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Old 06-17-10, 07:10 AM
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Specialised phat tape

I am suffering from arthritis in my thumbs. I believe that fitting phat tape to my bars might help. However it comes as either 2.5mm or 4.5mm.
I am tempted to try the 4.5 but am worried that it will make the bars too bulky or even too squishy. I am male with small to medium sized hands.
Can anyone give any advice on this matter?
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Old 06-17-10, 09:09 AM
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My wife suffers from some Ulnar nerve trouble so we put the Bar Phat on her road bike. I liked the feel so much, I put it on mne too. I can't verify the thickness since it is under the tape and I don't remember. I'm pretty sure it is the thicker that was available at the time I bought it - about five years ago. It really helps take out some of the road harshnes.
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Old 06-17-10, 09:55 AM
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regular foam tape is about 2.5 mm. So if you try to imagine what it would feel like with a double layer that's what you'd have with the 4.5 mm.

From doing different bar tapings I've found that I can alter the feel of the tape with tension. When wound on slightly tighter the foam feels more firm than when wound on with only a little tension. So as long as you start with it wound on with a lower but still adequite tension to make it lay in place well you can always peel it back and redo it with a little extra tension to firm it up if you find it too squishy.
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Think cushioned gloves instead. Get it right, and the same gloves will work on every bicycle in your fleet, and last you a long time.
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