Touring - Who makes the best Gel Cork Handlebar tape?
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09-03-10, 08:48 AM
Since most people can afford the best handlebar tape, what would you recommend for touring? I donít really see a lot of reviews on handlebar tape.
Two that appear to be comfortable are:
Salsa Gel Cork
Bontrager Gel Cork
Soma Thick 'n' Zesty (Really should be a Salsa brand)
09-03-10, 10:28 AM
I use specialized bar phat with the full gel pads underneathe. For $20, pretty good.
09-03-10, 11:04 AM
I like the Cinelli gel cork. I used to go for the standard (non-gel) version but recently realized that the gel one doesn't have the super-sticky adhesive strip, but rather a removable tacky one - so it's much easier to rewrap if you need to do that. You can also stretch it a bit while putting it on the bar, to make it smooth around the bends. I don't know if it's the best or most durable out there, but it is comfy and feels nice on the hands.
I have also successfully double wrapped it on the top portion of the drop bars - this makes the bars thicker and perhaps less likely to cause ulnar nerve damage.
p.s. I also like the 3M Scotch Super 88 Vinyl Electrical Tape for finishing the bar wrap:
09-03-10, 11:38 AM
09-03-10, 11:50 AM
Personally love the Cinelli gel cork tape as well. About $20.
09-03-10, 12:09 PM
I've been happy with the feel and longevity of the Bontrager Gel Cork. I have small hands, so I like the Bontrager bar/tape combination I have as the total width is on the narrow side. Don't really like thick bars or double tape.
Also easy to re-wrap and stretches well around the bends.
09-03-10, 03:30 PM
I just put some nashbar tape on with some gel pads underneath. Though not cork, it was easy to put on & with the pads it works well for me
09-03-10, 06:06 PM
yip hard to beat cinelli
09-03-10, 08:04 PM
I have large hands (XL gloves), so I put gel pads on, then wrap with one layer of whatever is handy, then wrap over that with Cinelli Gel Crok tape. Makes it fat enough for my big mits!:thumb:
09-03-10, 08:18 PM
Looks like Cinelli Gel Cork handle bar tape is pretty popular. That is what my local bike shop stocks as well.
I just ordered my bike build kit and included Cinelli Gel Cork for my selection.
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