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Old 06-07-16, 08:22 PM
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What is this miracle product?

So I'm taking apart a vintage Crescent, and unwrapping the decrepit bar tape, and discover this gel tape laid on the top side of the drop bars. I carelessly start to peel it off, not even thinking about saving it. Much to my surprise I discover it not only does not tear, but the adhesive is still totally fine. By pulling slowly, each piece came up intact and in good shape. Call me cheap, but I'm thinking this stuff is re-usable!



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Old 06-07-16, 08:26 PM
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Old 06-07-16, 08:34 PM
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Yep, I've reused that stuff many times.
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Old 06-07-16, 08:35 PM
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I just removed the very same stuff from a bike a couple of weeks ago. I immediately thought to myself, "I bet the Bike Forum guys would love this stuff".

Then I quickly reverted back to my rule #5 allegiance and threw it in the garbage.
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Yuck.
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Old 06-07-16, 09:33 PM
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It looks like the silicone sheet material used after surgery to reduce incision scarring. Clever, if so--it's durable, reusable, and self-adhesive without leaving residue behind, and would provide a nice bit of resilience under the tape.
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Old 06-07-16, 09:37 PM
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It's Fizik bar gel, you can still see part of the logo. I'd probably save it, it costs twice what basic bartape does.
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Originally Posted by wesmamyke View Post
It's Fizik bar gel, you can still see part of the logo. I'd probably save it, it costs twice what basic bartape does.
Good call.
Looking it up I found that it is indeed re-usable, and with a wide price range:
Fizik Bar Gel Set | Chain Reaction Cycles
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Old 06-08-16, 06:14 AM
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I'd re-use it! Of course... I am somewhere between cheap and poor... so I don't waste a lot. I generally buy my bar tape for less than $3 (from China).

I find some of the narrower older bars to be a little hard on my hands. I've used a strip of the old tape (I was replacing) as a cushion piece on occasion. It costs nothing. I'd think that silicone stuff would be awesome.
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Provides excellent vibration dampening while you ride. Regular product sold in modern bike shops. We reused it a lot when rewrapping handle bars for customers.
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I'd re-use it! Of course... I am somewhere between cheap and poor... so I don't waste a lot. I generally buy my bar tape for less than $3 (from China).

I find some of the narrower older bars to be a little hard on my hands. I've used a strip of the old tape (I was replacing) as a cushion piece on occasion. It costs nothing. I'd think that silicone stuff would be awesome.
Hey Dave, I recently swapped bars on my go-fast bike, and decided to go without the gel pads when rewrapping. They're a little yellowed and have a few minor tears, but are perfectly serviceable otherwise. PM me your address if you're interested.
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Not knowing any better, and being a cheapskate, I've re-used "cork" (synthetic) tape on multiple occasions...
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Submitted for the court's approval, your honor, Exhibit A.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Hey Dave, I recently swapped bars on my go-fast bike, and decided to go without the gel pads when rewrapping. They're a little yellowed and have a few minor tears, but are perfectly serviceable otherwise. PM me your address if you're interested.
Thank you for the offer! But I am way over my "N" with parts, pieces, and even bicycles right now (I've even hidden a bike in my lawn equipment shed). I must learn to say no (and stop looking on Craigslist). Thanks anyway!
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Thank you for the offer! But I am way over my "N" with parts, pieces, and even bicycles right now (I've even hidden a bike in my lawn equipment shed). I must learn to say no (and stop looking on Craigslist). Thanks anyway!
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