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  • Leather

    32 17.02%
  • Cloth

    13 6.91%
  • Cork or Other similar

    85 45.21%
  • Plastic

    44 23.40%
  • Figure 8

    52 27.66%
  • Double Wrap (two layers)

    14 7.45%
  • Wrap in two directions Lower CW Upper CCW

    11 5.85%
  • 3M Black Electrical Tape

    36 19.15%
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Thread: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by PTinz View Post
    Thanks Matt, will give it a good look!
    Like you, I don't wear gloves unless it's cold. I've become a big fan of the Terra. I also just wrapped some bars with the Vento Solocush Tacky. It went on pretty easily and feels really nice, though I haven't had a chance to ride that bike in a while to see how it feels once good and sweaty. Both of these models are on the thicker side, which I like. If you like a thinner tape, the Vento Microtex might be a good option. Bar tape comes down to personal preference to a large degree, so your mileage may vary and all that.
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I love this combo of brown cotton tape and the blue forks plus the raw titanium...takes me back to being a teenager (white bar tape too) when all I ever wanted was a Merlin titanium.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Nowhere does the inflation in prices for bike gear appear so glaring as bar tape: $40 a roll.

    My favorite was Stella Azzura, and I bought many rolls which are now all used.
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I agree! Supacaz is Supacrap and $50 AUD + per roll!
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Really like this tape from Guee Intl:


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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    Really like this tape from Guee Intl:
    Rich,

    How did you make out with the SQ Lab tape in the end?

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by bdaghisallo View Post
    Rich,

    How did you make out with the SQ Lab tape in the end?
    It’s good stuff. I took it off to reuse, but then put it on a mate’s bike as part of a budget refresh. He seems very happy with it too.

    The rolls I had were freebies, but I’d pay for it again for sure.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    On the glove/no glove thing
    Silca Nastro Piloti is pretty thick but goes on easily (using a single cross wrap at the levers) plus the lever clamp piece is genius. But with winter gloves it is a bit too grippy, and I’ve nearly knocked the front wheel sideways when moving from drops to hoods on climbs, just because the thicker gloves snag the grippy surface. Not a big deal. I’m learning.

    My current favorite is an Arundel tape that feels like paper. Dry surface feel even after a ride. Sort of a medium to thin tape. Has the right amount of grip and slip to work as bar tape and seems pretty durable. And works with either gloves or no gloves - at least for me. I think it is called Arundel Grip.
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    On the glove/no glove thing
    Silca Nastro Piloti is pretty thick but goes on easily (using a single cross wrap at the levers) plus the lever clamp piece is genius. But with winter gloves it is a bit too grippy, and I’ve nearly knocked the front wheel sideways when moving from drops to hoods on climbs, just because the thicker gloves snag the grippy surface. Not a big deal. I’m learning.

    My current favorite is an Arundel tape that feels like paper. Dry surface feel even after a ride. Sort of a medium to thin tape. Has the right amount of grip and slip to work as bar tape and seems pretty durable. And works with either gloves or no gloves - at least for me. I think it is called Arundel Grip.
    Arundel was my go-to in North Texas where I never wore gloves. Feels nice, never got sticky and ripped like Lizardskins.
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I'd put in a vote for the Zipp Service Course tape.

    https://www.sram.com/en/zipp/models/ac-sc-tape-a1

    Medium thickness and easy enough to wrap. About $25 for a bike's worth. It has a pebbled surface that makes it grippy, but not as aggressive as the Arundel Gecko Grip I put on as an experiment. The Arundel was super grippy but felt like it was tearing up my palms riding without gloves. Never felt that with the Gecko Grip model of Arundel tape.
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    On the glove/no glove thing
    Silca Nastro Piloti is pretty thick but goes on easily (using a single cross wrap at the levers) plus the lever clamp piece is genius. But with winter gloves it is a bit too grippy, and I’ve nearly knocked the front wheel sideways when moving from drops to hoods on climbs, just because the thicker gloves snag the grippy surface. Not a big deal. I’m learning.

    My current favorite is an Arundel tape that feels like paper. Dry surface feel even after a ride. Sort of a medium to thin tape. Has the right amount of grip and slip to work as bar tape and seems pretty durable. And works with either gloves or no gloves - at least for me. I think it is called Arundel Grip.
    How well does that Silca tape wash? and what do you use on it to wash it? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    $40.00 for bar tape.

    $40.00 for bar tape?

    $40.00 for bar tape!

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by WFSTEKL View Post
    $40.00 for bar tape.

    $40.00 for bar tape?

    $40.00 for bar tape!
    The new price threshold is $50.00-$60.00. I know it seems like a lot.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    By far the most popular at the shop these days is the Zipp Service Course CX tape. $25, wraps up real nice, feels good and reasonably durable.
    I've been riding the Silca tape and I like it, but see previous comments about price.
    too bad pretty much all the Fizik tape has gone to crap.
    The new Enve tape is nice, but gets a bit slick when wet.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Silca Nastro Fiore bar tape is $74.99 AUD here in Oz...I love their pumps but no f....g way am I paying that for bar tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WFSTEKL View Post
    $40.00 for bar tape.

    $40.00 for bar tape?

    $40.00 for bar tape!
    But Bill...stay positive...that includes both sides of your handlebars and those two useless pieces of finishing tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    But Bill...stay positive...that includes both sides of your handlebars and those two useless pieces of finishing tape.
    I'll give this some perspective. I grew up with Benotto.

    I may die with Benotto.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I just picked up black Specialized S-wrap cork for $20 to wrap the non-grip covered portion of new Jones H-bars. Not bad stuff.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I tried the Deda Presa tape: www.dedaelementi.com/en/presa/

    I bought the blue but it comes with several backing colors. Comfortable and just the right amount of grippy. $30

    I wrapped it to hide the logo but you could turn it the other way.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    How well does that Silca tape wash? and what do you use on it to wash it? Thanks.
    Wash? I get black tape. It stays clean permanently.
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