How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

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How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Post by sundaykayaker » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:57 am

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.

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Post by Ian Dallaway » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:02 am

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.
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Post by stonercanoe » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:21 pm

I have used cycle handle bar tape on my canoe paddle for years.
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Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Post by DaveBland » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:25 pm

Ice hockey stick tape
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Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Post by RichA » Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:26 pm

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.

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

Post by kayak1 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:49 pm

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.

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

Post by TechnoEngineer » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:40 am

Plastic welding rod, fixed on using the tape of your choice.
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Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Post by sundaykayaker » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:54 am

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.

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

Post by morsey » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:25 pm

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

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

Post by sundaykayaker » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:43 pm

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

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