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  • could also just get squash or tennis racquet tape.
    get the squishy stuff.
    pretty cheap.

  • Fuck it, go the whole hog and get Cinelli leather; they only grow up once!
    Failing that get some cheap stuff off ebay, multi coloured 80's cork style would look ace.
    Can also get the foam tube stuff from sjs i think.

  • i can't help thinking insulating tape would suffice. Should cost under £1

  • Why skimp with insulating tape...? I had enough leftover fizik to wrap the handles of my suspension spanners. Luxury!

  • Pipe lagging and insulation tape... Just like my first frame pads on my Raleigh Burner when I was 8!

  • Pipelagging with a layer of electricians tape round the outside for ultimate cheapness TOO SLOW BALLS

    squash grips are what, two quid each? buy four and double wrap it! v comfy

    bar tape double wrapped, the roubaix stuff is squidgy

  • Oh yeah, was gonna do this on our Bugaboo pushchair when my first son was little. Never did though!

  • Cheers all, I'm gonna go with some roubaix stuff as I want it looking a bit smart. Child B needs it for about another month or two then will flog it for £X plus massive hipster tax. Do hipsters have kids? Or do all the campfire troubador guerilla cupcake secret cinema bagel clubs get in the way?

  • Do hipsters have kids?

    With those tight jeans?

    I think not.

    Except for Pistanator that is. And BMMF.

  • Damn, need to work harder on being a hipster to make Clive's list.

  • Having done it, I can safely say the difficult bit is cutting the leather perfectly straight, it has a tendency to shift while you cut it. I used a stanley knife and a ruler but it wasn't too easy. If you can get something to grip the leather and hold it taut that would help.

    There's a sewing tool that's a clear piece of perspex with measure marks and rows cut in it to give a straight line and put the leather under it to put pressure on it to keep it straight. I have one and would not mind if someone wants to come over to use it. Lemme know.

  • god, was that English?
    also, 7.5 cm would work for one width of bars but not another. 25.4, 26, or I have 22.2s (I think).

  • these look really nice and a really good price.

    leather handlebars

  • I recently had a very good experience with Specialized S-Wrap Cork bar tape (bought from Condor). As with all things mechanical, I'm extremely rubbish at wrapping bar tape, but with the Specialized tape I found it very easy, much to my surprise. In between wrapping two bikes with Specialized tape, I also used some Ciclolinea tape and another brand I can't remember on two other bikes, and made a right hash of that, as usual.

    This being comfy cork tape, I also love the feel of it and the nice dampening effect when riding. I'm really comfortable on the bars now.

    I realise that this sounds a bit gushing, but as this thread is for recommendations, I thought I'd recommend this, if only for mechanically challenged people like me. For balance I should say that I don't use many Specialized products at all.

    #notsponsoredbyspecializedhonestandguara­nteednotastroturfing

  • Also, we don't seem to have a Grand Unified Bar Tape Thread, hence the dredge.

  • I can also second the Specialized wrap. I'm not sure we are talking about the same product though. The stuff I got has a cloth like appearance but its cushioned, I believe its called Roubaix. Its both ergonomically and aesthetically pleasing. I like it lots.

    Also, the Easton cork bar tape is excellent stuff, more cushioned than the Specialized stuff but cheaper and it lasts for ages.

  • Fizik or die

  • I can also second the Specialized wrap. I'm not sure we are talking about the same product though. The stuff I got has a cloth like appearance but its cushioned, I believe its called Roubaix. Its both ergonomically and aesthetically pleasing. I like it lots.

    Also, the Easton cork bar tape is excellent stuff, more cushioned than the Specialized stuff but cheaper and it lasts for ages.

    Aye, the Roubaix stuff is really nice to perch on.

    I still like the 'buffed' Fiz!1k tape though.

  • Anyone here know how to achieve this? I have some white fabric tape, and would like to try it at some point, Alex Singer style...


    image why you not display ffs!

    framebuilders.toucansurf.com/­Singersown.htm

  • isn't it just the same stuff you use on wood? varnish?

  • Looks like varnish, marine varnish perhaps for durability? Could be shellac given how shiny it is.

  • Yes it is shellac. You can buy shellac flakes in hardware shops, then you dissolve them in denatured alcohol and paint onto the cloth.

  • Thanks guys!

    Need to find an occasion to do this, looks really cool...

    L

  • Thanks guys!

    Need to find an occasion to do this, looks really cool...

    L

    Popular on old tourers as its a very hard wearing set-up. Its especially resistant to rain. Theres a guide somewhere on the colours to be expected from various tape/shellac combos.

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