Cycling in Sydney Australia
Well, I feel like I am wading deep into bike maintenance now, having today bought citrus degreaser and lube for the first time to clean up my chain, and then, after PeterT planted the seed of an idea in my mind, I also picked up some bar tape to replace my original one.
I youtubed (is that officially a verb yet?) a how-to from here and then went downstairs and kinda winged it. Result is acceptable, not perfect but it's ok for my first time - however I am glad I got a cheaper one, if I were to spend $60 on tape and then make it look amateur, I wouldn't be impressed with myself!
The video does tell you that some gel tapes do not have a proper sticky section, so it's very easy to unroll and reroll - whereas the cork ones do stick and cannot be rerolled. I did actually start near the stem rather than at the end of the bar, since that was how the original tape was rolled, whereas the video tells you to do the opposite and end near the stem.
Anyway, I am now pretty happy with my efforts, having degreased, lubed, replaced gear cables, bar taped, replaced bottle cage and upgraded lights in the last two days!