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Old 04-24-05, 04:02 PM   #1
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Comparing Cotton Bar Tapes

What is the difference between Velox and Cateye bar tape? Is one thicker/softer than the other? I'm looking into getting some real bar tape (as opposed to my current set-up of adhesive athletic tape). My LBS carries both for about the same price. Does anyone have any first hand experience with either of these two tapes? Which do you prefer?
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I haven't tried the velox, but I've used cateye for over a decade and love it.

My latest hooptie bike has the 'viva' bar tape over a few layers of cateye, and it is indeed a bit softer, but nothing to write home about.
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Alright. I'm thinkin' that I'll make this a Saturday project. Just get some black tape (I think black only comes Cateye at my LBS), a can of Bullseye shellac, and a cheap-o brush. AL I have to do is figure out the cleanest way to remove my current layers of tape.

And should I go with one or two layers of this stuff? Ah, decisions, decisions...
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Well before you get started maybe you ought to look at this just to throw you in more of a quandry....

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I posted a link to a How to on shellac and bars in the thread
posted by kokoro. check it out.

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http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...ight=snakeskin

Here's my cotton bar tape weave plus shellac project on my commuter fixie. I used yellow and brown velox tape and amber shellac. Midway through the winter I added a coat or two of shellac to brighten-up a couple dulled spots. I like it alot.
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I'm planning on shellacing, but don't really wanna go with the snakeskin/harlequin wrap. I like it, but not for my oldie...
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