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Recommend leather bartape cheaper than Brooks, please.

Old 07-25-12, 10:55 PM
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Recommend leather bartape that is less expensive than Brooks, please.

I like the leather look, but not the Brooks price. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-26-12, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
I like the leather look, but not the Brooks price. Any suggestions?
Cut leather into strips then wrap bars?
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Old 07-26-12, 03:03 AM
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I haven't tried it, but have you ever thought of taking the leather handle tape off old tennis rackets or golf clubs? People seem to throw them away after a few years.
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Old 07-26-12, 05:40 AM
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If it is just the look you want, another possibility is to shellac cork tape. There might be more on the C&V or Mechanics forum.
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Old 07-26-12, 08:04 AM
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Leather steering wheel wrap.
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Old 07-26-12, 08:17 AM
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Deda elementi mistral tape looks fairly close in my opinion if you just want looks. Otherwise amber shellac of yellow cloth tape will get you there if you put on enough coats. If you need more cushion, put some cork tape under the cloth tape first.
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Old 07-26-12, 08:26 AM
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There's synthetic leather tape, I don't know if it's good but it's a lot cheaper.
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Old 07-26-12, 08:28 AM
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I found this:https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Easton-Baseba...item43a9c14ab2
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Old 07-26-12, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
I like the leather look, but not the Brooks price. Any suggestions?
Look at the price of Cinelli leather tape, then the Brooks looks pretty cheap.
https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=32534
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Old 07-26-12, 08:57 AM
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Keep checking EBay. I just got some blue leather tape for $15, and a few weeks ago I got some brown leather tape for $22.50.
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Old 07-26-12, 09:08 AM
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Given I ride my bikes year around , And Bling is not important . Im not into leather on handlebars.

Though I have glued [Barge shoemakers glue] thin leather on my old brake lever hoods..

can you sew? you can stitch the seam of a sleeve, in the same stitch used on baseball covers.
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Old 07-26-12, 03:13 PM
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I prefer to use hockey tape on my handlebars mainly because it's cheap, easy to put on and is a bit sticky for few weeks. When it's not sticky anymore I put one more layer of tape and when there's too much tape I just take it off and start again. A big roll of tape is about 3.99$ (canadian) and I'm good for 1-2 years.
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I just thought of something to try with my collection of worn-out leather belts.
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Old 07-28-12, 12:34 PM
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Bite the bullet.

"There is hardly anything that can't be made more cheaply and sell for less." Leather goods might be the poster child for that statement.

When I buy something that's made of leather, I do it at least in part because I like the quality leather look. All too often cheaper leather products lose that quality look. When that happens, what's the point?
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Old 07-29-12, 04:10 PM
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I cut a $5 thrift store leather coat into strips, sewed enough together to get the length I need and installed it. Has about 5K miles on it and still looks good.
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Old 07-29-12, 04:34 PM
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Selle anatomica also use the same treatment process to make bar tape of leather, too.
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Old 07-30-12, 04:29 AM
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The Charge stuff gives the look and plenty of the form and function for a fraction of the price of Brooks.

https://chargebikes.com/parts/ubend/
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Old 07-31-12, 11:44 AM
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As previously stated, golf club grips and old leather belts.
You can get the golf club grip strips at most sporting goods stores. I have used it on older fishing rods. Works great. Just wind it on and tape.
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Velo Orange is pretty nice. Have used it in the past (the perforated wrap kind, not the Elkhide).

A little while ago I went through a lot of trouble to track down Fizik Microtex in Antique Brown, because I switched to drop handlebars from bullhorns and my Velo Orange wasn't long enough to reuse (it's easier to get the honey-equivalent color Microtex, but the darker one I had to Ebay from Australia).




I had one side wrapped, and then looked at it in comparison to the real leather and wasn't happy with how it looked. So i ended up trying amber shellac over brown cork, and was much happier.

But, I still have the Microtex, and would be willing to just give it away if you want it. Just let me know and I'll send it to you. The end of one of the strips has a few inches trimmed off at an angle because I installed it, but unless your bars are huge, you should be able to make it work.
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