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What tape do you use, and why?

Old 08-02-11, 09:52 AM
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What tape do you use, and why?

I am replacing my handlebar this Friday when the part comes in, and so I have a few days to do research on what tape I want them to put on it.

What has worked the best for you all, and what did you like about it?

My primary concern is comfort. I wear gloves, and have not had grip problems before. Occasionally my wrists have been a little sore after a long ride, but nothing out of the ordinary.
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FWIW, I use Deda or Cinelli cork, and have on occasion double-wrapped it on the tops and bar ends for padding, to good effect. You can wrap it looser or tighter for less or more padding.

However, I doubt it'll do much to help with wrist pain. I think that's more a hand-position and/or fit issue.
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Deda...because my LBS has this and the Specialized stuff and I don't like how thick the Specialized stuff is.
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Fizik Microtex. Keeps really clean, looks sharp, and isn't all squishy.
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Not sure what kind I've got now, but it's really nice cork tape. Cork rocks. But if your wrists are hurting, that's probably a fit issue.
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Basic black cork. Tried the fancy stuff, doesn't feel noticeably better, white gets dirty, cammo looks silly, chrome is too slippery (and too 1970's Buck Rogers-y), and hockey tape retains too much moisture.
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Black Cinelli cork. Tried some others but I keep coming back to the cork.

Black because I'm lazy and would rather ride than clean and you can temporarily touch up a tear or scrape with electrician's tape.
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Fizik tape. I wear gloves as well. So much nicer then the gel tape that came on the bike.
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I run the gamut of Fizik, Deda, Cinelli and Specialized. I usually get it if it is the color I want and usually on sale. I also use Bar Phat so the padding/vibration dampening qualities do not play a part in the decision.
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Deda because it's cheap and feels great. Plus I now use Deda for my handlebars, stems, and seatposts on all my bikes so I guess I'm a bit biased.
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Fizik, it looks nice, wipes easily, and is lightly padded.
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