I'm getting trekking/butterfly bars, and will actually need to use bar tape. I've been using stock flat bars with grips. I was curious about the differences between gel and cork. Especially these areas:
1) How do they behave when wet?
2) How easy are they to put on? (do they tear?)
3) How comfortable are they?
Last edited by oban_kobi; 10-24-10 at 09:11 PM.
Reason: Changed mind
I got some gel/foam tape, the 'gel' was a wipe of some stuff that was just a little bit of traction,
to hold the wrap, not much shock absorption effect.
I wrap my trekking bars twice , first layer old tape. then a wrap of new stuff.
Combined its quite comfortable.
My [ITM] trekking bars came with foam sleeves on them
I've been using simple foam tape, no cork, no gel, for the past few years and prefer it to any tape I've used over the years. It is comfortable, works well when wet, is easy to clean (if you're into clean bar tape) and can be found very cheap so you can change it whenever you want. I usually buy a couple of rolls of Deda from probikekit when I need it and have also used house brand from Nashbar and Performance and they were great as well.