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View Poll Results: Tape or no tape?
Wrap it up 47 85.45%
I like em' neked 8 14.55%
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Old 04-01-05, 11:00 PM   #1
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Tape or no tape

This is probably redundant but oh well...
Who tapes their bars and who doesn't, and why?
What kind of tapes do you guys use?

I tape both my drops on my roadie(duh) and my bullhorns. too slippery without, but I know a lot of fixies ride without tape. I recently bought some generic cork tape but found it to be hard to wrap and just doesn't feel as good as my cinelli tape. I'm switching back and sticking with cinelli.
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Old 04-01-05, 11:03 PM   #2
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No tape here. The Deda Pista bars I have are just too fat by the stem to put anything. I usually like the feel of my bars to be uniform throughout.
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Old 04-01-05, 11:06 PM   #3
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I have cinelli, too, but that's just because it's celeste...

I think the naked bars are to show off sexy bars. Chrome.... As long as you have gloves, the bars aren't usually too slippery.

It might also go to the whole simplicity thing - no gears, no brake, no wrap, no bottle cage...

I ran without tape for awhile because I was getting too drunk and wrecking the bike too often and tearing up the tape. I figured it was cheaper to just thrash the bars, since they were usually getting thrashed anyways.
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Old 04-01-05, 11:08 PM   #4
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I tape.

1. Pads the bar and provides some comfort.
2. Keeps my hands from slipping.
3. I don't have bars with a nice finish, so the tape makes it look better.
4. Tape is a great insulator. When it's cold out, I need the extra layer of insulation.
5. I don't feel the need to look like a cool track hipster.
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Old 04-01-05, 11:08 PM   #5
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what about the "grips" option?

fyi: i use riser bars, cushy grips aplenty. eff drops.
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Old 04-01-05, 11:09 PM   #6
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chrome nitto bars with clear oury grips at the stem. I'm planning on putting keirin grips at the stem under the ourys that'll extend onto the shoulders. My hands are usually at one of those two positions -- in the drops only for sprints and climbs.
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Old 04-01-05, 11:20 PM   #7
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Last spring i rode with tape off for the first time, then i taped for the winter, now its spring again, thinking about taking the tape off, but i think i like the extra girth for better grip. Not sure yet,
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Old 04-01-05, 11:23 PM   #8
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Two layers of cloth tape.
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Old 04-01-05, 11:46 PM   #9
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i know that your not looking for recomendations(sp?), but i will give one anyways. for the people who have beefy bars already, and maybe not so huge hands or whatever, i use hockey tape from dicks sporting goods, and its cloth, and the back is adhesive, and a roll(i've had one roll and wrapped 5 bars double wrapped) costs $2.99!
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Old 04-01-05, 11:50 PM   #10
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bare bars look better. not always practical, however - they suck in the rain
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Old 04-01-05, 11:51 PM   #11
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i have generic black tape on my pista track bars, which i chopped to bullhorns, and i have plain black leather/rubber grips on my motobecane's straight bars.
i cant deny that tapeless looks sexy but i think it's wholly impractical.
unless you wear thick gloves, i find it's just too cold and slippery when wet.
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Old 04-01-05, 11:53 PM   #12
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yup...im with hyperrevue. sexy but impractical.
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No tape.

Kerin grips.
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Old 04-02-05, 01:00 AM   #14
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Tape.

It's inexpensive for something that should last you six months or more (discounting frequent wrecks, drunken or otherwise), it's warm when it's cold, it's grippy when it's rainy, it's ergonomically good providing a large cushy object instead of a tiny hard one, it's comfortable over bumpy surfaces.

Yeah I like tape.
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Old 04-02-05, 02:13 AM   #15
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Tape is just another great way to accessorize! Like annodized nipples and sidewall material. Kinky!
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track drops with tape but only on the lower half of the bars, showing just the right amount of bare bar, "sexy", if youre into that kind of thing...the best of both worlds.
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yeah, i use tape on my drops only about as much as the keirin grips would cover. it usually doesn't get cold enough here to worry much about the bar getting cold, plus i would be wearing gloves anyways. and not having the bars completely taped hasn't bothered me on long rides. i think a good poll would be for those that don't use tape, do you use bar end plugs? a friend of mine that lives in brooklyn recently had an accident where the bar end of his drops tore into his leg so deep you could see his muscle. he had to get two layers of ten stiches it was opened up so bad. he doesn't use tape or bar ends.
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Tape

I do a lot of long training rides and am planning on doing a century in May on my fixie so I need some cushioning. I just rewrapped my bullhorns the other day and put a thick layer of Cateye cloth tape on the flats and than taped over the whole bar with Cinelli cork. I like the way it came out, it feels great and the flats look like an oversized bar compared to the rest of the bar. I think next time I tape my bars I might throw some Primo (Degroot signature with the naked ladies of course) grips on the flats and then cork tape over the whole thing.
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re: no tape -- bar plugs

I use shiny silver bar plugs that appear to match the chrome bars, unless you look closely. I ride without brakes and without a helmet but the line must be drawn somewhere.

My ex is a geologist so I've seen too many core samples being taken....
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bare bars get super cold in the winter. even with gloves.
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On my bullhorns I have one side taped, the other is bare. I love each side equally.
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black cinelli cork tape on my chopped bullhorns. i tried riding them bare when i switched from my drops (with had benotto-esque tape on them for the whole time i had them), but even with glove liners and fleece over-gloves, it was just too cold working with them in boston.
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i know that your not looking for recomendations(sp?), but i will give one anyways. for the people who have beefy bars already, and maybe not so huge hands or whatever, i use hockey tape from dicks sporting goods, and its cloth, and the back is adhesive, and a roll(i've had one roll and wrapped 5 bars double wrapped) costs $2.99!
hey, good idea! i am jumping on my horse and going to the sporting goods store in ten minutes. works well, i trust?
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Old 04-02-05, 12:39 PM   #24
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yeah and you can tape it like a hockey stick too with extra grip
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Old 04-02-05, 12:43 PM   #25
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Does duct tape count?
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