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    Default Handlebar tape question

    So with all of the brands and styles of handlebar tape out there I started thinking about where they all really come from. Are they mass produced and then subsequently branded, or does each company really produce their own?

    Relevance? Not much...I just got thinking when I was out riding today.

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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    Both, there is some crossover.

    P.S. Arundel Gecko is the first tape I've ever enjoyed riding sans-gloves.
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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    I've heard thru the rumor mill that there is one factory in Northern Italy that makes most of the wrap ...

    All different brands ..... one factory

    It's been doing it forever and the machines have been paid off eons ago.
    That is why china can't compete.

    Again ... This is rumor mill reporting, but I tend to trust the source.
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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    cork tape goes under handlebra. don't care where the "cork" comes from. used, off the shop floor is best.

    ray does it with cowbuttskin in newyark atmo.






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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    Quote Originally Posted by WadePatton View Post
    ray does it with cowbuttskin in newyark atmo.
    I want mine cut circumferentially.

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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    buy what you like and think you can comfortably afford replacing every two to 3 months if you ride daily. far too many people splurge on the wrong thing and try to salvage tape is disposable just as cables and housing are, change frequently and often it pays dividends in performance

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    I think I'll be using Stella Azzurra Fabwik for the forseeable future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathanrtaylor View Post
    I want mine cut circumferentially.
    Hmm and handstitched along the bottom?

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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    Ever since they stopped making my favorite tape- Salsa Goma, I have wandered the streets aimlessly with my head hanging, kicking rocks and muttering to myself wondering aloud what I was going to do. I ended up buying some of the old school cloth tape for 3 bucks a roll while I thought about things and have ended up liking it, it wraps easy, looks neat, comes in black, whats not to like?

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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    Quote Originally Posted by musgravecycles View Post
    Both, there is some crossover.

    P.S. Arundel Gecko is the first tape I've ever enjoyed riding sans-gloves.
    Also love the gecko tape... had it once, had it replaced with "lizard skinz" because that's what the shop had when I changed, thought it would be the same but not quite as good, now I'm just going to stock up on the gecko...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bssc View Post
    buy what you like and think you can comfortably afford replacing every two to 3 months if you ride daily. ......
    I commute daily, and on that bike I only replace the tape when I can see metal. Even the cheap stuff lasts a few years for me. I pretty much only use black tape, so it is not as if I need to try and keep it white. That said, next replacement is going to be hurricane handlebra, which will probably last me a decade.

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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    I was just more concerned with where it all comes from...but thanks for the "when to replace" advice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb1883us View Post
    I was just more concerned with where it all comes from...but thanks for the "when to replace" advice...
    "It" arrives in plain brown envelopes from good friends. That's my fantasy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb1883us View Post
    I was just more concerned with where it all comes from...but thanks for the "when to replace" advice...
    Yeah, sorry about that, all I saw was 'handlebar tape' and it got me thinking........... I think it was the same thing with motorcycle boots for a while as well, 20 brands coming from 3 factories in Italy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellman View Post
    Yeah, sorry about that, all I saw was 'handlebar tape' and it got me thinking........... I think it was the same thing with motorcycle boots for a while as well, 20 brands coming from 3 factories in Italy.
    thank god they still have factories in the west somewhere...

    hey speaking of off the op questions. on of my junior racers keeps twisting off my bar wrap. last set up was hockey tape, cork tight, handlebra (used btw) very tight. i've always wrapped to the outside. maybe i should reverse the direction? this tape has a dozen more wraps left in it you know.

    or should i just go from top to bottom and thereby make re-wraps easier. he rides the drops 90% of the time too-so i don't think short-wrapping is an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WadePatton View Post
    thank god they still have factories in the west somewhere...

    hey speaking of off the op questions. on of my junior racers keeps twisting off my bar wrap. last set up was hockey tape, cork tight, handlebra (used btw) very tight. i've always wrapped to the outside. maybe i should reverse the direction? this tape has a dozen more wraps left in it you know.

    or should i just go from top to bottom and thereby make re-wraps easier. he rides the drops 90% of the time too-so i don't think short-wrapping is an option.
    Either he is one of those odd fellows who twists their hands opposite from what 99.999999999% of the civilized world does or you are wrapping the wrong direction. From the bottom tape hangs from the inside of bar drops facing the HT, yah?

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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    I was taught this ...

    Start from bottom of bar and wrap to top. This way this wrap overlaps itself like roof shingles.
    Water can't flow into the overlaps.

    Wrap over the top of bar toward the frame ..... CC on crank side and CW on the other ...

    MOST (not all) people have a natural tendency to rotate their hands in toward the frame.
    Since the wrap was installed in this direction, the rider is always tightening the wrap.

    If one has a propensity to rotate ones hands outward .... wrap in the opposite direction.

    But then .... I know bo about jack ... or is that jack about bo ????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahneida Ride Hide View Post

    But then .... I know bo about jack ... or is that jack about bo ????
    You've met Jack. Jack was at the Ramble. So you know Jack!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahneida Ride Hide View Post
    MOST (not all) people have a natural tendency to rotate their hands in toward the frame.
    Since the wrap was installed in this direction, the rider is always tightening the wrap.
    I thought it was the other way around, as suggested in the "Advanced Tips" section of Park Tool's directions for installing wrap. I thought the natural tendency was to rotate hands away from frame in drops, toward body on tops. Does require a change it direction of the tape winding at the hoods, though.

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    Default Re: Handlebar tape question

    yes, maybe that's where i got it. and it makes sense to me with my off-roading bike slinging ways. that i'm gripping harder when pulling up into my opposing side and therefore my hand would be rotating to the outside wrt the bars/wrap--which is how i've always wrapped.

    no problem at all running it the other way. none. really.

    drop to top--check.






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