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    Alternatives to Brooks Leather Bar Tape?

    Hey,
    I would really like some Brooks leather bar tape for my bike, but I would not like to pay close to $100 for it.
    Does anyone know of any other alternative makers of leather bar tape?
    Or is the Brooks stuff actually worth the money?
    Thanks.

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    I'm sorry, but I do not think any bar tape is "worth" $100 (actually $80ish). Does the Brooks tape look nice? Yes. Is it comfortable? More than likely. However, my $7 Deda cork tape is comfortable, looks pretty nice, and costs a lot less.

    Unless you have unlimited funds for your bike, I would suggest using the $80 towards a performance upgrade. Just my 2 cents.

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    the brooks tape is awesome. it breaks in really nicely.
    velo-orange makes a knock off version that is probably nicer, and perforated.




    they also have sew-on covers, which i think look better.
    never used either though.

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    http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...th=188_408_764

    Scroll to the bottom, they have black and brown Toshi leather bar tape, $44.99, as well as velo-orange style leather wrap, $49.99.
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    A cheap alternative is to make your own, start out with an old leather coat from a thrift store and go from there. Czech out this blog: http://busymanbicycles.blogspot.com/
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    Dunno if its actually leather but TORELLI has some for $17:
    http://www.torelli.com/parts/Tipounoparts.html


    Theres also non leather brown tape like:
    Salsa Gel Cork in Brown
    SOMA Cork in Brown

    Also found these from a Canadian Company called OCTTO:
    Gel Cork


    Microfiber tape:


    And Check it FAUX WOOD foam!!!


    http://www.octto.com

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    dude, you can get real wood grips from rivendell

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    Those octto grips look really nice.

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    you guys are my heroes, thanks for saving me cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkowa092 View Post
    I'm sorry, but I do not think any bar tape is "worth" $100 (actually $80ish). Does the Brooks tape look nice? Yes. Is it comfortable? More than likely. However, my $7 Deda cork tape is comfortable, looks pretty nice, and costs a lot less.

    Unless you have unlimited funds for your bike, I would suggest using the $80 towards a performance upgrade. Just my 2 cents.
    leather is far more durable and lasting than cork. I have toshi tape that I purchased a few years ago. other than the honey color turning a dark brown from years of dirt/sweat/grease/proofide, they are holding up well. I can see them lasting 20+ years.

    I prefer to spend more at first and have an item that will last years, rather than spend cheap and dispose of the item a few months later.

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    Here is a pic of the elkhide covers from Velo Orange. I show it because I think they are a great company and have great products. I enjoy leather wrap over cork but it's all personal preference.




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    I eBayed my green Brooks tape for only $65. A fair price imo.

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    Toshi leather wrap looks a thousand times better than Brooks if you ask me. Much less $$ than Brooks. Keep in mind I do NOT like Brooks wrap, love their saddles though.

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    Another vote for toshi. I have it on 2 of my bikes.

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    is the toshi stitched together?
    that is to say, not one continuous piece of leather?

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    it is stitched, there is only one seam though.

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    +1 on toshi wrap
    that's what I use.

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    yep... also i always thought the sew on covers make handlebars look like weird sausages.

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    ...or something that belongs on a harley-davidson or a leather dungeon master.

    I do like the perforated VO tape - that would like nice in black.

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    Leather tape is whack for the rain.

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    what leather did you use?

    the tape I have works just as fine as any other tape when wet. I use proofide, though, so maybe that helps repel the water.

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    can anyone post photos of the bike with the toshi in brown please?

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    Not leather but a possible cheap alternative. Matches the honey brown quite well I think.



    Last edited by steppinthefunk; 01-24-09 at 05:17 PM.

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    Cinelli natural cork bar tap looks pretty nice and only costs about $15. Personally I prefer the feel of cork tape over anything else I have tried.

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    I have the Torelli Leatherette and it looks great after about a year on a daily commute, and lots of urban rides.

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