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Old 07-08-14, 02:42 PM   #51
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Thanks rootboy ;o)

I combine the double layer of Shimano Pro gel tape with leather fingerless, knit-back gloves. The leather gives an excellent grip and I feel very much attached to the bar. Leather is a bit of a pain to care for but I'd rather leave a bit of it on the ground than some of my own 'leather' (have done both).

I don't mind finishing off a tape job with electrical tape. It may not last forever and does leave a residue. I'll eventually choose something more permanent and less gooey, but, while I'm still fiddling with my cockpit -- it's fine.

BTW: They use it by the kilo on "Le Tour."

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Old 07-08-14, 07:00 PM   #52
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Agreed. Scotch 33+ is great. Splurge a little and get the good stuff.
+1 I started using this and it is flat out superior to any other electrical tape I have tried. It sticks to itself very well.
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OP; Actually didn't know that the correct types of tape intended for bikes was all that hard to find...????
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Old 07-09-14, 01:10 PM   #54
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OP; Actually didn't know that the correct types of tape intended for bikes was all that hard to find...????
I don't think it is. In the internet age, everything is only a brown truck away.

I am surprised by how often electrical tape is mentioned for handlebar tape (as well as wiring harnesses in the auto world) and how often you see a sticky gooey mess on handlebars (or wire harnesses in the auto world). Loom tape is offered up as an option that may, or may not, be suitable for bikes. I tried it a while back and it worked great until the bike was transported via car and the 60 - 80 MPH wind worked it loose. For sure, there is no sticky mess. I took the loose tape off, wrapped it around the handlebar wrap and tied a knot in it as a temporary fix until I got home. It is now rewrapped with loom tape... the experiment continues.
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just use a little goo-gone if the tape leaves any stickiness behind
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