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Old 11-10-10, 10:17 PM   #1
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What type of bar tape do you use??

Any bad experiences with a certain brand?

Any tape you absolutely love?
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Old 11-10-10, 11:15 PM   #2
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Hmmm, I don't even use bar tape much. Just in the drops up to the brake-levers. And then I get whatever colour is available at the LBS that goes well with the rest of my bike and shoes.
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Old 11-10-10, 11:21 PM   #3
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Fizik microtex bar tape. Love it to death, although I've been contemplating some Sram Supercork.
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Old 11-10-10, 11:48 PM   #4
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I've been happy with Bontrager "gel" tape. I don't care for the cork tape, it doesn't stretch as well when I'm trying to wrap the bars. The worst is the cheap cork tape that comes with those worthless chromed-plastic plugs that don't stay in the end of the bar for more than 5 minutes.
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Old 11-10-10, 11:53 PM   #5
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Whatever's on sale, as long as it's black (does not show dirt and goes with any paint cheme).
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Old 11-10-10, 11:54 PM   #6
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can't go wrong with deda foam or cinelli cork.
I should try fizik microtex, but I just don't have any bars I need to wrap up right now.

I'm going to try some BBB cork, which is 1/2 price of the other two I mentioned.
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Old 11-10-10, 11:59 PM   #7
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+1 for Fizik Microtex bar tape. It's slightly more work to get a good tight wrap, but after that it's the most durable and pleasant feeling tape out there.
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Old 11-11-10, 12:01 AM   #8
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Bontrager gel tape, LBS had all the "unpopular" colors on sale and I like it
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Old 11-11-10, 02:29 AM   #9
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+2 for Fizik. I used some profile designs gel and it was a pain keeping the plugs in the bar ends, but it was comfy.
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Old 11-11-10, 02:33 AM   #10
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Cloth. That's just how I roll
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Big fan of Bontrager Gel. Feels just like Cinelli at half the price.
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I've had excellent service with Profile Design's bar tape. It's non adhesive so you can adjust it a couple of times to get the wrap right and even reuse it if you have to change cable housings or remove a brifter or brake lever but it doesn't slip if wrapped snugly. The price is reasonable and it's been very durable.
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Whatever's on sale, as long as it's black (does not show dirt and goes with any paint cheme).
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I've been happy with Bontrager "gel" tape. s.
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Two of my bikes have Cinelli cork, which I prefer. My distance bike, which is most likely to be caught in the rain has Sampson foam tape. I'd never heard of it before I bought it, but it's held up well.

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Newbaum's cloth tape with shellac, Brooks leather wrap or Velo Orange elkhide sew-on.
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Old 11-11-10, 10:48 AM   #17
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Big fan of Bontrager Gel. Feels just like Cinelli at half the price.
I've used gel cork from Bontrager, Cinelli, and Performance Forte.
All the same thing, only difference is the plugs, and the logo stamped on the tape.
Forte costs the least and has no logo, and I prefer the clean look.
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Old 11-11-10, 11:09 AM   #18
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Deda tape was too short for my 42cm Nitto 'bars. Bontrager and Salsa Gel Cork (same stuff?) are plenty long enough, and hold up pretty well.
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Deda tape was too short for my 42cm Nitto 'bars. Bontrager and Salsa Gel Cork (same stuff?) are plenty long enough, and hold up pretty well.
I think it depends on how much you overlap, because I wrapped up my 42mm nitto 115 bars just fine with deda tape.
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bontrager gel or profile designs. both are cheap and work well. dislike fizik microtex
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Old 11-11-10, 06:59 PM   #21
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I like Profile Designs, Performance Forte, and Nashbar's. For my bar plugs I use plugs that expand inside the handlebar tube with a center screw. Absolutely won't come out.
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For my bar plugs I use plugs that expand inside the handlebar tube with a center screw. Absolutely won't come out.
Yep, those Velox plugs are REALLY secure but heavy and hard to find.

I like the chromed metal plugs with the curved prongs that look a bit like an oversized bottle cap. They snap into the bar ends firmly and never fall out. They are also big enough to stay put in an empty bar which I need since Iwrap my bars from the ends toward the stem and use a bit of electrical tape to anchor the first wrap instead of tucking it into the bar end.

The reflective Bontrager plugs sold by Trek are equally tight in an open bar end but you've got to be willing to advertise for Bontrager since they have a big "B" engraved on them.
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My touring bike got a number of 'off the front' 'grip shape' lumps, that , when added,
broadened the upper surface to be flatish. a comfortable shape..
then laid over them with sheet neoprene, then cotton taped over the works.

20 years ago I used GrabOn sleeves on top overlaid them with cotton tape.

Generic padded tape, 2 layers, is how I covered the Trekking bars,
on another bike..
It came with foam sleeves, but double 'cork' tape wraps makes it fatter
diameter for comfort, with the replacement of 1 trekking bar for another ..

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Cinelli black cork.
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The cheapest cork available with no adhesive back. Cloth for vintage.
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