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alternatives to fizik bar tape

Old 06-18-11, 01:32 PM
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alternatives to fizik bar tape

My fizik bar tape is incredibly slippery now that it is hot outside and my hands sweat (don't use gloves). Any recommendations for tape that is thin and does not get slippery when wet? Thanks
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Old 06-18-11, 01:47 PM
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fizik is the best
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Old 06-18-11, 01:48 PM
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Bontrager.
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Old 06-18-11, 02:01 PM
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Lizard Skins DSP
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Old 06-18-11, 02:27 PM
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(redacted by moderator) I run Fizik tape on all my bikes, in all conditions. It is never slippery.

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Old 06-18-11, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ibis_ti View Post
Lizard Skins DSP
this would get my vote as well. if you are worried about grip this is the tape to get.

ive never had an issue with Fizik though
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Old 06-18-11, 02:41 PM
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Hockey Tape.
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Originally Posted by shadoman View Post
Hockey Tape.
+1 lol
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Bontrager is close to Fizik.
But yeah, Fizik is the best.
I like both a lot.

Which Fizik tape are you using OP?
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Old 06-18-11, 03:48 PM
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Stella Azzura Eleganza. Has a nice tacky feel to it.
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I like Specialized tape, but I wear gloves and have never had slipperiness problems with any tape.
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this kind: http://www.amazon.com/Fizik-Handleba.../dp/B003Q40YIU

would the "suede" kind be a bit better?
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Originally Posted by M_Wales View Post
+1 lol


Didja think I was kidding ?
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Old 06-19-11, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by M_FactorX19 View Post
this would get my vote as well. if you are worried about grip this is the tape to get.

ive never had an issue with Fizik though
I had the same issue while riding in Mississippi. Sweaty hands made my brand new Fizik tape feel slippery. Other than that I do love how it feels.
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Old 06-19-11, 07:45 PM
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It might not be popular around here, but this stuff really does work well in wet conditions:

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/tape5080.html

I use that on my Portland, OR commuter and ride through our rainy season and have never had a problem. They even market that it "Becomes tacky when wet for better grip".
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Old 06-19-11, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by bostongarden View Post
fizik is the best
incorrect.

Originally Posted by ibis_ti View Post
Lizard Skins DSP
correct.




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Old 06-19-11, 09:49 PM
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From the pics it looks kind of... ugly. Do you have any pics of it wrapped?
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Old 06-20-11, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
incorrect.



correct.




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How is Lizard Skin when your hands get sweaty? I don't normally wear gloves.
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Old 06-20-11, 10:40 AM
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Deda or Cinelli cork seems to work pretty well.
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Newbaum's. Thinner and better grip than Fizik.
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Old 06-20-11, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by fatslowbiker View Post
How is Lizard Skin when your hands get sweaty? I don't normally wear gloves.
You just answered your own question.

DSP is also easy to clean with castile soap (like Dr. Bronners); just wipe on some soap, work it in with a sponge, and then rinse off.

The tape costs 3x as much as nornal tape but lasts much, much longer, stays cleaner, and has excellent grip in all conditions, with or without gloves, with or without sweat.

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Old 06-20-11, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by DScott View Post
Deda or Cinelli cork seems to work pretty well.
I was going to say the same thing.
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Old 06-20-11, 12:08 PM
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I'll toss in another vote for Lizzard Skin. Retains its tacky feel even when wet.
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not really a big fan of the deda cork. fizik microtex has very minimal padding, unlike the cork that i've tried in the past.

i only use fizik microtex so i don't know any alternatives but stay away from deda if you like little to no padding in your tape.
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Old 06-20-11, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by fatslowbiker View Post

would the "suede" kind be a bit better?
Yes, I found the suede one to be quite gripy. I think you'd like it.
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