Hey tourers, a couple of quick questions.
I'm in the process of putting the finishing touches on my ride which I'll be taking with me to Europe for a 5 month tour. For the bars, I'm planning on laying down a layer of cork tape (for padding), and then topping it with a layer of cloth tape to handle wear. Has anyone done this? Have you found trouble with bumps or uncomfortable crossings where the two layers overlapped?
I'm also considering shellacking the cloth tape in order to make it... well, look really classy:
My concern with this, however, is that shellacking over the cloth would render the cloth tape brittle, and eliminate all of the benefit of having padded cork underneath. Does anyone here have experience with shellacked tape? what does it feel like?
Finally, I've had a friend reccomend laying down gel packs under cloth tape rather than cork tape for a base layer. Any experiences in this department?
Thanks for your time, all.