Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

White leather handlebar tape?

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

White leather handlebar tape?

Old 06-10-22, 01:50 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 124
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Liked 147 Times in 36 Posts
I am surprised no one has mentioned Ambrosio Bike Ribbon, it's been popular since the '80s, textured vinyl with chamfered edges for a smooth wrap, easy to clean and long lasting. Typically cost less than $10.oo

Last edited by orbeamike; 06-10-22 at 01:53 PM.
orbeamike is offline  
Old 09-27-22, 06:39 AM
Full Member
BMC_Kid's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 308
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
Liked 307 Times in 128 Posts
Originally Posted by Andy_K
Oh, you have to get a white saddle to go with it...

Wow, do know how I missed this beauty the first time? Truly, a gorgeous bike! Love the color, gives a 50s vibe. What's the history of your bike?
BMC_Kid is offline  
Old 09-27-22, 08:25 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Posts: 4,887

Bikes: 1989 Cinelli Supercorsa

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2909 Post(s)
Liked 2,469 Times in 1,484 Posts
White tape, white saddle, white cable housing...what's not to like?
smd4 is offline  
Old 09-27-22, 11:11 AM
Senior Member
Andy_K's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 14,714

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 513 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3172 Post(s)
Liked 3,678 Times in 1,382 Posts
Originally Posted by BMC_Kid
Truly, a gorgeous bike! Love the color, gives a 50s vibe. What's the history of your bike?
This is a frame that spent years hanging in @gugie's Atelier. He picked it up cheap from a local non-profit (Community Cycling Center) because some previous owner had chopped off the rear derailleur hanger. The paint was flaking and the decals were almost entirely gone. For a long time he had assumed it was an Atala because only the "la" remained of the original decals. Only after looking closer at the build details like the fishmouth fork and stay ends, and the 26.4 seatpost size did he realize it was French. Every time I visited the Atelier I'd look up and admire the color scheme and chrome lugs. Eventually @gugie agreed to repair the derailleur hanger and sell it to me at a reasonable cost on the condition that I give it the proper restoration it deserved. I was more than happy to agree. Here's a pic of it in my garage after the initial repair.

(The paint is actually much worse than it appears in the pictures.) After a test build to make sure I liked the fit and ride of it, I took it back to the Atelier to have water bottle bossed added.

After that, I sent it off to Jeffrey Bock to be painted and decaled. Jeff did a wonderful job, as you can see.

The final step was a custom repro headbadge made by @rhm.

My Bikes
Andy_K is offline  
Likes For Andy_K:
Old 09-27-22, 11:13 AM
Senior Member
SJX426's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
Posts: 9,469

Bikes: '65 Frejus TDF, '73 Bottecchia Giro d'Italia, '83 Colnago Superissimo, '84 Trek 610, '84 Trek 760, '88 Pinarello Veneto, '88 De Rosa Pro, '89 Pinarello Montello, '94 Burley Duet, 97 Specialized RockHopper, 2010 Langster, Tern Link D8

Mentioned: 70 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1562 Post(s)
Liked 2,122 Times in 1,055 Posts
No leather but support the right Fizik tape,
This one has the 2mm thick tape and keeps really clean for a long time with easy clean up.
P1050226 on Flickr

This one has teh 3mm semi tacky surface that does not clean up well
De Rosa in Riding configuraton on Flickr
Bikes don't stand alone. They are two tired.
SJX426 is offline  
Old 09-27-22, 11:27 AM
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Goose Creek, SC
Posts: 6,926

Bikes: '87 Crestdale, '87 Basso Gap, '92 Rossin Performance EL-OS, 1990 VanTuyl, 1980s Losa, 1985 Trek 670, 1982 AD SLE, 1987 PX10, etc...

Mentioned: 54 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2243 Post(s)
Liked 2,682 Times in 1,720 Posts
Fizik Performance tape is the best I have ever used but it is hard to find and may be out of production...not sure why.
1987 Crest Cannondale, 1987 Basso Gap, 1992 Rossin Performance EL, 1990ish Van Tuyl, 1985 Trek 670, 1982 AD SLE, 2003 Pinarello Surprise, 1990ish MBK Atlantique, 1987 Peugeot Competition, 1987 Nishiki Tri-A, 1981 Faggin, 1996 Cannondale M500, 1984 Mercian, 1982 AD SuperLeicht, 1985 Massi (model unknown), 1988 Daccordi Griffe , 1989 Fauxsin MTB, 1981 Ciocc Mockba, 1992 Bianchi Giro, 1977 Colnago Super

jdawginsc is offline  
Old 09-28-22, 03:43 PM
Senior Member
Chombi1's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 4,280
Mentioned: 101 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1543 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 703 Times in 460 Posts
Originally Posted by orbeamike
I am surprised no one has mentioned Ambrosio Bike Ribbon, it's been popular since the '80s, textured vinyl with chamfered edges for a smooth wrap, easy to clean and long lasting. Typically cost less than $10.oo

Be careful with ordering Ambrodio Bike Bibbon bar tape.
I made the mistake of buying their tape (In yellow), not knowing what the ebay seller was selling was the smooth version of it. I was really surprised when I opened the package and he tape did not have any texture on its surface at all and was quite glossy looking, not like their textured tape that looks and feels so much better. I installed it on my Gitane build and it looked really cheap and tacky because of it's plasticky look. It also felt like it's going to be slippery if it gets wet. Took it off from my handlebar right away without even getting to use it and replaced it with yellow Neubaum's cloth tape. Soon much better!
Make sure you are getting the textured tape if you buy the Bike Ribbon tape, unless you are into the smooth and shiney look......

Last edited by Chombi1; 09-28-22 at 08:55 PM.
Chombi1 is offline  
Old 09-28-22, 07:03 PM
Senior Member
squirtdad's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Jose (Willow Glen) Ca
Posts: 9,670

Bikes: Kirk Custom JK Special, '84 Team Miyata,(dura ace old school) 80?? SR Semi-Pro 600 Arabesque

Mentioned: 103 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2209 Post(s)
Liked 2,567 Times in 1,406 Posts
Originally Posted by smd4
White tape, white saddle, white cable housing...what's not to like?
that got me thinking

Black coat, white shoes, black hat, Cadillac, yeah/The boy's a time bomb.
Life is too short not to ride the best bike you have, as much as you can
(looking for Torpado Super light frame/fork or for Raleigh International frame fork 58cm)

squirtdad is offline  
Likes For squirtdad:
Old 10-01-22, 12:58 PM
Full Member
rsacilotto's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Saugus, Massachusetts, United States
Posts: 244

Bikes: 1983 Trek 760, 2000 Fuji Team, 1988 Schwinn Voyageur

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 14 Posts
I tried Selle Italia SMOOTAPE Classica, happy with it so far, went on very easy, cleans up nice.

rsacilotto is offline  
Old 10-01-22, 06:05 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2022
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 1,599

Bikes: several Eddy Merz (ride like Eddy, braze like Jim!)

Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 882 Post(s)
Liked 1,305 Times in 497 Posts
The white tape coordinates best with my white belt and shoes!!
Robvolz 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
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.