> OK, I have selected different bars for two of my
> bikes, both mid-fifties British path racers and
> am trying to figure out the appropriate amount of
> the bars to tape.
> What was done back 'in the day'? Ken,
What a beautiful bike - I don't know how you keep finding these great, old track bikes. Now...
There are a couple of typographical errors in your message, but I gather you intend to use a Cyclo-Cross "interrupter" lever with a front brake. I use a similar setup on my Waterford track bike when I ride it on the road. The lever and the brake both come off quickly for racing on the velodrome.
As for taping the bars, every photo I've seen of older track bikes - irrespective of the era - shows the tape only going about halfway up the hooks. This is also what I remember from the track bikes I saw at Flushing Meadows in NYC (pre-Kissena Velodrome), and I imagine those were set up much the same as the British bikes.
In any event, here's a photo of Reg Harris at Herne Hill from 1948. Note the bars...
Fred Rednor - Arlignton, Virginia (USA)