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    Velo-orange elkhide barwrap

    Anyone here have the velo orange elk hide wrap on bull horns. I'm thinking of getting some for my RB021's just wanna make sure it long enough. Also, they say pre-formed on the site. I take it this is the curve of road drops. thats not an issue, as it can be worked to fit any curve, just wanna make sure they don't have cut outs for hoods.

    Any pics of these? horns or drops

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    if they're long enough for drops, they'll be long enough for bullhorns - you'll have to cut the excess. the VO website says pre-perforated not pre-formed, which means there are holes punched into the leather for easier sewing. And they are not pre-cut for hoods.

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    Thanks. I must have read wrong.

    Anyone have any pics and their thoughts?

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    PM Rad over in the roadie forum. He's got some and they look killer.

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    I was definitely thinking of getting these. I was wondering how they felt though before purchasing them. Do they give enough cushioning? Is it equal to cloth, vinyl, or cork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by planyourfate View Post
    I was definitely thinking of getting these. I was wondering how they felt though before purchasing them. Do they give enough cushioning? Is it equal to cloth, vinyl, or cork?
    i use Selle leather bar tape on my bullhorns w/ my touring bike. not as comfy as cork, which I have on my track bike. leather absorbs less shock than cork. dunno about vinyl or cloth.
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    Bigbris has some on his orange beast and they look real sick, i would get some i could convince myself to spend that much on them.

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    Heres mine on my 617's, Absolutely love it! If you do it I suggest buying old school cloth wrap and wrapping everything with that first to bulk up the bars as well as keep the leather from twisting as much. Mine holds up great in the rain so far too, but it does stay wet for a little bit. They were easy to install just took a little patience. I cut mine down further but these were the grips not the drops and I cut probably 3 inches off each side. If your thinking about them I'd do it, love them! Price is worth it too when you cmpare it to nice bar tape it's not much more.



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    They do look good. Gonna stop tomorrow and pic some up. Gonna be in the area anyways, so why pay shipping right...

    I may get a set of the grips too for a project coming up.

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    I have it on my Cross Check. I wish I would have wrapped the bars with cotton tape first like was suggested above, because there isn't any padding. I decided to try it because I was tired of tearing up cork tape every time I take a spill on the trails. It has held up for two years of use, so it works like I had hoped.
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    Here ya go. I would highly suggest using some of that 1" mounting tape on the whole bar before you install. Since it is leather-like it will expand and the thick double sided tape under the whole wrap will keep it from moving and is far more comfortable than an under-cloth wrap, in my opinion. You will have to do some serious stretching to stitch around the bends and I think cutting hood holes might rip the material.

    I apologize for the poor photo quality but you get what you get.








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    Also if you look at my second picture you can sort of see that I actually did an extra wrap step with my string around both ends on each grip. I basically did self tightening loops around the ends to keep an extra tight area where they are most likely to move on you. I have not seen anyone else do it but it's really worked well!

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    I have it on my commuter, & I agree that you should use the cloth tape underneath to keep it from slipping.

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    Are those the soma sparrow bars? I was looking at getting those.

    How do you like the ride with them?

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    I had them on my drop, just take time and make sure to have a helping hand, I found that if you wrap the bar first with a couple layers of hockey tape then it would hold the leather in place much better, also if you pre-soak the leather before putting it on, you don't have to stretch it as much and risking tearing the leather, after the leather dried up it will fit much better. I have them on 2 of my bikes for more than 2 years and they still look and feel soft like the first day by rubbing them each week with good old hand lotion and let it sit overnite.

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    Yeah, those are the Sparrows. I like them a lot. They position me in such a way that my weight is centered over the pedals & carrying a heavy bag puts minimal strain on my back.

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    I just put these on my bullhorns, I got the shorter "hand grips" set and they feel fantastic. I can try and take some pictures tomorrow for ya. It's been approx -10 degrees outside so I haven't had the chance to ride the fixed gear much.

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    These wraps squirm and rotate under aggressive riding, especially when it's hot outside. Don't use it on a fast bike.

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    They don't move if you use cloth tape underneath.

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    Picked up a pair at velo orange today, honey. Thinking of using hemp twine to stitch em on. Also got a pair of grips for a different bike. I'll post pics when I get them on.

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    yuck.
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    Does not leather get slippery when wet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanTemplar View Post
    They don't move if you use cloth tape underneath.
    I used cloth tape underneath.

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    I want to like stitch-on leather, but it just doesnt work for me - they either look too harley-davidson or like a sausage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN View Post
    I used cloth tape underneath.
    Strange, mine haven't moved at all.

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