Finally ‘Wrapping Up’ My Costello Build, Brooks Leather Bar Wrap

Brooks leather bar wrap.

I have been riding my current commuter set up since January when first I did some riding down in Florida.

The missing piece of the build has been literally right beneath my nose these past few months.

Chris at Loose Nuts had initially wrapped some ever classic Newbaum’s cotton bar tape.

The distinction between Brooks leather wrap and cotton is longevity.

Where many may argue on the aesthetic and style each approach contributes to a build,

the leather simply lasts longer.  Not only that, like all Brooks products, it actually gets better with age.

My Costello

The first step was to pop the cork out of the bars, then flip up the hoods and get in the zone.

Well used Newbaums

Rather than peel of the well used newbaums I opted to double up. Though this potentially could harbor water,

it will make for a bit more cushion and a larger grip. The adhesive gripped well and I slowly began.

Take it slow...

When you see Brooks wrapped bars in the wild, always take a peek and see if it is started and ended well.

This may be the last time the bars will ever be wrapped and its all in the details!

Stoked to line it up top and bottom!

When I was done Chris and Howard took a look. Both know how long it took the get this rig rolling.

Chris doesn't know whether smirk or barf

I am super pleased to finally wrap it up with Brooks leather bar wrap and still sit on my 6 year old Swift!

Brooks products as recently highlighted, are some of the longest lasting velo investments you can make.

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New Wrap Day...