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Need some not-so-bulky bar tape.

Old 04-09-08, 09:15 AM
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Need some not-so-bulky bar tape.

My only experience with bar tape is the thicker super cushioned variety. I'm looking for something a little more slim and trim. What are your favorites?
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i like the fizik tapes
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tressostar cotton tape.
or cateye. or velox.
they're all good. but either way cotton tape is the way to go.

it doesn't get slippery, it's thin and easy to grab, it's comfortable (provided you wear gloves when it's a bit humid or else you'll have mad blisters).
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Good ole cork tape, pulled tight. Doesn't look or feel bulky. Just stay away from the ones that have gel in them and you should be fine.
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one layer of cotton tape (no overlap) followed by another layer of cotton tape harlequin/diamond wrap (single color 'cause two colors looks tacky) followed by 5-7 layers of shellac.
the shellac keeps it waterproof and durable (emphasis on durable); the inner layer keeps things soft and absorbs buzz, the harlequin wrap keeps the shellac from hardening the inner layer and looks gorgeous when done with a single color.
you end up with a waterproof wrap that's bulletproof and classy without being mushy like gel or get grimy and gross like cork. takes a full day to wrap, but lasts forever even after spills.

i use the cheap stuff for the inner layer, toshi for the outer layer.

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how does the color hold up for shellac/cloth? If I were to do white cloth, would the shellac turn the color a yellow-ish tint?
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Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
one layer of cotton tape (no overlap) followed by another layer of cotton tape harlequin/diamond wrap (single color 'cause two colors looks tacky) followed by 5-7 layers of shellac.
the shellac keeps it waterproof and durable (emphasis on durable); the inner layer keeps things soft and absorbs buzz, the harlequin wrap keeps the shellac from hardening the inner layer and looks gorgeous when done with a single color.
you end up with a waterproof wrap that's bulletproof and classy without being mushy like gel or get grimy and gross like cork. takes a full day to wrap, but lasts forever even after spills.

i use the cheap stuff for the inner layer, toshi for the outer layer.
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how does the color hold up for shellac/cloth? If I were to do white cloth, would the shellac turn the color a yellow-ish tint?
they sell clear shellac. i bought amber for my bars because it was cheaper, but i also use black tape so you can't tell. i can't speak for how clear shellac looks, but i imagine color change would be minimal...
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Amber shellac turns white cloth tape a dark brown, not yellow-ish as you may expect. The exception may be if you just apply a very thin, overly-diluted coat, but that prevents all of the real benefits of shellac.
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i switched from cork to fizik stuff not too long ago. its nice...very 'low profile' and very low key.
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Be different and keep it simple - go with duct tape or electricians tape. They both come in a variety of colours.
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I use ambrosio tape bought from probikekit.com. I bought it mainly cos it was only 1.69 but I also like the feel of it wrapped and would recommend it as it doesnt look as bad as cork tape does sweaty.
The white does go yellow/brown after 50 odd miles though, but the black still looks new after 200.

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Clear shellac isn't truly clear. It still has an amber hue to it. Looks beautiful on oak, but I have no experience with it on white tape.

Basically, clear shellac is amber and amber shellac is really ****ing amber. To get a true clear finish, you almost always have to go water based. I don't know anyone who has tried using a water based poly finish over bar tape, so I can't tell you about durability. Part of me wonders how a water based spar urethane would work in this situation. Some of those dry pretty clear, and they're durable as a mother****er.

I wouldn't even bother with a water based polyurethane, because most all of them are indoor only. They aren't really going to hold up to constant moisture (sweat and rain) and UV rays will end up yellowing them anyways.

Water based finishes are usually a lot lower in VOC's too, so yeah. Save the Earth and stuff. Neat.
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The Fizik stuff is thin and looks and feels nice. The adhesive on it sucks though, and it's way too expensive most places.
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heres an ok pic of the fizik stuff i have currently:

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Black and grey Fizik tapes are the worst. I hate the velvet-y feel to them. They actually gross me out.

I'm interested in trying to water-based polyu on my yellow Cateye tape for my track bike. It's not exposed to too much moisture, since it's only outside when it's being raced, and if it yellows any - so what?
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Craig you wrapped your bars backwards, no bueno my friend! start on the horn and go towards the stem to keep that stuff in place.
As for tape, I run Fizik right now but for a bit more cush and still fairly thin try the specialized roubaix, real good stuff in the wet and looks great too. I ran deda once which looks money, a bit thicker than Fizik but won't curve at all so I tossed it. Never liked cloth much cuz I don't like wearing gloves on shorter rides like under 20 and I don't go over 20 very often on the fixed. good luck!
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Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
one layer of cotton tape (no overlap) followed by another layer of cotton tape harlequin/diamond wrap (single color 'cause two colors looks tacky) followed by 5-7 layers of shellac.
the shellac keeps it waterproof and durable (emphasis on durable); the inner layer keeps things soft and absorbs buzz, the harlequin wrap keeps the shellac from hardening the inner layer and looks gorgeous when done with a single color.
you end up with a waterproof wrap that's bulletproof and classy without being mushy like gel or get grimy and gross like cork. takes a full day to wrap, but lasts forever even after spills.

i use the cheap stuff for the inner layer, toshi for the outer layer.


This wrap job survived getting hit by a mini-van and being dragged over the ground. Too bad the handlebars themselves were bent beyond hope of repair.

On my new bike I'm just running some shellaced cork tape since I didn't have any cotton and didn't want to wait for shipping, and it's ok, but no where near as durable, even after a good 6 coats. I'm not sure if I'm going to roll cotton on over the current cork, or just re-do it entirely...
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On my new bike I'm just running some shellaced cork tape since I didn't have any cotton and didn't want to wait for shipping, and it's ok, but no where near as durable, even after a good 6 coats. I'm not sure if I'm going to roll cotton on over the current cork, or just re-do it entirely...
Shellac on cotton over cork works great. I have it on my current bike because i thought the cork base might make things more comfortable for longer distance riding. The nubbled surface of the cotton tape holds onto the shellac really well as it flexes. It works much better than the cork does alone. It doesn't look as sleek as cotton alone, but you can't have everything.

This is hot pink tape with 7 or so coats. I'm thinking of losing it and using red tape with fewer coats instead.

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i just finished wrapping some bars with Fizik and I'm very happy with it. You can pull it MUCH tighter than cork without fear of it tearing.
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+1 for fizik tape
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I like Fizik.
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