How to match bar tape to this bike?
I recently bought a used Litespeed. I'm trying to customize the look so that I'm happy to get on it every day. Pic is attached ... blue decals on a grey titanium frame. I put on a Brooks Swallow B15 saddle in the honey color. I felt OK with the previous owner's tires so I let them be. The brown tire walls somewhat match the Brooks saddle.
The only problem is the bar tape. Any suggestions on what color and brand to get for the bar tape and how to match it to the rest of the bike?
My instinct was to go brown/honey to match the saddle. I don't have 75 bucks to shell out for the matching Brooks tape. So let's cross off that option. [Some buyers say Brooks' tape doesn't match their saddles anyway. Plus I don't want to deal with leather tape getting ruined by rain commutes.] Anyway, is a brown triumvirate of saddle, tires, and bar tape just too much brown, or too drab?
I did try to the match the tape to the blue decals using a Cinelli light blue tape. The result was truly unsightly, as you can see. So I'm left scratching my head ...
Any suggestions [about the tape or whatever else related to the bike] very welcome. Thanks.