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What color handlebar tape? (Black/dark purple frame)

Old 06-27-12, 07:25 AM
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What color handlebar tape? (Black/dark purple frame)

Hey all... just an aesthetics question.

Our neighbour was moving out and offered me his old 1991 (i believe) Trek 2100 Carbon composite bike for free. In pretty decent shape, aside from the handlebar tape unravelling a bit, and general tune up, new tires/tubes.

It's this one here I found a photo of. https://www.flickr.com/photos/2130633...9125/lightbox/ (not sure why it says 1987, 2100 wasn't introduced til 1991 afaik)

I would add that the the purple parts on the frame are much darker in real life, (could be mistaken for black in dim lighting)
I've always been fond of brown handlebar tape (have some now on my blue 1979 Nishiki International). Do you think Brown would work in this scheme (along with a brown saddle)?

Any other suggestions?

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Depends on the people you are trying to please or impress. Pick a color that you like and stick to it.
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Black tape is the most practical and best looking tape. Unless you crash your bike it will last a long, long time.

The white tape shown will look really bad in just a few rides. You will want to replace it. Bike shops love to sell white bar tape.

I use the Cinelli cork and after trying any number of other brands refuse to buy anything else.
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+1, if you have to deal with the dirty chain, putting your greasy hands back
on anything but black tape, will blow the aesthetics..
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Hey, it's just handlebar tape. Don't listen to anybody else. If you think that you'd like brown, try brown. You're the only person in the entire world that bike has to make happy.

If, sometime in the future, you decide that you don't like brown anymore, try something else. Handlebar tape is the cheapest way there is of giving your bike a new look. If you have no imagination you can always go with black. Black may never really thrill but then it never disappoints either.
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Brown with a brown saddle would look great, IMO. It's an unexpected, but pleasing choice. Now if you can make the seatpost and stem silver like the brakes and crank, and the cable housing black instead of white, then you'd be all set.

PS: if it has gumwall tires, keep them, especially if you go brown.
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flourescent green or yellow goes great with black and purple
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This kind of thing is so personal and subjective, that I think no one can answer it for you. Though I think we can objectively state that darker colors are more practical. At the same time, I notice around me that lighter colors are probably more popular right now. Especially here in the city, it seems like people want their bar-tape to stand out rather than to blend in.
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I have two dark purple bikes (same model) mine has black cloth tape on it. My brother used white padded tape on the one he rode... his looks like crap, mine still looks good.

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Here she is:

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Looks good to me.
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I was going to post a one word response: "BLACK"
But seeing the bike has shown me the magnitude of my ignorance. Beautiful!
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I'd ride that. Good choice.
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Originally Posted by LarDasse74
I was going to post a one word response: "BLACK"
But seeing the bike has shown me the magnitude of my ignorance. Beautiful!
Yeah, but he held back and didn't tell us about the brown sidewall tires. Absent that detail it's just a brown saddle and handlebar tape. With the tires it's positively gorgeous.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
Yeah, but he held back and didn't tell us about the brown sidewall tires. Absent that detail it's just a brown saddle and handlebar tape. With the tires it's positively gorgeous.
I have to agree.

Carry some wet wipes to clean your hands if you have to handle your chain. Be a shame to ruin that look.
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One also can carry thin plastic hospital gloves for working on the bike and keeping your hands clean. When done, turn them inside out before putting them away. This keep the grease off of everything else. If they get sweaty, put them out to dry at home.

I'm surprised, I really like the brown.
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That turned out really nice! It has that old school flair.
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I don't think I have seen a brown saddle/bartape combo that didn't look good. Always seems to class up a bike. Always looks real nice.
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