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Old 05-14-15, 07:19 PM
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Gel/padded bar tape + leather appearance

I've got a Brooks saddle and a nice steel frame, but I'm looking for some comfort on the drop bars. Any recommendations on the best way to do this?
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Old 05-14-15, 09:54 PM
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Fizik under tape pads below whatever tape you want? Fizik 3mm tape is pretty comfy on its own too.
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Old 05-15-15, 04:41 AM
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Get a inner tube , cut it in like 1" or 1.5" wide sits, wrap it around the bar then use the bar tape.
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Old 05-15-15, 06:28 AM
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I had an inner tube I was saving, just did not know what for :-). How does it compare to gel ? I have Fuji tape now.
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Old 05-15-15, 08:11 AM
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Leather wrap looks awesome, can have decent grip, but usually isn't cushioned. Neither is the even more old-school method, cloth tape.

A single layer of tube on the bars (under leather) will not have as much cushion as gel foam tape, or gel pads under the tape. But, it's better than nothing. I slid a single tube over the bars of my girlfriend's bike before I wrapped them with Brooks tape.

There are foam/vinyl tapes that look like leather, made by Fizik and Deda. They're more cushy than leather but not as padded as gel foam tape.

Also, be warned that Brooks leather tape doesn't match their saddles perfectly. They're made from two completely different grades of leather (of course, because the saddle leather is crazy thick). Velo Orange leather may actually match better, and is cheaper.

Personally, I prefer foam tape to leather. I like Deda Elementi tape because it comes in so many colors. I pick a nice, dark, contrast color for my steel bikes with Brooks saddles. Finish with twine wrap to class up the foam.



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Old 05-15-15, 07:11 PM
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I love the bube because it makes the bar bigger and more comfortable to hold, you can put the tube then the gel then the tape, that's what I had on my CAAD8 and it was awesome...
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Old 05-15-15, 07:45 PM
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Of course another way to go is with padded gloves.
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I have padded gloves also but that padding is almost null
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