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Old 04-01-10, 02:26 PM   #1
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Handle bar tape

The tape on my right grip is coming off, so it's time to replace it. My plan is to go to the bike shop, and get the softest or most padded tape they have, then go home and apply it. But I know that sometimes squishy actually creates the kinds of problems you're trying to solve, so I wonder if there's anything counter-intuitive that I should know before I fix this?

I've always had mountain and "hybrid" bikes in the past; I got my first cyclocross this past July at a used bike sale. If it matters, I do most of my riding on pavement, but I do enjoy dirt trails, and even stairs from time to time. Never having had a drop handlebar ( ram horns ) bike before, I'm probably a bit behind.

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what kind of problem are you talking about? I have always used Specialized Bar Phat which has a quite thick gel insert under the tape. I have wrist problems and without it, I wouldn't be able to ride. Never had a problem with it and it usually lasts until I crash.
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Yeah, I think you're OK with padding on the bar.
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So it sounds like there's no hidden gotcha to be aware of ... whatever seems good in the shop is probably going to work out on the road. Thanks!

Oh, and I'm not having any problems with the current stuff, other than it unraveling. But I think I've heard that seats (?) with too much padding wind up being bad for some reason or other on long rides, which is a bit counter-intuitive, and made me think I should ask about this before picking something.
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+1 on the Bar Phat... very good stuff.
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But I think I've heard that seats (?) with too much padding wind up being bad for some reason or other on long rides, which is a bit counter-intuitive, and made me think I should ask about this before picking something.
This is because you "sink in" and pressure is put on soft tissue instead of your sitbones. With a hard saddle(the more common term for seat), you don't sink in and your weight rests on your sit bones(where you want it), which is much better for longer rides.
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I wrap the curves of the bars with an old tube, then cover with the new bar tape.
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I like this stuff

http://www.arundelbike.com/gecko.html?p=1.1.3.1

It is thicker and more durable than cork tape. The only downside is it can be a little slick when wet.
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Has anyone used leather bar tape and have any opinions on it?
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I used the sew up Elk Hide covers from Velo Orange for about a year and a half or so. Cushion was non existent and they were slippery when wet, but they lasted longer than anything else I have used.
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So, I got a set of Fizik tape, with gel "pads" that go on the bars, but underneath the tape. They don't feel as squishy as I expected, but so far everything is working out. The old tape started unraveling, and the main thing I notice is that my hands don't get so cold when they're not in contact with the metal bars...
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