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Video: How to wrap handlebar tape

Team Katusha mechanic shows quick and easy way to get the job done*

Here’s the best way to wrap handlebar tape. Well, it's the best way according to the Team Katusha mechanics.

We know that everyone has their own preferences for wrapping handlebar tape, and everyone is convinced that their way is best. Oh, we’ve had many a lively debate about it.

Do you start by going inward or outward? You do the figure of eight thing around the levers, right? How much sticky tape do you use at the ends? It’s a right old can of worms. And that’s without getting into the issue of whether the colour of your handlebar tape has to match your saddle.

Anyway, the Katusha mechanic - we don't know his name - has one side done in about 2mins, and we reckon that’s pretty good going.

How to install the handlebar tape? We show you it!Как намотать обмотку на руль? Мы покажем вам!

Posted by Team Katusha on Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Notice the use of the brake for hanging the scissors. That's pro, that is.

How do you rate his technique? Let us know down below what you do differently.

* Quick and easy for him. Not so quick and easy for the rest of us, perhaps.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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