Your bike will even get a new lease of life, in terms of appearance.
Handle bar tape materials
These tapes come in multiple types of materials. These include vinyl (padded or non-padded), cloth or cork. Arguably, cork would be the most comfortable material. But it is also the most expensive. However, all the different material types mentioned come in different colors for people like us (cyclists) to choose from.
How to do it
You should know that the task of renewing the tape is simple. To start off, remove the end plugs of the bicycle handlebar. You will notice that some of them pry out or have a Phillips-head screw (end of plugs). You should loosen these ends.
Of course, the next step is to simply peel off the original (old) and existing tape. After peeling off, you will notice there is a foamy material that is left. You should remove these foamy layers with a sharp object to scrape it off.
Further discovery when removing the tape
As you unravel and remove the existing handle bar tape, you will find that there are some areas that are cut into 3 or 4 inches. Why is this so? These sections that are few inches long will be responsible for covering the sides of the brake hoods.
What do you do if you do not have a pre-cut section? Simply use a sharp object like a knife again to form the sections yourself.
Wrapping with your bike handle
You should always start at the handle bar ends. As you encounter any curves, be sure to slant the tapes accordingly. When doing this, make sure the tape is covering every little area of the handle bar, making it tight-hugging.
As you cover, you will find that there are many layers to cover. Some of these layers overlap each other. How much to overlap them? The good guideline is to cover each new layer within half width of the previous layer.
If you do find that the tapes run out before you reach the stepped handle bar section, then you should unwrap everything and start with less overlapping widths of layers.
When finishing the job, use an adhesive tape to seal the tape. You would want to select the appropriate colors to match with the tape.