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How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:57 am
by sundaykayaker
I have a light weight carbon slalom paddle with a thin shaft.
Been using it on using it ww. It works fine except, I find the shaft is too small for my hand.
Is there a simple way to increase its diameter...in and around the grip area.

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:02 am
by Ian Dallaway
I guess the easiest way is to go to a bike shop and get some handlebar tape...
It's not too permanent either so if you find it's too thick then its easy to remove again.

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:21 pm
by stonercanoe
I have used cycle handle bar tape on my canoe paddle for years.
Jason

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:25 pm
by DaveBland
Ice hockey stick tape

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:26 pm
by RichA
Self amalgmating plumbers tape. Doesn't use any adhesive, and sticks to wet things. I use it on ice axe grips, but it's normally used to fix leaky pipes.

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:49 pm
by kayak1
I have used simply electricians tape...I usually use a plastic small diameter tube from a plumbing shop, cut along the length so its in half and cut to the length you need (around six inches) then taped to the shaft by continuous layers of tape..this makes the oval effect for grip if your are right handed or left handed..only needed for the front edge of the shaft..works for years..Good quality tape is preferred.

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:40 am
by TechnoEngineer
Plastic welding rod, fixed on using the tape of your choice.

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:54 am
by sundaykayaker
Tried to figure out the difference between standard and thin shaft. It turns out to be 3mm.. It's amazing how much 3mm increase in diameter makes to the feel of a shaft.
Have managed to tape it up using a combination of gaffer and insulation tape. Doesn't look very tidy. Most difficult bit was to try and keep tape evenly spread across the length of (6 inches)
Used a winding technice on RH side which resulted in a bulge in the middle.
On the LH side layered the tape along the length whilst turning the shaft a few mm with each layer. That was a lot easier. And produced a much better finish.
Let's see how long it will last on the water.

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:25 pm
by morsey
Get some jointing tape can get it wide enough to do one wrap of paddles for grips. Stanley blade to fine cut the finish (put the joint opposite your palm overlap and slice into the joint fid super smooth finish). Heat it gently and rub with smooth plastic card to remove any air bubbles.

The best option though is to pop one of the blades off and add one or two new sleeve wraps and heat shrink into place

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:43 pm
by sundaykayaker
Is this the tape u r thinking of.

http://m.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-pla ... tered=true

Sleeve wraps? Not sure what that is...
BTW... Not into DIY. That's why I go kayaking. To avoid DIY :)
Any links to that

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:45 pm
by Adrian Cooper