Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Padding Under Handlebar Tape?

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Padding Under Handlebar Tape?

Old 03-17-11, 09:41 AM
  #1  
TromboneAl
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Far, Far Northern California
Posts: 2,874

Bikes: 1997 Specialized M2Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Padding Under Handlebar Tape?

How many of you add padding under the handlebar tape? If you do, do you use a product meant for that, or something else (such as old handlebar tape)?
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 10:14 AM
  #2  
canopus 
Senior Member
 
canopus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kingwood, TX
Posts: 1,222

Bikes: 1985 Cannondale SR300, 1985 Cannondale ST400, 1984 Trek 760, 1984 Trek 610, 1984 Trek 720, 1981 Trek 710, 1979 Trek 710, Gary Littlejohn Cruiser, BMX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've tried double tape, nice and big, before. I've tried the Aztec foam paddings inserts and while they are a good idea, after a while the foam compresses and looses its usefulness. Currently I am trying the Bike Ribbon Gel inserts. So far so good but then again not alot of miles on them so time will tell if the compress the same as the foam inserts.

One thing to note is that most manufacturers don't give you the extra tape for your bars for this kind of thing so you might have to break in the middle somewhere or do something else to get a roll or two of wrap to fit. Aztec was nice because they gave you the extra wrap to handle their extra padding, my Brooks leather wrap on the other hand comes up short.
__________________
1984 Cannondale ST
1985 Cannondale SR300
1980 Gary Littlejohn Cruiser
1984 Trek 760
1981 Trek 710
Pics
canopus is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 10:25 AM
  #3  
BCRider
Senior Member
 
BCRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The 'Wack, BC, Canada
Posts: 5,466

Bikes: Norco (2), Miyata, Canondale, Soma, Redline

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've done that on a couple of bikes. I just used some of the old bar tape for the extra padding. On the bikes I've done this I use the extra padding either to feather in the cable runs on plain round section for bars that had no grooves. For comfort I've also added sections of tape just around the upper curve. When I'm lazy and just cruising it's the upper curves I use and that's the only time I tend to lean forward with much pressure. So a bit of extra diameter and padding is appreciated in that spot.

Last edited by BCRider; 03-17-11 at 10:28 AM.
BCRider is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 10:26 AM
  #4  
meanwhile
Senior Member
 
meanwhile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 4,033
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've been asking about gel insertsto do under tape here:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ons?highlight=

Of all the tapes available, Lizardskins DSP seems to have the reputation of being the most cushioning tape.
meanwhile is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 10:36 AM
  #5  
well biked 
biked well
 
well biked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,250
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'll give you my opinion, and it's just an opinion, so there's no need for anyone to get offended: if you feel the need for some sort of extra padding in or under your handlebar tape, unless you're doing regular riding on cobblestones or something similar, your problem is almost certainly a lack of flexibility and a problem with bike fit. In other words, you need to re-think how you're positioned on your bike, how the bike fits you, etc. If you're riding a road bike correctly, when in the saddle your hands will be sitting on the handlebars steering the bike, that's pretty much it. There shouldn't be any need for extra padding; why would there be? Your weight should be on your sit bones and driving into the drivetrain with your legs, not pressing on the handlebars, at least not much.

The solution, in most cases, is to improve your flexibility (lower back, neck, shoulders, hamstrings) and take to heart a discussion on bike fit like Peter White's.

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm

Read through it, think about what he's saying, and realize that most folks riding road bikes don't have the flexibility to ride them the way they're intended to be ridden. That's not to say that most folks can't develop the flexibility, but it's not something that comes without some work. A lot of work, actually, in most cases.
well biked is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 10:49 AM
  #6  
zebede
Hello
 
zebede's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Suncoast, Florida
Posts: 836

Bikes: n+1

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have tried several commercial handle bar padding products and several home made versions. By far my favorite is to re-use strips of old cork tape placed longitudinally along contact areas underneath new wrap.
zebede is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 10:50 AM
  #7  
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 30,995

Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 709 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I use old tubes. You can wrap it thick or thin to your liking. Then cover with bar tape
__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"
10 Wheels is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 10:53 AM
  #8  
canopus 
Senior Member
 
canopus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kingwood, TX
Posts: 1,222

Bikes: 1985 Cannondale SR300, 1985 Cannondale ST400, 1984 Trek 760, 1984 Trek 610, 1984 Trek 720, 1981 Trek 710, 1979 Trek 710, Gary Littlejohn Cruiser, BMX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm not offended, just saying, in some cases, after 12 hours in the saddle you just need the extra padding cause your not out doing a 20 mile hammer fest. I also happen to like the feel of a bigger bar under my hands and can't stand today's gel gloves, the either don't have the padding where I want it or place it in a position that ultimately, after a couple hours, puts pressure on my hands in the right places to cause numbness that I don't get otherwise.

also your right... Texas chip seal can make cobblestones look smooth in comparison sometimes.
__________________
1984 Cannondale ST
1985 Cannondale SR300
1980 Gary Littlejohn Cruiser
1984 Trek 760
1981 Trek 710
Pics
canopus is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 10:57 AM
  #9  
Booger1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Gaseous Cloud around Uranus
Posts: 3,738
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I find a urethane/silicone BMX grips to my liking and cut them up.Doesn't break down.
Booger1 is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 04:02 PM
  #10  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 40,316

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 179 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6358 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My Old touring bike I used 2 Grab on Tubes on top, wrapped them with cotton tape.
the tape kept the sun from breaking down the rubber ..

of current stuff, these may bear looking into http://www.bikeman.com/HT3877.html
A QBP item so widely available
fietsbob is offline  
Old 03-17-11, 04:23 PM
  #11  
reptilezs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: boston, ma
Posts: 2,898
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
use the little precut strip that comes with the bar tape
reptilezs is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.