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Old 06-18-12, 10:54 PM   #1
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Synthetic leather bartape any good?

I like the Brooks look, but not the price.
Anyone used synthetic leather tape? Is it any good?
I figure I could use this until the wallet allows for the Brooks upgrade.
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Old 06-19-12, 01:24 AM   #2
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I like the gel / foam stuff for the cushioning, rather than the looking at it ,
was a cotton black twill tape user, before I began double foam tape wrapping.

I ride rather than stare at my bikes admirably.

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Old 06-19-12, 07:13 AM   #3
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Old 06-19-12, 08:53 AM   #4
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I like the Brooks look, but not the price.
Anyone used synthetic leather tape? Is it any good?
I figure I could use this until the wallet allows for the Brooks upgrade.
Have you actually tried any other bar tape? There are plenty of synthetics out there, actually, I believe most of the bar tape that are not made out of natural cork and leather ARE synthetic.
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I have Brooks leather on two bikes, save your money.
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Cork is a better material to make grips from.

http://store.biketouringnews.com/cus...r-end-shifter/

http://www.amazon.com/Dimension-Cork.../dp/B002M9YFSU

http://www.amazon.com/Ergon-BioKork-...gon+cork+grips
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I have Brooks leather on two bikes, save your money.
What don't you like about it? I've not only never tried it, I've never even seen it. I've thought about it though.
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I thought Deda's synthetic leather bar tape was pretty nice.
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Cork is a better material to make grips from.

http://store.biketouringnews.com/cus...r-end-shifter/
Ohhhhh, I like those.

Mrs. Grouch has a tadpole recumbent with bar end shifters. The foam grips that came with it aren't up to containing the shift cable so I've wrapped them with electrical tape. A classy woman like Mrs. Grouch deserves more elegant hand grips. I'm thinking these might be the ones.
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Cork composite grips wont stretch over the bar end shift cables.
you need to make a clearance groove inside the grip, first.

those guys lay the groove over the outside,,
the bar end cable exits right on the OD of the handle bar tube.
straighter the better.. index shifting hates cable drag.

A roll of cork/foam tape wrapped 2 or 3 times will also do the grip substitution .

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What don't you like about it? I've not only never tried it, I've never even seen it. I've thought about it though.
Dries out it the hot sun, gets clammy and worse after absorbing hand sweat, no cushion unless you wrap it loose.

Leather saddles good, bartape bad...at least in my experience.
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Hey Nightshade, do you have any personal experience with those? The picture of them installed on a bike looks like they've been varnished. Do you have any experience with how the varnish makes them feel?

I'd have to shorten them by about 10mm to fit Mrs. Grouch's trike. I'm thinking that cutting them down and rounding off the cut end shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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Hey Nightshade, do you have any personal experience with those? The picture of them installed on a bike looks like they've been varnished. Do you have any experience with how the varnish makes them feel?

I'd have to shorten them by about 10mm to fit Mrs. Grouch's trike. I'm thinking that cutting them down and rounding off the cut end shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Shellacing saved my brown ones, they look better and have much better grip. Regardless, wouldn't do it again.
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Cork composite grips wont stretch over the bar end shift cables.
you need to make a clearance groove inside the grip, first.

those guys lay the groove over the outside,,
the bar end cable exits right on the OD of the handle bar tube.
straighter the better.. index shifting hates cable drag.

A roll of cork/foam tape wrapped 2 or 3 times will also do the grip substitution .
I've had my eyes open for the "right" grips for her trike every since the foam ones started to split out. Grips that will work with bar end shifters are hard to find. These are the first that I've seen advertised. It would be nice to read a review or hear from somebody who has experience with them.

Frankly, she's happy with the electrical tape but I want something better for her. I'm thinking that using handlebar wrap will probably look goofier than what she has now because it'll still have the same 3/4" of electrical tape to terminate the wrap.
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Hey Nightshade, do you have any personal experience with those? The picture of them installed on a bike looks like they've been varnished. Do you have any experience with how the varnish makes them feel?

I'd have to shorten them by about 10mm to fit Mrs. Grouch's trike. I'm thinking that cutting them down and rounding off the cut end shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Yes, you need to seal them before you use them or the cork will get nasty from skin oils and dirt.

I'm 110% sure Mrs. Grouch would like them since ,once seal coated, they look so classy and feel good too!!
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