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    suggest bar tape for me?

    I definitely need some bar tape, as much as i love the look of my untapped bars, my hands kill me if i don't wear gloves. Any suggestion on what type of bar tape to use? I've been thinking of using the black version of http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=16321. Anything else?

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    1. Fizik Microtex perf

    2. Deda perf

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    I bought some Gian Gel Cork tape at my LBS, and it's pretty nice, I'm no expert, but it's got a nice soft feel to it.

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...ct/1283/30724/
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    Sweet Olmo...

    If you like the bare metal look, go for the Cinelli Jelly

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...3&category=834

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    Feel-wise, I am currently most impressed with the sram tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aged Bike Fixer View Post
    Sweet Olmo...

    If you like the bare metal look, go for the Cinelli Jelly

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...3&category=834
    thanks, i will check these out. i'm mostly concerned with the feel because i can't even ride without gloves currently.

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    I think leather bar tapes would look good. ... perhaps honey brown? (Not beer, ... ) Toshi stuff's probably the cheapest right?

    Also, cotton (w/ or w/o shellac) tapes look nice, but it would feel like bare bar. ... Oh wait, I know Cinelli makes a new cloth tapes with gel inserts. You could try those.
    Last edited by Tomo_Ishi; 04-23-10 at 09:25 AM.

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    my two favorite tapes (from the ones ive tried anyway) are the:

    Cinelli cork tape
    and Brooks leather tape.

    although the brooks is SUPER expensive. luckily a friend bought some and only needed 1 of the 2 rolls. score!

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    my two faves are cinelli and deda cork.

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    Any tape without the adhesive on the back.
    The first time I wrapped bars I liked it, but once I got good at wrapping bars I found it was just a pain in the ass.

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    deda cork, its usually about 7 bucks shipped from probikekit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo! View Post
    1. Fizik Microtex perf

    2. Deda perf
    +2

    Spend the extra $5-10 and get the good stuff. It's worth it.

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    This is what I use...the most comfortable one for me so far, but to each their own. It's the Canadian version of REI.

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    i'm loving the Bontrager Race Lite Grippy Tape. Not much padding if that is an issue for you, but great feel if you like thin tapes.

    http://bontrager.com/model/05048

    CAREFUL wrapping though as this stuff is much more delicate than any other tape I've used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
    This is what I use...the most comfortable one for me so far, but to each their own. It's the Canadian version of REI.
    R. EH. I.?

    sorry that was not funny lol

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    i'm actually not a big fan of the Fizik microtek. i just tried it for the first time, as i was putting together a "vintage" ride. it feels nice on my hands, but it didn't wrap well. it didn't have the same stretch as cork. maybe i am just not as good at wrapping as i thought, but i've been wrapping bars for years...

    i have had no problem with any cork tape i've ever used. deda, profile design, cinelli, whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
    R. EH. I.?

    sorry that was not funny lol
    Would've worked if it was R A I...

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    Quote Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
    although the brooks is SUPER expensive. luckily a friend bought some and only needed 1 of the 2 rolls. score!
    Nashbar has some decent leather tape that's a lot cheaper than the Brooks, FYI.

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes//Produc...2_175662_-1___

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo! View Post
    1. Fizik Microtex perf

    2. Deda perf
    +1

    Just put the Fizik Microtex on last night and rode with it this morning for the first time. Love it!

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    fizik microtex dual



    people told me its really hard to wrap and doesnt feel good, but it was my first time wrapping and it seemed easy, and i love how it feels...

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    Specialized S-Wrap. It doesn't use sticky tape like other wraps, it uses silicon so that you can easily re wrap it.

    Plus it is thick and comfy

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    I currently have white Cinelli cork tape with adhesive backing. I hate it so much. It was a pain in the ass to wrap, won't be able to use it again, and it's already tearing and coming apart. I actually need to get some new tape eventually, I'll probably just get some cheap gel cork bar tape.

    Also, I've heard that with Fizik microtext stuff you aren't supposed to pull it tight or stretch it. I had a friend who did this and it started tearing almost immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBikeRollsOn View Post
    Also, I've heard that with Fizik microtext stuff you aren't supposed to pull it tight or stretch it. I had a friend who did this and it started tearing almost immediately.
    That's odd. I've reused the same tape over and over, and I have pulled it tight without it falling apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ska! View Post
    fizik microtex dual



    people told me its really hard to wrap and doesnt feel good, but it was my first time wrapping and it seemed easy, and i love how it feels...
    Its harder to wrap if you have road handlebars and hoods. It works great during rainy days though as it stops your hands from slipping.

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