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Old 06-08-14, 08:50 PM   #1
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Bar tape to match a brooks?

Its time to retape my bars, and I'd like to match the color of my b17, but in a synthetic tape. Anyone have a recommendation for a good match?

edit: It's a honey, standard B17. (Thanks Rowan)

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Old 06-08-14, 09:00 PM   #2
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What colour is your Brooks? They come in tan, honey, black, green, blue (and yes, we have all those colours in our household).

Mainstream B&M shops and those on the internet often don't hae those colours specific to Brooks. But some eBay stores, I notice, here in Australia, carry oddball colours that might do the trick.

Otherwise, you can get either the genuine and quite expensive perforated leather bar tape made by Brooks to match their colours, or the cheaper perforated leather bar tape made in Asia, and seemingly quite good value, although the colours may not quite match.
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Old 06-09-14, 02:22 PM   #3
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The bar tape that came stock on my 2012 Fargo 2 matches my Honey B17 pretty well. I think Salsa sells bar tape but I don't know what they call that color.
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Mind you this B17 started out as honey but obviously much darker now with bunches of miles on it and the bar tape is Bontrager gel brown. Though it may not match well enough for you, I love that particular bar tape and this was the closest offered.

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Deda Mistral in brown "leather" color is a close match, for cheap. The only problem is that you have to wrap very carefully to hide the logo on the tape.

Salsa makes a nice brown, and Cinelli makes a nice light brown, but they both have embossed logos that you can't hide.

You can also try yellow cloth tape + amber shellac to match a honey brown brooks. Brown + amber matches dark brown brooks.
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Brooks makes leather tape too , same Dye used.
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Old 06-09-14, 04:23 PM   #7
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Fizik (or shoud it be fi'zi:k) makes honey brown tape. It's darker than a new honey saddle but the saddle will darken with use.

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Fizik (or shoud it be fi'zi:k) makes honey brown tape. It's darker than a new honey saddle but the saddle will darken with use.
This is is what I use, Fizik honey tape. I ordered from England as none of the USA sites seem to sell it.

Added a photo of my Bob Jackson with B17 saddle and Fizik honey bar tape.
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...You can also try yellow cloth tape + amber shellac to match a honey brown brooks. Brown + amber matches dark brown brooks.
I know you specified that you wanted to use synthetic tape, but the cloth tape plus shellac really does come out quite nicely. I don't mean to try to dissuade you from choosing synthetic, but if you're open to the idea and look, it isn't hard to do, and there are some nice benefits in terms of durability and, IMHO, aesthetics.

I haven't tried starting with yellow, as Tim_Iowa suggests, but I've used white plus several coats of amber shellac on multiple bikes, and it gives a nice match to the Brooks. Here photos from two bikes done that way, both of which have honey B17s:

http://hpscott.smugmug.com/Various/C...over/i-Mf7k44R

http://hpscott.smugmug.com/Various/H...over/i-DHWv8NK
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I like Salsa bar tape in brown. I also like the chillis embossed on the tape.

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I have a honey B17 with Fizik microtex tape (? SUPERLIGHT Honey Brown).

When both were new, the color matched perfectly. However, now they're both 4 years old and the saddle has become noticeably darker than the tape.

I hear that shellacked Cinelli cork tape matches quite well too, but the shellacked tape becomes ratty looking after about a year or so.
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I would be wary of any leather from asia. They buy boat loads of hide in SA, tan it as they cross the ocean and dump the suds in the ocean before hitting land. People buying work gloves, furniture, etc... Occasionally get bad allergic reactions to it. I had a reaction to some Nashbar gloves. I bought several pairs, and they had a strong (wrong) chemical smell for years). I used them for shopping trips in the city when exposure was low, and they weren't all that well padded for cycling gloves anyway. You never know what is in that stuff. And that assumes it is quality leather in some respect to start with, not just some pasted together chunks with a glossy surface.

For something I was sitting on, or leaning on for days, I would pay extra to get Baker real tan bark veg tan, and maybe Brooks uses that stuff, or at least some unknown first world tanning chemicals from a country with regs. Just about any poison you can imagine is going to tan leather. Much the same applies to plastics, you are going to be absorbing plasticizers the whole trip, better living through chemistry.
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