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Old 05-25-10, 08:23 PM   #1
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Grips Vs Tape

Hello guys/gals,

I just recently purchased a bike and opted to switch to bullhorns. (Origin 8)

Do you prefer Grips or Tape on these type of bars? Why or Why not?

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Old 05-25-10, 09:20 PM   #2
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i used thick tape on mine, and it makes these nice ridges that my fingers fit into. i have bullhorns too. it was hard getting the tape to go over the upturn part. took a couple tries.
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I vote grips. Really long ones.
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Old 05-25-10, 09:26 PM   #4
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Why is one better than the other?
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Old 05-25-10, 09:48 PM   #5
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better is subjective, at least regarding what you put on your bars.
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Old 05-25-10, 09:49 PM   #6
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I'm more function oriented than form...
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I think wraps are more cushioned than grips, but hell, im probably biased. I use wraps on my bullhorns. (dont know if I should call them wraps or not because theyre not really tape)
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Old 05-25-10, 09:53 PM   #8
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I like cork tape because it feels good. Disregard if you wear gloves all year long.
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I use tape on my bullhorns because I just like how comfy cork tape feel when I am holding them by the horns and I like wrapping bars. I'm biased with tapes, if you are getting tapes, be sure to get non adhesive ones.


f50fan is right, better is totally subjective. People might like long track grips to go on your bullhorn, some might just wear gloves and go wear bare bars. It's whatever floats your boat...etc etc.
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I ran cork tape on my old bullhorns, but running some All-City grips on my new ones. I think I prefer the latter setup.
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That's crazy - I just asked this question in the "what did you just buy for your bike?" thread as I haven't been able to find long enough grips for my bullhorns. Guess I wasn't looking in the right places! I think I'm going to give them a whirl. If they're terrible, I'll go for tape.
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I go with both.... for example my b123's; champ grips on bottom and lizard skins wrapped on the top
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hey can you guys recommend some hard tape? i don't like the soft squishy stuff. ii've been riding risers for a while now and have ourys on them (which i hate) but i have some bullhorns on order.
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I like cotton tape. Looks good and has good grip. Doesn't matter if its not soft because I use gloves!
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hey can you guys recommend some hard tape? i don't like the soft squishy stuff.
Uh, don't use tape? The point of having tape is to have it act as a cushion...
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hey can you guys recommend some hard tape? i don't like the soft squishy stuff. ii've been riding risers for a while now and have ourys on them (which i hate) but i have some bullhorns on order.
You mean firm right? Well the cinelli gel tape is very firm and cheap (because no one buys it because the tape isnt soft as advertised due to its thinness ....

Or alternatively get some cheap bar tape and wrap it tighter so the padding is compressed.
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yea for a while i rode with no tape but a little grip is nice. my hands tend to get sweaty so it would slip on the bare bars. and soft material tends to absorb my palm shweat. yes pills, maybe FIRM was a more accurate term....
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synthetic tape is awesome. fizik is worth every penny. i am riding some cheap cork tape right now and i really want to get some fizik stuff back on my bars.
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I hate the Fizik microtex tape I have on one of my drops right now. Used it maybe twice and I'm ready to replace it already.
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Does anyone use leather and steam it? I was in a store a week or so ago and they had a colnoago with brooks leather wrapped bars and the guy said he steamed them so the tape got super tight and they had an awesome feel. I kind of want to do it with my drops
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OP: I was just in the same position with my Deda Pista's. Go with long rubber grips or wrap in tape? Prices are generally the same so it was about style more than anything. I'm really glad I went with tape - used Fizik perf'd tape which is like the microtex material they use on the Fizik Arione saddles. Sick. So sick. Love it. My first wrap job, oh, and good luck with the fizik branded tape, that **** is garbage. Use electrical tape if you do go with that brand. Although no experience with other tape, I would assume they're all very much alike.
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Lizard Skins DSP FTW (looks like tape, feels like grips):

http://lizardskins.com/store/products/dsp-bar-tape
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Does anyone use leather and steam it? I was in a store a week or so ago and they had a colnoago with brooks leather wrapped bars and the guy said he steamed them so the tape got super tight and they had an awesome feel. I kind of want to do it with my drops
I have brooks tape but I never steamed them. It feels great but it's kinda expensive unless u can get a good deal on it IMO.

OP, if you want it firm but with grip, I'ld go with cotton tape.
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I just wrapped the bars on my Premium Brew with Cinelli Imperial Leather tape.



It's ****ing dreamy.
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I hate the Fizik microtex tape I have on one of my drops right now. Used it maybe twice and I'm ready to replace it already.
I used to hate the microtex I had on before, but I'm kind of starting to miss it.
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