Classic & Vintage - Cloth bar tape and gloves (slippery!)
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I'm trying out cloth bar tape for the first time. I like the way it looks, and it feels good to my bare hands. But, it being 25F this morning, I put on my winter gloves, and the combination is really slippery. The gloves are fleece with a rough, grippy material on the palm, and they've always been fine with cork tape.
Has anyone else had this problem? What kind of gloves work well with cloth tape? My winter gloves are on their last legs anyway, so it's not a big deal to replace them with something that will grip better.
I was also planning to shellac the tape if everything went well. Does that help with the grip at all?
03-10-08, 09:40 AM
My sister got me these for christmas:
They work well with cloth tape (i.e. seem grippy enough), but, I have no point of comparison since I only use cloth. On especially cold Brooklyn mornings I use glove liners underneath the gloves.
03-10-08, 09:43 AM
Shellac does add some grippiness to the tape. But I can't use fleece gloves with my cloth tape, even when the tape has shellac on it.
03-10-08, 09:49 PM
I've been riding this winter with my cycling gloves inside a pair of the $5 NYC street-vendor "Thinsulate" fleecy gloves, that have a bit of suede-like material in the palm and up the thumb. I don't have any trouble slipping, either on cloth taped bars, or on the brakes. And it's a fairly warm combination -- they have wrist straps with velcro closure.
It's a fairly tight fit to get the cycling gloves inside them, so maybe that helps. My palms are snug, and the fingertips fit looser
03-11-08, 12:14 AM
I use shellaced cloth on my Bottecchia. I haven't noticed any slipperyness with any of my gloves. In the winter I often use a cheap but thick pair of nylon shell winter gloves and they work fine.
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