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Old 11-02-11, 08:33 PM
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Correct Bar Tape

I'm restoring a mid 70s Motobecane. Its not going to be 100% correct. The bottom bracket, pedals, saddle (to be Brooks) and freewheel are going to new non-original parts. However, I would like to get fairly close except for those things. The one part I have no clue what was original and can't find much info on is the bar tape.

What is the period correct bar tape for a mid-70s Motobecane? Cotton? Leather?

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Old 11-02-11, 08:36 PM
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Black plastic or cloth would have been popular back then. The Peugeots came with the former.
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Black Tressostar cloth feels 1000% better than plastic - even on pugs!
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Old 11-02-11, 11:35 PM
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Thin plastic tape was probably the standard equipment on 1970s French bikes, but most people switched to cotton when the plastic wore out.
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Old 11-03-11, 01:51 AM
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Tressostar.
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I wrapped the bars on my 1978 Motobecane Gran Jubilee with Tressostar black cotton tape. The bars look just great and are pretty comfortable to handle, however; padded tape would be more comfortable for a guy like me with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Anyway, have a look...


For what it is worth, I have since swapped the drop bars out for a set of mustache ones. Far more comfortable for my riding style...


I did put the original bars, levers and Barcon shifters away just in case I want to go back to the original set-up. That said, Barcons were not part of the factory issue package...



As for the plastic stuff available then, I would forget it. Not nice looking, in my opinion, and not very comfortable either.
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Depending on the year/model it could have been that funny leather looking one-piece grips/brake hoods plastic job. But cotton is the best option.
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Depending on the year/model it could have been that funny leather looking one-piece grips/brake hoods plastic job. But cotton is the best option.
That possibility did not come to mind when first addressing the OP's question. I think the handlebar sleeves, like the one pictured, were offered on later bicycles, probably those from the eighties. That, however, is just a guess...

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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
That possibility did not come to mind when first addressing the OP's question. I think the handlebar sleeves, like the one pictured, were offered on later bicycles, probably those from the eighties. That, however, is just a guess...

I had a '78 that had the sleeves. I don't know what year they were introduced though, nor does anyone know what year/model the OP's bike is.
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I had a '78 that had the sleeves. I don't know what year they were introduced though, nor does anyone know what year/model the OP's bike is.
You have jogged a miserably failing memory. At least I think its failing, I forget??? Anyway..

I did have another Grand Jubilee, from the middle/late seventies, and it had the rubber handlebar sleeves that were one piece with the hoods(often wonder how they got those bloody things installed? They look pretty good and feel pretty good, but sometimes they get all gooey.

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I had a 1977 Grand Jubilee (looks just like Randyjawas) it had the once piece black plastic handlebar covers. I took them off and kept them for years. Had the 'turkey lever' brake levers too.
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My mid-70's Grand Record came stock with black plastic tape and "M"-logo'd plugs.
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I think I'll go with black cotton tape from Velo Orange.

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My 78 still has the original 1 piece black sleeves. I've had them off & back on several times. The key is lubricant. I squirt WD40 underneath to work them off. To put them back on, I clean off all the WD40, and use soapy water for lubricant to work them back on. The water eventually dries and they grip the bar really well again. I've always liked they way they look & feel. Not as soft as padded tape, but very durable.
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