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Bar Tape **********?

Old 08-14-07, 06:58 PM
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Bar Tape **********?

Which bar tape do you like best and why **********??
The stock Bontranger tape on my new Trek came off in the 1st 5 miles of ridding, rewrapped it and it's OK for now but was looking for something more durable and a little more comfy !
Thanks Joe
Also thought about using the orange and white cork tape since my bike is Flare Dutone (bright orange )
But thought it would look....GOOFY, for lack of better word.
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Old 08-14-07, 06:59 PM
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Make the LBS retape it for you.
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Originally Posted by 666 View Post
Make the LBS retape it for you.
One of the most remedial tasks you can do to a bike. That's like paying for a flat change.
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https://fixedgeargallery.com/articles/diamondweave/

Make your bars look sweet!
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Originally Posted by casicua View Post
One of the most remedial tasks you can do to a bike. That's like paying for a flat change.
+1 Look at this as an opportunity to practice retaping your bars yourself. It is painfully easy once you've done it a couple times.
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Old 08-14-07, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by casicua View Post
One of the most remedial tasks you can do to a bike. That's like paying for a flat change.
But if you don't know what you are doing, or don't do it a lot, you may do it backwards (causing the edges to peel up), have lumps, screw up the brifter overlap, not know what the small strips are for and put it on the outside of the wrap (don't laugh, I have seen it 3 times now), pull to hard and rip the tape and then have to buy another set, the list is endless. Wrapping bars correctly is an art IMHO, any fool and do it, but it takes practice to do it perfect. Nothing wrong with wanting it done correctly, especially if he/she just bought the bike.

I agree however w/ the other poster who suggested taking it back to the shop. 5 miles is too short for anything to go wrong.

Bontrager "cork" tape is fine. I have 1500 miles on mine and it is due. Cinelli cork is more durable, costs a little more, and is not as cushy at the beginning but makes up for it in the long run with durability.
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Old 08-14-07, 07:34 PM
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What the hell with all the question marks? This is just a bar tape.
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Old 08-14-07, 07:41 PM
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Another vote for Cinelli cork tape. It's a little more expensive than some other stuff but I like the way it feels and it's durable too.
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Old 08-14-07, 09:44 PM
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Deda, nothing but Deda for me.
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Cinelli cork tape is the gold standard.
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I use Fizik tape and have been very impressed with how its holding up. The white tape is still white! Well, I have cleaned it a few times, but it hasnt fallen apart, yet! When it does, I'll be replacing it with the same kind.
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Originally Posted by crash13 View Post
I use Fizik tape and have been very impressed with how its holding up. The white tape is still white! Well, I have cleaned it a few times, but it hasnt fallen apart, yet! When it does, I'll be replacing it with the same kind.
I tried it but I can't stand it. It rolls up easily at the edges when you run your hands along the bars which drives me nuts.
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Cinelli cork tape. White.
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fizik lasts forever.
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Originally Posted by asherlighn View Post
You could also do this same technique with two white cloths that are not as wide - thinner, perhaps even like a very thick thread. Your result will be much like the grips of a "ninja" sword - cool, distinct, and really grippy! Saw it on a bike of some guy I rolled with for a couple blocks recently while downtown. Sweet looking setup.
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I've had good luck with the Bontrager tape. I suspect they did a rotten wrapping job at your LBS. I used specialized tape once - exactly the same.
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Fizik, cause it's got little little holes all the way throughl.

oh, and it stays on well if you wrap it tightly.
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Performance Gel tape is what I've found to be the best. Soft and comfortable, and while it doesn't have adhesive, the reverse side is very sticky, so it's easy to wrap and stays put but doesn't leave gunk on your bars.
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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!
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Originally Posted by urodacus View Post
Fizik, cause it's got little little holes all the way throughl.

oh, and it stays on well if you wrap it tightly.

True. I've found that the black rolls a bit around the edges, but the other colors lay flat and tight. I still love the black, though.
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If you insist on replacing new tape go with Deda or Fizik. Great, durable tape.
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I have a bad wrist (broke every bone) from a BMX wreck back when I was a kid. Now it gives me a lot of trouble when I ride long distances. I went with the Specialized Super Phat tape and gel and it's really helped me a lot. Looks like it'll be pretty durable also.
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Originally Posted by Electric_Elvis View Post
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!
Hardware stores sell electrical tape in almost all colors. That should help solve the OCP issue.
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I use profile. Nice and cheap and very comfortable. I like the thickness.
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Make sure you get tape that is both laterally stiff and vertically compliant.
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