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Old 08-15-07, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce
Deda, nothing but Deda for me.
+1 on the Deda.

Nice girth and texture. Great for humid, sweaty climbing.
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Old 08-15-07, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by casicua
One of the most remedial tasks you can do to a bike. That's like paying for a flat change.
I know. But if I bought a new Madone and it had flats when I took delivery I'd damn sure make the LBS change them.
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Old 08-15-07, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by TCR
Make sure you get tape that is both laterally stiff and vertically compliant.
Yep. Definitely don't buy any tape that hasn't received a favorable review in Bicycling magazine.
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I know. But if I bought a new Madone and it had flats when I took delivery I'd damn sure make the LBS change them.
Not worth the trip to the store.
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I have Deda, but it gets slick when wet. I'm going back to Fizik when the Deda needs replacing.
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Old 08-15-07, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Electric_Elvis
What have you guys found to be the best way to tape the ends on the tops? I used electrical tape, but because of the hot weather and all of the sweat, they are not looking so OCP!
Go to your local hardware store and get something called friction tape, it it less sticky than electrical tape, and does not stretch as much. It has a cloth base as opposed to a plastic (vinyl) base. At first it will be tacky on the outside but that soon wears away. It will stay put and not creap even in the hottest weather. It will still look good for the life of the rest of the bar tape.

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Old 08-15-07, 11:49 AM
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The Profile stuff works and priced right. I think that all of it comes out of Dick Chaney's secret bar tape factory using Chineese prison slave labor.
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Old 08-15-07, 12:20 PM
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I've been happy with Cineli and Deda. The Deda elementis feel 'light'...fwiw.

It's just cheap tape, have fun experimenting with different ones. Also, do it yourself, couldn't be simpler. Maybe you'll have to redo the very first one (by redo I mean, just re wrap....not throw away and try again)...takes 10 minutes and its very simple. the whole bar tape thing has been overblown...its real easy/
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Originally Posted by Electric_Elvis
What have you guys found to be the best way to tape the ends on the tops? I used electrical tape, but because of the hot weather and all of the sweat, they are not looking so OCP!
I ride in temps over 100 degrees F quite often and the electrical tape works fine.

Where are you riding that it is too hot for electrical tape? The surface of Mars?
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As someone said above, Cinelli cork (not gel) is the gold standard. But I've become a fan of Deda too. Their silver carbon weave is very sharp looking and grippy.
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Originally Posted by Electric_Elvis
... you guys... are not looking so OCP!
Hey schmelvis, don't tug on it so hard. It's probably stretching back and gooing all over the place. Just tug on it enough to make it nice and taut. There you go... smoothly... nice... I like it.
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Originally Posted by Coyote2

Where are you riding that it is too hot for electrical tape? The surface of Mars?
Heh, actually that would be pretty damn cold!
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Cinelli cork, although I just wrapped my other road bike with Modolo... and damn...that stuff is comfortable (it could be that I used a bit of the old cork under certain parts of the wrap...ahhhhh).
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Deda....and awhile ago I did my bars myself for the first time...it was easy, if you take your time...my wrap job looks better than the tape that was on there when the bike was new...do it yourself!!!
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
I ride in temps over 100 degrees F quite often and the electrical tape works fine.

Where are you riding that it is too hot for electrical tape? The surface of Mars?

Mercury FTW
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Old 08-16-07, 07:18 PM
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Thanks Guys, I rewrapped it and it's fine for now. Going to pick up a couple of different rolls and like said above "experiment"
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Bontrager makes very good tape, sounds like a bad install. That said, Fizik is my favorite.
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