I guess one of the annoying time-travellers answers would be get a pair of the quick release aero-bars, so you can just clip them on and off as you please. Failing temporal assistance, would loosening the aero-bars and rotating them down/moved inboard out of the way, on the bar, help at all ? (if you haven’t already tried that)
With a few alignment markers added to the risers and bar, it should be reasonably quick to do so.
I don’t remember having to use anything other than a “L”-shaped Allen wrench (although I do recall it being a struggle of some sort), but mine were RIDICULOUSLY tight… like in danger of rounding out the head on removal. Tape removal was not fun either. I expected it come off easy as I swapped with it brand new, nope.
Yuuuup. Took me maybe 20mins to peel the shonky tape off? I tried jamming the regular allen key in but it was torqued too tight and same as you I feared rounding the head off. I wish Wahoo would just include a stubby allen key that actually fit - or cut a proper channel like all other shifter brands ever so a normal allen key fits.
Was a slightly different situation to most, the bike I had was making odd noises and was having it replaced under warranty. So for a couple of days I had two full bikes sat in my gym. When I returned the noisy one I just kept the full front end.
I didn’t want to pay that much, but I share the bike with my wife and it doing it this way is a lot easier than any of the other options.
I’ve just bought new bar with wider, oval tubing where my hands go, the ultra narrow tubing on the stock bar is super uncomfortable. Will use my stubby allen wrench thanks for the tip. Do you have to completely remove the tape to remove the shifters?