Re: [CR]taping Pista handlebars

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 22:52:26 -0700
From: "Tam Pham" <>
To: "Ken Sanford" <>, classic <>
Subject: Re: [CR]taping Pista handlebars
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Beautiful Carpenter, Ken! Neat custom acrylic bike holder, too!

As for bar wrapping, Ted could give you the inside scoop I'm sure but my guess is that sprinters ran the tape just above the halfway mark up the hooks of the bars (like Fred Rednor mentioned), while the 6-day and pursuit guys ran it up higher to accomodate more hand positions. I've seen many photos of somewhere in between as well. I'd just wrap it the way that makes you happy. :-)

Here's a scan of Reg Harris riding with the tape up high:

Cheers, Tam Pham Huntington Beach, CA - USA

PS: I need your bars! :-D

On 8/31/07, Ken Sanford <> wrote:
> 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'?
> I notice that pista bars seem to be most commonly taped more just near
> the end than road bars. What is the history or reasons for that?
> Both these bikes (my 56 Carpenter and 55 Claud Butler) will have no rear
> brake and a removable front brake (using one of those nifty modern
> off-topic calipers that can be removed with retaping the bars). The
> brake will be mounted above the taped section.
> FYI, the Carpenter can be seen at
> and you can get to the Claud from there.
> Thanks for your advice, suggestions, etc
> Ken Sanford
> Kensington, MD