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  • Leather

    32 17.11%
  • Cloth

    12 6.42%
  • Cork or Other similar

    85 45.45%
  • Plastic

    44 23.53%
  • Figure 8

    52 27.81%
  • Double Wrap (two layers)

    14 7.49%
  • Wrap in two directions Lower CW Upper CCW

    11 5.88%
  • 3M Black Electrical Tape

    36 19.25%
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    Default Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I've been using Ray's Too Tall Tarmack Black

    Ray's product is flawless, it's comfortable and never slippery...easy to keep clean and it's been on my bars for something ridiculous like 5 years and shows no sign of wear no kidding.

    Wellll, my head got turned by ProLogo black/white PolyGrip tape
    PROLOGO CORK TAPE ONETOUCH POLYGRIP BLACK/WHITE


    Of all the handlebar tape I've ever wrapped this is by far the most awesome in terms of stretch and grip. There will be a after party report in a few months. For now I'm a fan.

    No regrets Ray, your tape will get a bath and much deserved rest until I put it on some other bike.

    Well nu what are you wrapping? Bonus points for pictures and technique tips.

    * VSalon Pro-Bicycle Tech mods if you want a product review sub-forum to manage just say the word. I think reviews can live right here.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I've been wondering about that prologo one-touch tape. I'll take a Too Tall endorsement as a reason to try it out. Pricey stuff, though. Does it have an adhesive backing?

    I usually stick with Shimano PRO Smart Silicon.



    Easy to wrap, stretchy enough to go cush or thin(ner), no adhesive backing so all is not lost if you need to move something around, reasonably durable, and cheap. I'm paranoid about my bars corroding, so tape that can be rewrapped and/or is cheap to replace is ok by me.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Whichever cheap black bar tape my LBS has in stock, though I am tempted to try Lizard Skins for my next time.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Lizard skins DSP 1.8....... goes on easy (no stretching just a firm pull reqd.) and feels sublime, I ain't looking elsewhere well for a while anyway.


    .... but it's spendy!

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Lizard or Benotto

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    Lizard skins is awesome stuff. i like the uber thick shyte.

    Cotton on the CX bike.
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Tressostar !

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Green Grips cloth tape.
    Newbaums has some sort of Alien super glue on it.
    I lament the passing of the lovely Viva Japanese cloth tape.
    The Aldo method, soak the tape to get rid of the evil glue, wrap wet.

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    Of late I'm obsessed with various handlebar tapes. It's not that I don't like Cinelli (snort). Call it mid-summer fahting around with things that don't matter but don't point your finger at me...sinners. Here's to rediscovering some old favorites. Cheers. I'm wrapping good old hard to stretch and sometimes the silly paper protection strip tears 18 times: Fizik.
    The trick ,if there is any, would be to pull it within a gnats eyelash of breaking. When you pull it tight the stuff feels amazing.

    Next up, broken glass and mastik.
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I typically use Cinelli Cork or Gel Cork but recently tried out Bike Ribbon's Basic padded tape, costs ~$7. It wraps really well & while not as cushy as the Cinelli, the white doesn't pick up a lot of dirt & can be cleaned up easily with typical household cleaners. From 10 feet it almost looks like leather

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Specialized S-Wrap Pro (I think) is delicious:



    As was my original Busyman stuff (before Mick stopped using the shiny leather):



    Always loved the Stella Azzura / Bike Ribbon Eleganza too:



    Generally I'm a big fan of Lizard Skinz when I can be bothered to pay for it, and Bike Ribbon do an imitation leather tape called Eolo Soft which is actually pretty good. I loved the look of the Cadence 'All Over' stuff, but dirts sticks to the white version like there's no tomorrow, and there ain't no getting it off. Might get some of the black version for an impending update to my 'zetti though.

    As for wrapping, this is my method - definitely 'figure-of-8': Wrapping bar tape - a guide | ELEVEN vélo blog

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Walberg View Post
    Tressostar !
    I wanted some recently for my trainer bike, I swear my LBS used to stock it but they deny that. They had New Baum. It works, but the experience was not the same. I am not coordinated enough to cope with the protective tape at the same time I'm laying down the tape on the bars.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    How'd that prologo stuff hold up boss?
    laughter has no foreign accent.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by musgravecycles View Post
    How'd that prologo stuff hold up boss?
    I REALLY liked how connected my hands felt to the bars however it is an absolute nightmare to remove from the bars. Seriously. I'd wrap it again if they have it in straight black because that's the only color bar tape should be and I like the feel but man it's a wasted 1/2 hr. removing it.

    Currently still loving the old school Fizik wrapped very tight. Nice stuff.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I have used Lizard Skins and currently use Arundel Gecko, but we wear out the surface near the hoods quite quickly. Well, a year or so. Is that actually a really long time? In all other respects Iím a fan of the Gecko stuff.

    Any suggestions? Or is a year a long time anyway?

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Depends on how often you ride. For the bikes I ride most, a year would be an eternity. I didn't like the lizard skins tape because it wore out in that area in about 5 weeks.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Strongin View Post
    Depends on how often you ride. For the bikes I ride most, a year would be an eternity. I didn't like the lizard skins tape because it wore out in that area in about 5 weeks.
    Well, in a good week itís a bit over 8hrs commuting in 10 rides and a bit over three hours of just having fun. In a bad week i donít ride.
    To give you an idea according to Strava my year to date hours per week is about 8 1/2 hours.... yes Lizard Skins went pear shaped quickly!

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    I thought Iíd be clever on my wet weather bike and put a dab of hot glue near the end of the tape before the electrical tape. 2 problems - it squeezed out when compressed and the obvious one is that I just decided to move my hoods and it was a pain to undo - had to use a blade and slice through it then clean up the tape. Should only lose an inch or so from the end so I think I got away with it but it was a stupid idea.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Iíve been trying out a Brooks saddle on a bike and I think I like it. Itís brown though so the black bar tape I have bothers me. Does anyone have any experience of the leather tape they do l? - or am I better with a synthetic one and just matching the colour.

    Best bike which doesnít go out in bad weather if that matters.

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by kdawg View Post
    I’ve been trying out a Brooks saddle on a bike and I think I like it. It’s brown though so the black bar tape I have bothers me. Does anyone have any experience of the leather tape they do l? - or am I better with a synthetic one and just matching the colour.

    Best bike which doesn’t go out in bad weather if that matters.
    It depends on what you look for in a bar tape.

    All bikes in our household have leather bar tapes, wrapping or grips. Rain is not an issue: leather is a much more robust material than many people think. Yes, it's better to give it some care from time to time, such as giving it a very thin application of dressing, but it will outlast any synthetic tape whilst ageing gracefully.

    If you prefer grippy / tacky tape, leather is no good. In the rain, it gets a wee bit slippery, but it's not as slippery as some synthetics get, not enough to be a noticeable issue. I've ridden in biblical conditions, and whatever complaints I had, the bar tape wasn't one of them.

    If you want a cushy tape, again, leather ain't right for you. Of course, you could apply one of those gel thingies (I have a set of Fizik gel strips on one bike) on the bar before you wrap it so you get more or less the same result.

    Leather is heavier than most of the synthetic ones, but if you're rocking on a Brooks saddle, I am guessing that's not a concern for you.
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