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  • Leather

    31 18.56%
  • Cloth

    11 6.59%
  • Cork or Other similar

    77 46.11%
  • Plastic

    41 24.55%
  • Figure 8

    46 27.54%
  • Double Wrap (two layers)

    14 8.38%
  • Wrap in two directions Lower CW Upper CCW

    7 4.19%
  • 3M Black Electrical Tape

    27 16.17%
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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.

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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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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    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?

    Fizik microtex on all my bikes, though I'll try the lizard skins stuff next time.
     

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    Love leather. I have handlebra on 3 bikes. Does not last 5 years with me, in particular the red one. My favorite is the busyman on the Crumpton.


     

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I'm a fan of the Arundel Gecko Grip, it lasts super long wear well and is well priced. I have many clients who also like the Cinelli Volee tape, it's super sticky like a tennis racket, guess one of my friends who likes it!

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Ding ding ding:)
     

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by SignatureJustin View Post
    I'm a fan of the Arundel Gecko Grip, it lasts super long wear well and is well priced. I have many clients who also like the Cinelli Volee tape, it's super sticky like a tennis racket, guess one of my friends who likes it!
    I love the Volee too. My only complaint - it doesn't stretch as much as it should. I like tape that lays down flat and doesn't want to pucker at those areas where the bar changes in shape or you have to work around the brake lever.

    It's a minor compalint given the quality of the wrap and the resulting stickiness. But hey, next time the Cinelli rep stops by tell him/her there's room for improvement.
     

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I don't think I have used the same tape twice in a row on my road bike, though I did enjoy the Fizik Microtex while I had it. On my SSCX bike, which sees a lot of singletrack and tree roots, I run the cushy Specialized Roubaix tape. It is well cushioned and works well with my sweaty hands in the summer. On that bike my wrap looks something like this, as I am being beaten to death and pulling on the hoods from all directions I like having tape just about anywhere my fingers will land with plenty of coverage on top of the hoods. The tape pictured is just Profile cork used for initial setup of that bike...meh.

     

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Benotto on most of my rides. But I'm starting to run low on the stuff. Not because it's wearing out, I just keep getting new bikes.
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Cinelli Cork is the best stuff I know of. I've tried others and always come back for more of this.
    La Cheeserie!

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Tried a lot, and keep on trying new stuff. I like the fizik microtex ok (have the white with black logos on my Hampsten and it looks sharp and is easy to keep clean) but last summer I found that I liked riding gloveless more than trying to find a comfortable glove. The microtex got a bit slippery on hot sweaty days. I have a roll of the newer fizik performance tacky version in white waiting for me to find some dedicated time to recable and rewrap. We'll see how that works for me.

    Have Bontrager gel tape in black on my cx/rain bike. That works well for me.

    I am intrigued by Ray's stuff, but a bit cautious about the white, and I may have to check out the Prologo based on TTs recommendation.

    My criteria: wraps well (end result, I can put up with a little work to get it right), medium cush, good grip, looks sharp in white and is relatively easy to keep that way.

    Seeing some of the pics here could start another thread on wrapping technique (figure 8, or use the small strips) -- or not :)
     

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by teleguy57 View Post

    I am intrigued by Ray's stuff, but a bit cautious about the white, and I may have to check out the Prologo based on TTs recommendation.

    My criteria: wraps well (end result, I can put up with a little work to get it right), medium cush, good grip, looks sharp in white and is relatively easy to keep that way.
    I just put on a roll of Ray's stuff yesterday on the Hampsten. It worked pretty well but it did take effort to not have it creased up under itself on the curvy part of the bars. I used one strip of tape over the brake lever clamp and this allowed me to have no bar showing. There is no padding but it seems nicer than the pleather that is Fizik tape, which I have on the Zanconato at the moment.

    The Serotta CIII I just built up has Deda tape and that seems to have a nice amount of grippiness and padding but is not overly thick. Cinelli cork gets dirty fast and if that bothers people it's best to go with the black tape.

    Here's a photo of the Handlebra up close.

    La Cheeserie!

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I recently just went weight weenie on the Sachs with a new carbon bar so it deserved a new hb. The old one was 3 years old and dead.

     

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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Personally, I'm up for "plain" ones, not too thick.
    Like the traditional Cinelli or the S-Wrap, or Fizik.

    See an example





    As far as the "how-to", have a look here, text is in italian, but I made some decent pictures:
    Nastrare un manubrio da corsa | Bdc-forum.it | Bici da corsa



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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by SignatureJustin View Post
    I'm a fan of the Arundel Gecko Grip, it lasts super long wear well and is well priced. I have many clients who also like the Cinelli Volee tape, it's super sticky like a tennis racket, guess one of my friends who likes it!
    Recently installed the Arundel Geko, is feels very grippy and looks like is going to last.
    Not very "pliable" tho, needs to be stretched with vigour around the hoods
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    Default Re: Handlebar Tape - What cha' wrapping?

    I've only ever used Cinelli cork and more recently the Arundel cork. The Arundel tape is a bit thicker and since I tinker a lot it's easier to remove than the stupid #$%& Cinelli tape.
     

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