Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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.