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    What color handlebar tape for this bike?

    I'm wondering if I can get even one person to answer with a color other than black.

    Yeah, I know black makes the most sense and is always correct. But how about a dash of color on this otherwise blah-looking black and silver bike?

    The frame has a slightly greenish tint to the silver and I'm really temped to try some green tape. Purple might work too, but is it too girly? Yellow? Dark blue? Bright red with matching bottle cages and tires? I like the current saddle, but it's torn, so that's a possible color change item too. Maybe brown and brown like the Brooks guys like to do?

    Here are some pictures in different light. Sometimes this bike looks green and other times it's looks plain silver, such as next to the silver car.









    Let the arguing begin!

    Many thanks.

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    Get one of these in the light blue and find bar tape to match. That would add a very subtle bit of color but wouldn't fight with any of the other colors currently on the bike. It's an excellent saddle as well. I'm probably buying the Ladle in black when I get the funds.
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    Mango!
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    I've got a red frame that leans toward orange. I went with Lizard Skin's orange tape. While a clear violation of "The Rules" it looks cool. Of course I can't post it in the 41s

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    Not black or white.
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    I'm afraid you are stuck with black on that bike.

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    I can't see anything other than black on that bike. Maybe if you changed the saddle and bottle cages to a different color and went with tape to match, but... right now it has to be black.

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    Lavender.....

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    I'd try and find a blue that matches the lettering

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doughboy6 View Post
    I'd try and find a blue that matches the lettering
    I didn't even notice the blue in the lettering. So I amend my earlier comment: if you can find something like this which matches the blue...



    ...that would look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamtim View Post
    I didn't even notice the blue in the lettering.
    I think that's purple.
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    Thanks guys! I appreciate y'all taking the time to comment.

    Even though not a roadie myself - this will be my first summer on a road bike - I though splash tape was officially verboten in the 21st Century. Maybe I've just been lurking here for too long?

    The Specialized lettering and other detail is purple, not blue. I had thought of something like this (just the tape, not the cages, etc.) to match the Specialized logo but it seems kind of overpowering and a bit feminine.

    (image found via google)



    I should probably just go with black and be safe, but I'm a little tired of always being safe. I drive a plain jane silver Honda Accord already, and I kinda don't want to ride the same kind of invisible vanilla bike, if that makes any sense at all.

    I might try navy blue. Every LBS on the planet seems to carry it, and I can always change back to black if I get too many snarky comments about breaking The Rules as you seasoned roadies blow by me this spring as I try to get used to tight britches and some kind of foot restraint system - the latter something I have so far conveniently ignored.

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    Last edited by dtrain; 03-11-14 at 04:09 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
    I think that's purple.
    It could be. My comment stands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
    I though splash tape was officially verboten in the 21st Century.
    Huh. I didn't even know it was called splash tape. Learn something new every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doughboy6 View Post
    I'd try and find a blue that matches the lettering
    X2 and pick up some blue Jag Wire cables to match.

    I should have read all of the way through before commenting.
    Last edited by 02Giant; 03-11-14 at 05:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
    Thanks guys! I appreciate y'all taking the time to comment.

    Even though not a roadie myself - this will be my first summer on a road bike - I though splash tape was officially verboten in the 21st Century. Maybe I've just been lurking here for too long?

    The Specialized lettering and other detail is purple, not blue. I had thought of something like this (just the tape, not the cages, etc.) to match the Specialized logo but it seems kind of overpowering and a bit feminine.

    (image found via google)



    I should probably just go with black and be safe, but I'm a little tired of always being safe. I drive a plain jane silver Honda Accord already, and I kinda don't want to ride the same kind of invisible vanilla bike, if that makes any sense at all.

    I might try navy blue. Every LBS on the planet seems to carry it, and I can always change back to black if I get too many snarky comments about breaking The Rules as you seasoned roadies blow by me this spring as I try to get used to tight britches and some kind of foot restraint system - the latter something I have so far conveniently ignored.
    No really, purple is the real deal! You should keep the cages and see if Recovered Saddles can redo the saddle in purple leather. That would rock.
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    I'd do purple as well. However, if you consider purple to be "girly" you're probably not man enough to have purple tape.

    Honestly, at most you're out $40.
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    If you're not going to go with the light blue Charge Spoon saddle and matching tape then I join the mob clamoring for purple all the way. Oh and you get big points for following the Rules regarding the correct number of bottle cages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    Get one of these in the light blue and find bar tape to match. That would add a very subtle bit of color but wouldn't fight with any of the other colors currently on the bike. It's an excellent saddle as well. I'm probably buying the Ladle in black when I get the funds.
    +1

    This would be 100% perfect and anyone who suggests otherwise simply has no sense of aesthetics.



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    Black Newbaum's, shellacked

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    BTW, I know where you can get those rims powder coated to match the tape and recovered saddle. Problem is you would have to break the wheels down in advance, then rebuild them after. Still, it would look great. I am doing it on a Ti frame with yellow.
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    It's bartape fer crissakes. Buy a color that you think you might like and try it out. If you don't like it, change it. If you don't care about the rules, then let your personal taste be your guide.

    Otherwise...mango and nothing but mango
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    This is why you go Mango...or something close to it...with bare metal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
    This is why you go Mango...or something close to it...with bare metal...

    Very handsome. Mango forever.
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