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Old 03-15-09, 06:59 PM   #1
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Track bar grips/tape?

Repost from the track subforum but thought I would try here too:

Just ordered a deda pista track bar. Wondering if I should go with grips on the drops or cork tape. If grips what do people recommend?
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do you care about dampening? where will you grip?
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Gripping the drops. Likely wearing gloves. Unlikely to see much street time.
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grips.
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Grips if its strictly a track bike, full wrap if you ride in the street.
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Old 03-16-09, 11:00 AM   #6
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I just ride on the street and will have track drops. I am going to use fizik bar tape and completely wrap them.
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Old 03-16-09, 12:28 PM   #7
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anyone use Tressostar tape. i wanna get some fabric/cloth tape but i dont know the downsides
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The Fizik wrap is pretty sweet. I would completely wrap so you can take advantage of all the hand positions.
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Where can I order track grips? Can't seem to find them...
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Ive used tressostar tape...

plusses:

cheap
looks good

downsides:
very little comfort, no padding
slippery (when shallaced)
hard to wrap curves without getting lumps (doesnt stretch much)
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I'm going the same route but I'm also using said bike for a couple century rides on top of being my daily commuter.

Big deal is what?
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Ive used tressostar tape...

plusses:

cheap
looks good

downsides:
very little comfort, no padding
slippery (when shallaced)
hard to wrap curves without getting lumps (doesnt stretch much)
I agree with everything here. I have used this tape for a few years but time for me to move on. It's the comfort thing, there is none.
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Old 03-16-09, 02:15 PM   #13
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Ive used tressostar tape...

plusses:

cheap
looks good

downsides:
very little comfort, no padding
slippery (when shallaced)
hard to wrap curves without getting lumps (doesnt stretch much)
i have some that's on some flop n chops. i've been riding with it for a few months. it's alright on short rides through town(which has been most of my riding since school started back up in september) but on longer rides i wear gloves so the lack of padding isn't an issue.
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Ive used tressostar tape...

hard to wrap curves without getting lumps (doesnt stretch much)
Unless you get a gymnist to do your tape job... Then you get perfect wrap, no lumps, I assure you!
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I have heard of people using tressostar over cork, or wrapping gel packs underneath it for comfort.

I dont know though. I kind of like my Bontrager tape, albeit its $16 for a pack.
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I really like my cinelli gel/cork tape on my bullhorns. Still not sure what route I am gonna go with these track drops though.
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i use fizik wrap and it's definitely worth the small price increase above cheap tape. i actually have some salsa tape waiting to go on some of my bars and think that looks extremely promising.

i have origin8 grips and don't like them much. not as comfy, same level of grip. plus it's a pain to install and uninstall grips and they eat at your hands and gloves.
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I use Cinelli tape on my pursuit bars and Soyo long grips on my track drops. The tape is soooo much more comfortable on my hands. The Soyos are like sandpaper on my hands if I'm not wearing gloves.

I ordered both from Benscycle.net
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It's all about that Deda Elementi Tape. Incredibly comfortable and grippy. Thicker than Fizik tape but not as thick as cork tape. Perfect.

It's also great because the black is full dark black. No little cork bits in it.

But, to answer the OP's question, if it for track use, definitely go with grips. With gloves the grips grip very well, hah.
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The Fizik wrap is pretty sweet. I would completely wrap so you can take advantage of all the hand positions.
all the hand positions of track drops? you mean, all two of them?

track drops on the streets = dumb
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I really like my cinelli gel/cork tape on my bullhorns. Still not sure what route I am gonna go with these track drops though.
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I use Cinelli tape on my pursuit bars and Soyo long grips on my track drops. The tape is soooo much more comfortable on my hands.
cinelli tape is so superior to all the other logoless tape that comes off the same assembly line. heritage.
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cinelli tape is so superior to all the other logoless tape that comes off the same assembly line. heritage.
I assume you are being sarcastic but I prefer the cinelli tape to shimano cork/gel and to the cheapy no name tape on my beater bike.
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cinelli tape is so superior to all the other logoless tape that comes off the same assembly line. heritage.
...then you havent tried fizik or toshi leather tape.
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Ive used tressostar tape...

hard to wrap curves without getting lumps (doesnt stretch much)
try wetting it first.

+++Fizik tape!
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