My handlebar tape keeps looking messy because of an incorrect direction, and I can't find an obvious solution to it. Maybe someone can advise?
The direction of the wrap for handlbar tape should be oriented so that the tension of the hands of the bar is tightening the tape, instead of loosening. On drop bars, to achieve such a direction both at the top/center and the sides, the tape direction is reversed at the brake levers.
When wrapping a bullhorn handlebar, however, there is no obvious way of reversing the tape direction in the corner. If the tape wrap direction is aligned to hand tension on the sides, the top/center part has the wrong direction (see image, gray is tape direction, red is hand tension). As a result, if the rider switches hand position frequently, as I do, one of the areas is constantly being loosened there.
Of course, if the whole direciton is reversed, this problem will appear on the sides instead.
Is there a way to avoid this?