I picked up an early 90's Bridgestone RBT with original white vinyl bar tape that is in super condition. Thing is, i am typically riding with my hands on the top bar, and would like a bit softer grip. Realize I can use gloves but I have some nice cork bar tape that I used on another bike, that feels really nice and cushy. Does anyone over-wrap tape over just certain areas of the bar where you are typically holding it for greater comfort? or is this a dumb idea for some reason I cannot come up with? suggestions and or pictures appreciated!
I've come to like the current "oversize" bars on my newer bike. I wanted to get the same beefy grip on my bikes from the 90s. Rather than buy new bars, stems, and quill-to-threadless adapters, I've double-wrapped the bars to beef them up. Works nice.
I found "cush" can be controlled by how much you stretch the tape as you wrap it. More stretch yields less cush. My first attempt felt like I was holding the bars through a pillow. Now they're stretched pretty tight. I get the extra thickness I want without the extra cush. If you're looking for more cush, don't stretch as you wrap.
This applies to both layers, BTW. I suppose you could find something in between by wrapping the base layer stretched tight and the outer layer not so stretched. I suppose too you could only partially wrap the bars on the base layer, doing a full wrap on only the outer one.
I double wrap mine for the same 'fat hand' effect. If you want to keep the original tape in its good condition, you can pull off the self-adhesive tape from the inside of your cork tape. The overlap will keep it in place, and you can finish it off with electrical tape (in whatever color you want to coordinate with).
I've double wrapped many times, often over Cinelli cork tape, which looks and feels good but lasts about a week. I've also wrapped over an old inner tube, over strips cut from a yoga mat and over pipe insulation (too thick; took it off after one ride). It's your bike, you can do anything you want with it.
not sure what the ????s are for? will say that it is a bit of a gloat to get an essentially new RB-T, did have to pay $250 for it. got from original owner who says she rode it about 12-15 times before she had some health issues and it sat in her shed ever since. BTW love the "retro grouch" handle. I have just recently found out what that term is all about and have to say I have been a retro grouch for a long time before I ever knew who Grant P was. Here is a picture. (hope it comes thru I am still figuring out how to attach)