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    Handlebar Wraps

    I have a question about how difficult it is to find different colors of handlebar wraps ... and have them installed ... so that they match the color of the saddle. I'm thinking about having a bike painted green ... and if I get an antique brown Brooks saddle ... it would look cool to have matching antique brown leather handlebar wraps.

    For example, in the photo album that Louis sent us, his bike has blue handlebar wraps. How in the world can you find turqoise-blue leather (looks like leather) handlebar wraps?
    http://www.kodakgallery.com/ShareLan...fromshare&Ux=0

    So, is it best to just ask the LBS to find & install the handlebar wraps ... or should I start by asking Brooks if they have matching antique brown handlebar wraps that would match their antique brown B17?

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    Try Waterford bike's web page in the Odd and ends section they have Brooks leather bar wrap

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    Fining different colored bar tape isn't too hard at all. Just doing a google search turns up lots of sources for the stuff. Brooks makes leather handlebar wrap in three colors (that I know of) in Black, Honey and Antique Brown, and you can find it all over the web.

    Installing handlebar tape is one of the easiest things you can do yourself. Just following some instructions and exercising a bit of care and you can easily do it yourself. And, it's fun! Park Tool's website has some excellent instructions on this and many other repairs you can do yourself.

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    Thanks for the information provided so far. Are there any cleaning/maintenance issues for leather items on your bike, for example leather Brooks B17 and leather Brooks handlebar wrap? I wouldn't leave my bike in the rain, but are there cleaning/maintenance tips you should follow as soon as you come back from riding in the rain?

    Worse case: What if you get mud on a leather saddle or on leather handlebar wrap?

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    Actually I did see Brooks leather handlebar wrap somewhere. As I remember the question was about whether any handlebar wrap could be worth that much money.

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    Some people use "natural cork" colored wrap to match a Brooks leather saddle. Not very pricey either.

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    For cork wrap that matches the Brooks "honey" leather saddle color, you can use Cinelli brand tan or yellow cork tape then apply several coats of Bullseye amber shellac until you get the right shade. Best match to my saddle was with the yellow tape + 3 coats of shellac. Do a search for the threads on shellac bar tape for pictures. P.S. Cork tape is $12-$15 vs the Brooks leather bar tape at $50. Don

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    Cork is sounding pretty good right about now...

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    Nashbar has "natural cork" tape for $7.95. I have no idea as to the quality thereof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
    Nashbar has "natural cork" tape for $7.95. I have no idea as to the quality thereof.
    Nashbar cork tape feels good and holds up well. It is often on sale for less than that. With a few layers of shellac, I would think the cheapest available cork tape would hold up pretty well.
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