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It's Amazing How Much Difference Bar Tape Can Make

Old 11-08-11, 05:27 PM
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It's Amazing How Much Difference Bar Tape Can Make

I never wanted my bike to look like a tourist safari adventure, but I was sent the wrong tape...and felt waste not, want not. I regretted my thrift almost immediately afterwards. The tape FINALLY became ratty enough for me to discard in good conscious (I'm waiting for that to happen with the yellow tape on my Sachs, but I don't ride it much and it'll be a while) and I'm very pleased with the less ridiculous appearance. I also took the opportunity to change the stem and bars...I had the last stem well above the limit line.

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Much better!

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that looks much better!

you must tell me what brake hanger that is. do you know where i can find one?
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Good move Aaron!

Are that the titanium Tubus'?
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Originally Posted by Elev12k
Good move Aaron!

Are that the titanium Tubus'?
Stainless steel - they didn't have the full ti racks when i ordered these (I probably would have).
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The 'before' look used to conjure up the image of a Land Rover on African safari.
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Aaron, Quite an improvement. That handle bar tape reminds me of the marbled (white, black and grey) Sampson tape I used on my distance bike for awhile. It's only redeeming value was that it was uneffected when wet. The first sign of a tear and it was gone! It was just hideous on a bike where it matched nothng.

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Looks groovy Aaron!

Ready for a nice long ride.
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props to whomever finally told you.
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Originally Posted by illwafer
props to whomever finally told you.
I knew it was ugly, but I had a fundamental problem throwing out $20 when it would eventually be changed anyway. I don't know what happened, but I was sent the wrong tape in an order...they refunded the money and told me to keep it. I sat there...considering...and eventually thought it's $20 and it'll be gone in a year anyway. It always bugged me, but it worked well, and I just couldn't justify changing it out.

I need to ride the Sachs more in order to justify changing that tape. It was a fashion faux pax from someone who is color blind and not very artistically driven.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I knew it was ugly, but I had a fundamental problem throwing out $20 when it would eventually be changed anyway. I don't know what happened, but I was sent the wrong tape in an order...they refunded the money and told me to keep it. I sat there...considering...and eventually thought it's $20 and it'll be gone in a year anyway. It always bugged me, but it worked well, and I just couldn't justify changing it out.

I need to ride the Sachs more in order to justify changing that tape. It was a fashion faux pax from someone who is color blind and not very artistically driven.
Nothing wrong with a dash of color though, is there?

I'm a black or white bar tape guy, who occasionally gets risky with some red.

Personally, I think both of your Sachs bicycles would look great with Handlebar.

Match the color to your saddle color and you're all set.
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Yeah - I'm waiting for the yellow stuff to die first. I'm going Handlebra in basic honey and red thread matched with a honet brooks pro.
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You gave us the finger.
Twice.
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Nice classic brifter conversion too! (The black's ok, but that multicolor was especially bad.) Can you tell me what the brifter upgrade entailed? what kind of bar and brifters, rear end, that sort of thing.
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The frame is a 91' with 130mm spacing...I wouldn't call it a conversion (though I think most of these actually had flat bars and MTB trigger shifters stock). I bought it as a frame and built it up...it has Nitto ergo bars and a 105 9sp triple gruppo I got from a donor bike. Dia Compe NGC 982 brakes, Honjos and Tubus racks. I tossed a Campy seat post on it just because.

Some day I'll go with a Schmidt generator hub and higher spoke count wheels.
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In this case a picture doesn't really solve the matter. I suggest you ship me the bike for an extended road test. I will forward you the results.
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All the Zebras out there thank you.

The older I get the more I like just black. Make it much easier to accessorize.
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did you ever consider the fact that on the next time your riding through africa's wilderness that you won't blend in as much with the zebra's? i believe this increases your exposure awareness to lion's the next time you're out for a ride.....
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Great - I have always found it amazing too that when you wash, wax, polish, and put tire dressing on your bike it actually goes faster...
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Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13
did you ever consider the fact that on the next time your riding through africa's wilderness that you won't blend in as much with the zebra's? i believe this increases your exposure awareness to lion's the next time you're out for a ride.....
There is that!
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I really like the change. That 80's, hair-metal inspired bar tape was killing that bike for me. It was always a "WTF?" considering the other stuff you've built & how looks. Now I know the rest of the story (said in my best Paul Harvey Voice, ewwwww.)
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Nice look. Very clean now.
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It's weird how cheap I am in some ways, but extravagent in others. My approach partially comes down to waste as much as money...I just couldn't justify throwing out perfectly good tape just because it looked ugly...the same reason the Sachs still has yellow tires and tape (I still like the bright colors, but it is gaudy). I was perfectly willing to pay $30 for white Campy hoods, but that was because the black ones still work fine and can be used (or sold) down the road.
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