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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-14-10, 12:23 PM   #1
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brooks bar tape

Is it worth it? It feels good on the hands and looks good. But is it worth $60-90 ? does it outlast the cheaper rolls of tape?
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Old 09-14-10, 01:20 PM   #2
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I would never.

Get some 5 buck cloth tape and shellac it.
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Old 09-14-10, 01:38 PM   #3
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I would never.
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I heard they make they bar tape from the cuttings from making saddles which they otherwise throw out... and then do some trade secret whatnot to it.
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Old 09-14-10, 01:45 PM   #4
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I would, but could not justify it.
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Old 09-14-10, 01:46 PM   #5
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Save a cow. Buy cork.
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Old 09-14-10, 02:08 PM   #6
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the leather feels really really nice....
that said i didn't buy it. my roommate did, and only needed one of the 2 rolls. lucky me!
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Old 09-14-10, 03:31 PM   #7
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I ended up getting a free set from an ex bike mechanic and as much as I appreciate it, would I have boughten it to begin with? No, probably not. It does feel good though, but not $60-$80 good.
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Old 09-14-10, 03:44 PM   #8
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there are leather grips for tennis. i wonder how those would compare.
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Old 09-14-10, 04:03 PM   #9
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velo orange makes some leather tape....still expensive at 55 but definitely cheaper than 80 dollar brooks:
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found it for like 40 bucks using google shopping. If you find a coupon for the site your buying from im sure you could get it a bit cheaper. Bens i think was 40 and I found a $10 coupon.
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I just bought this http://store.trekbikes.com/jump.jsp?...&bShopOnline=1 and will definately be buying it again when grips need replacing so grippy and comfy. Oh yeah and I forgot to add, it is tough putting on had to pull it tight as hell every turn got a workout from it but im so happy with it.
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Old 09-14-10, 11:42 PM   #12
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brooks tape doesn't wear out...it wears in.
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