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Old 04-12-11, 07:50 AM   #1
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skinny drop bars and bar tape?

I have a raleigh reliant bike from the early to mid 70s. The bars are drops but they are really skinny. They measure about 22mm. They fatten up a the point where they clamp to the stem but over all, the whole bar gripping area is 22mm.

They came with the generic plastic bar wrap of the period which has no cushioning. I need to replace it because it is ragged and looks horrible.

That said...what are my options on these bars? I would think the foam wrap might wrap and look strange on these skinny of bars. Should i go cloth? That is what i was thinking. Its probably the most pliable.

ANyone have any experience with these skinner bars? I do believe i have a schwinn traveler of the same period that is in the same boat.
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I would use cloth. That was the standard upgrade when the bike was new.
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I use a set of Schwinn bars that are really narrow diameter like that.

I went with sew-on leather covering. Cloth is more correct though
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Yes, wrapped cloth tape. Looks classic. Not much cushioning, but that's what padded gloves are for.
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Bike Ribbon Padded Bar Tape. Just thick enough to give you some padding, not so out of place on a vintage bike to look funny. Easiest stuff to wrap ever.

http://www.speedgoat.com/Catalog.asp...132&Prod=16956

And wow, Speedgoat has it for $4.32 a box right now...sheesh!!!!

EDIT: Damnit, black is backorderd.

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im on my way to the lbs to look for the cloth stuff. I saw the blue ribbon stuff but black is back ordered. Jenson has it for about 8.50 per roll. Thought that was a bit high for online pricing. Id rather pay that profit to the lbs.
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22mm is really skinny and not much fun for your hands. What you need is some of those funky foam handgrips that feel like Nerf balls and disintegrate just as quickly.
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Bike Ribbon Padded Bar Tape. Just thick enough to give you some padding, not so out of place on a vintage bike to look funny. Easiest stuff to wrap ever.

http://www.speedgoat.com/Catalog.asp...132&Prod=16956

And wow, Speedgoat has it for $4.32 a box right now...sheesh!!!!

EDIT: Damnit, black is backorderd.
+1 on the Bike Ribbon... Love it !!

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...and the lbs doesnt have cloth tape.....

looks like another online order.

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...and the lbs doesnt have cloth tape.....

looks like another online order.

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no more than they would have a quill stem, a freewheel or 27" tires...

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What you need is some of those funky foam handgrips that feel like Nerf balls and disintegrate just as quickly.
Oh that's wrong. I have a set of 22mm Raleigh drops with cloth tape, as rootboy stated they are just fine with riding gloves.

The only place foam bar covers belong are on the pipes in your basment
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If you wish to get a touch more cushion, wrap them twice with cloth, or like I do sometimes with a couple layers of hockey tape underneath. Hockey tape is about $3.00 per roll depending on the brand and will wrap probably 4 sets of bars twice. Can't get cheaper than that.

I put on the hockey tape, one or two layers and then put the cloth on over that. Adds a little to the diameter and like I said, a touch of cushion. You could also just use hockey tape and leave it alone, but I like the herringbone look of the cloth tape and always go that route.
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When vinyl was all we had, we thought it was enough.
I wrapped mine over tennis racket grip tape.
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if you're doing cloth tape check out www.twilltape.com

Lots of sizes. Not Lots of colors, but they've got the good ones.
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