12:34 pm

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goddamnit tyler


are there any advantages/disadvantages to using cloth?

and cool factor is not an advantage.



KiMS1
03.30.09 - 12:45 pm

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advantage? it wont make you any faster.



ruinedbyidiots
03.30.09 - 12:47 pm

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don't they sell those gel inserts that you can put underneath the bar tape?



666
03.30.09 - 1:04 pm

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yeah, fizik makes some.



ruinedbyidiots
03.30.09 - 1:05 pm

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is the cloth thin? does it provide any sort of padding?





KiMS1
03.30.09 - 1:17 pm

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Cloth tape is pretty inexpensive. Even if you buy 4 rolls still cheaper than a lot of tapes and grips.

I take exception to the idea that O20 is a boutique. or that its overpriced there.

They just avoid carrying cheap shit that is going to break in 200 miles.




trickmilla
03.30.09 - 1:21 pm

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i think 4 rolls still come out to be around 11-12 bucks.

atomic sells regular cork tape for 11 bucks.




idk about orange 20. maybe theyve changed since the last time i was there.

i just remember they had random bits and pieces of bike parts strewn all over their closet sized shop. the only things that they had affordable were coffee stained yanco pads in some discount bucket.

i remember them being incredibly rude and gave me a 27" tire for a 700c wheel. when i came back demanding an exchange they gave me a hard time.

there are bike snobs and then there are dicks and these guys were dicks.


but then again, the last time i was there was a year ago. maybe, hopefully they changed staff.



KiMS1
03.30.09 - 1:31 pm

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I've always had a good experience when I'm there. I've gone to their shop when they had already closed and they still opened their doors for me to buy a new tire.

Over priced they may be but whatever, I'd probably run the same prices if I owned a bike store too.

Think of how many dumb asses they have to deal with every single day, I think it'd be hard not to be bitter all the time.



Graham
03.30.09 - 1:36 pm

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@trickmilla and graham

well as far as pricing, perhaps ur right about them carrying good quality product.


but


jaded by the other or not, they run a business. they should treat the hand that feeds them a little better.

and when i went in, its not like i was just snooping around the store asking about how to do fucking barspins or anything.

i went in, i asked for my 700c tire, they gave me a 27", i looked at them in a puzzled way, they acted like hardasses, i returned with the tire, told them it was a 27 and not 700, they said oh well, tossed me my right tire, and i left.

no apologies, no nothing.

idk man.

who knows, maybe i need to give them a try again or something.



KiMS1
03.30.09 - 1:44 pm

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ok...



ruinedbyidiots
03.30.09 - 3:16 pm

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hush.



KiMS1
03.30.09 - 3:29 pm

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@Matt

A lot has changed at o20 man! I had a similar "first experience" but they were busy, and their shop was waaaaay to small.
They have a huge shop now (on the corner) and everyone there is genuinely nice and willing to help with ANYTHING. Seriously, give em another shot... but if bargains are what you're after, don't go.
It's like going to Toys R Us with your mom when you were little "just to look." You knew you weren't getting anything, and you'd get pissed when you actually didn't.



BICYKILLER
03.30.09 - 3:29 pm

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El Maestro bike shop on 8th and Main has gotten a lot of nice fixed gear parts in stock lateley. They also have cloth tape.

The prices are lower than o20 and they will actually talk to you... even if your bike doesn't cause immediate hipster boners for them.





stillline
03.30.09 - 3:43 pm

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@lee

i will check out orange 20 now.

and please read this thread

http://www.midnightridazz.com/forums.php?topicId=8610&pgnum=1



KiMS1
03.30.09 - 3:58 pm

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@ Matt

Sorry dude!!! Dang... I've been away from the forums for a while... dang. Sorry matt. Tell Mike I said "Sup!"



BICYKILLER
03.30.09 - 4:22 pm

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aaaaaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!



KiMS1
03.30.09 - 4:26 pm

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Candy Cane, I love that you called it modgepodge. That's what I've called it since I was a kid.



BellBeefer
03.30.09 - 4:28 pm

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yeah KIMS1... tell Mike I say wassup also. lol

PS I think he was joking.



Jazzy Phat Nastee
03.30.09 - 5:56 pm

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i did some harlequin bar wraps with a twist of DGAF



666
05.6.09 - 7:50 pm

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some peugeot at SMC had the bars wrapped like this. It was awesome and in time I may want to try this out.



Gav
05.6.09 - 8:04 pm

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i did some harlequin bar wraps with a twist of DGAF

666
05.6.09 - 10:50 pm


that's sick, dude.



coldcut
05.6.09 - 8:12 pm

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Dose anyone here think they could possibly wrap my bars up harlequin,
I tired myself and failed,waste of $15 and 3 hours :(



madmike
05.6.09 - 8:18 pm

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read the first post.



coldcut
05.6.09 - 8:19 pm

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Knitted is the new harlequin



ephemerae
05.6.09 - 9:49 pm

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lol@madmike.



ruinedbyidiots
05.6.09 - 10:42 pm

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Nice, RBI! But all my drop bars have brake levers :(

Orange 20 is not a boutique if you're implying that "boutique" means just fashion and no function. They have tons of practical stuff for commuters and stock lots of town and cargo bikes. They have some bling, for sure, but if you ride a bike every day and depend on them to get around, I'm not going to begrudge you for getting, say, Phil Wood hubs. Ride what you love and love what you ride.

They are busy, too, but I've nothing but excellent service from them, that goes double since they've staffed up and gotten a bigger location.



cabhauler
05.6.09 - 11:10 pm

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steve at the bike oven is also a grumpy old man who can show you how to do this. the asian way. which means you get yelled at if you do it wrong until you do it right.



sciencefriction
05.7.09 - 12:35 am

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@madmike, i will teach you how to do it like mine :]



666
05.7.09 - 1:06 am

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