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Old 06-27-06, 10:52 AM
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bar and bartape suggestions?

I have everything i need for my new build either in my possession or in the mail except for a handlebar, tape, a seat, and.....uhhhh......wheels but that'll be another thread.

Ive seen the FSA Wing Pro around a lot, its only $60 at performance. Who here uses this bar? thoughts? what else should i look at/look for?

and tape? any kind that anyone absolutely loves (havent decided on color yet.....)?
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Old 06-27-06, 11:05 AM
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I have the Salsa Bell Lap cyclocross bar. It is a little wider than anything else I could find and I like it alot.

I did one unusual thing on my bars which I like... Instead of finishing the bar tape off with colored tape or electric tape, I used a thin colored string. (Yellow masonry line actually.) It feels nice under my thumb when I'm riding up top and I never have that gummy spot when the tape shifts a bit.
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Old 06-27-06, 11:37 AM
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I really like Fizik Microtex bartape. Very thin, so not intended for cushioning road chatter (padded gloves are compulsory). But a great feel, and easy to work with. Not to mention, it looks cool.

As for bars, I'm still hunting for one I like. Presently using an aluminum Easton that is decent, though I don't care too much for the ergo drops on it. Might try a Ritchey WCS next.
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I have an FSA Wing Pro on my cross bike. I don't detect any comfort improvement but my hands never bothered me. Others may find it helpfull. Unlike my road bars there is exactly one place for my hands in the drops. Perhaps that is good. I didn't wrap the bars but I suspect that it may have been a little harder because (again, I suspect) the circumference is larger and the tape will have less overlap and require a little more care while winding. In spite of how I sound I'd say that I am neutral.
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Old 06-27-06, 02:22 PM
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Cinelli cork tape. Cheap, comes in a million colors and color combos, holds up well over time, and feels good in your hands.
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
Cinelli cork tape. Cheap, comes in a million colors and color combos, holds up well over time, and feels good in your hands.
+1. That stuff is the gold standard in handlebar wrap.
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+1 on the FSA Wing Pro, I like the wider tops
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Tune makes a carbon bar that is really wide on top that is very comfortable. Its sold under a ton of different brand names. Bikesdirect.com sells them as their "XRP" handlebars, for example. I don't like carbon bars but I'm tempted to get these with all the problems with my ulnar nerve and round bars.
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I use Cinelli red/yellow marbled cork bar tape. Its double wrapped and works just dandy for me. As for pars, i prefer a more round profile bar. the ergo bars piss me off.
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I use two rolls of tape per side (double tape). Looks kinda goofy but feels great. I think I read somewhere where Dave Zybriski (sorry 'bout the spelling) does that too, which made me feel a little less crazy.
Oh, and I only use white. Why, I dunno- just like it I suppose.
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I just recently put on Bontrager Gel tape and love it. Not to thick and mushy but enough to take out a lot of the bumps on the road...
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
Cinelli cork tape. Cheap, comes in a million colors and color combos, holds up well over time, and feels good in your hands.
Try the Deda bar tape. It's even better than cinelli.
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Gel inserts

Anyone ever try the gel inserts/pads that Nashbar sells? http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename= They look like they would work well.

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Originally Posted by cs1
Anyone ever try the gel inserts/pads that Nashbar sells? http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename= They look like they would work well.

Tim
A post here a while back had somefolks singing their praises.
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I have used the nashbar gel pads on my commuter. So far so good, no complains. I used two sets actually (they go on sale regularly) and put two pads in parallel on each top flat and two in parallel on the drop. The idea was to have a furrow between the pads. This acts like the groove in orthopedic gloves that keeps pressure off the carpal and ulnar nerves.....seems to work. I use really cheap gloves to commute in with none of my usual finger tinglings. With cork tape on top, the bar looks a little strange up close, but not too obvious. One fellow that I talked to said that his Nashbar gel pads ruptured after a time and leaked. I have a total of eight of them on the bars (a set is four) and maybe two-three thousand miles of commuting and no trouble so far. ymmv
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Tape is tape.... what ever is onsale at the place you buy your bars from. If you need extra padding, use those extra peices that come with the tape on the top's and drops. There's a way to wrap bars that you don't need to do a pretzel design around the hoods which saves lots of tape too.

As for bars, i really like the VR bend bars from Bontrager.
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Old 06-28-06, 12:45 PM
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you could consider deda hydra bars, like the FSA k-wing and i only taped up about 2" past the hoods... the tops are nicely shaped, but I realy like the transition area to the hoods, drops are fine (nothing special)
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