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Old 2nd September 2010   #51
eyebrowsdonor
 
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could also just get squash or tennis racquet tape.
get the squishy stuff.
pretty cheap.
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Old 2nd September 2010   #52
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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.
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Old 2nd September 2010   #53
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i can't help thinking insulating tape would suffice. Should cost under 1
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Old 3rd September 2010   #54
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Why skimp with insulating tape...? I had enough leftover fizik to wrap the handles of my suspension spanners. Luxury!
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Old 3rd September 2010   #55
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Pipe lagging and insulation tape... Just like my first frame pads on my Raleigh Burner when I was 8!
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Old 3rd September 2010   #56
Wannabe
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

Last edited by Wannabe; 3rd September 2010 at 08:17. Reason: beaten to it!
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Old 3rd September 2010   #57
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Oh yeah, was gonna do this on our Bugaboo pushchair when my first son was little. Never did though!
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Old 3rd September 2010   #58
Northern Rob
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?
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Old 3rd September 2010   #59
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Do hipsters have kids?
With those tight jeans?

I think not.

Except for Pistanator that is. And BMMF.
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Old 3rd September 2010   #60
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Damn, need to work harder on being a hipster to make Clive's list.
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Old 12th November 2010   #61
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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.
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Old 12th November 2010   #62
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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).
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Old 12th November 2010   #63
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these look really nice and a really good price.

leather handlebars
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Old 16th April 2011   #64
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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.

#notsponsoredbyspecializedhonestandguaranteednotas troturfing
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Old 16th April 2011   #65
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Also, we don't seem to have a Grand Unified Bar Tape Thread, hence the dredge.
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Old 16th April 2011   #66
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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.
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Old 16th April 2011   #67
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Fizik or die
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Old 16th April 2011   #68
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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.
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Old 26th May 2011   #69
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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!

http://www.framebuilders.toucansurf.com/Singersown.htm
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Old 26th May 2011   #70
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isn't it just the same stuff you use on wood? varnish?
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Old 26th May 2011   #71
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Looks like varnish, marine varnish perhaps for durability? Could be shellac given how shiny it is.

Last edited by Aroogah; 26th May 2011 at 17:49. Reason: Shellac not shellack - there is nothing missing
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Old 26th May 2011   #72
lae
Yes it is shellac. You can buy shellac flakes in hardware shops, then you dissolve them in denatured alcohol and paint onto the cloth.
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Old 27th May 2011   #73
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Velo Orange dose them too, http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...ac-flakes.html

as well as the cotton bartape.
http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...ebar-tape.html
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Old 27th May 2011   #74
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Thanks guys!

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

L
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Old 27th May 2011   #75
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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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Old 27th May 2011   #76
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It's nice to work with, used it on loads of stuff over the years. Really cheap, great smell, loads of colours.
Can get a lifetimes worth for about a tenner.
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Old 3rd June 2011   #77
baldbeats
how to clean Cinelli leather bar tape??

I have light brown Cinelli bar tape on my drop handlebars, honey coloured, with time it is darkening off but today i have noticed it is blackened off with dirt, wanted to know whats best to clean it off? Any suggestions would be great????
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Old 3rd June 2011   #78
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No really good suggestions, but I cleaned my brooks using a citrus degreaser, and then used the brooks proofide to renourish it. However it's still well used and has dark sweat marks. Just no black oil marks.

Maybe just try a light solution of fairy, and if it works follow up with a leather nourisher.
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Old 3rd June 2011   #79
Cranks
This is a great video from
on how to wrap your cloth tape. I've got Newbaum's cloth, really nice.
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Old 4th June 2011   #80
Mightyquin
Bar tape fizik

Hi,

I wanted to replace the bar tape and rubber hoods on my s/h paddy wagon. Tektro don't sell the rubber hoods so I had to buy a new pair of levers, which of course are a different design (so I couldn't just swap the hood covers).

That meant new bar tape, fine, as the current stuff was OK but a bit dull. I bought some fizik dual tape, black with a grey stripe (to match the mid grey colour frame). It's very thick/cushioned tape and I was told, tricky to fit. Oooops

Then I found I had to fit new cables (had to cut the old ones to get the levers off). So a 'quick' job turned into a project!

Job done, the bar tape was fine to fit (my first attempt) and it's REALLY nice!

No point to this thread really, I'm just feeling pleased with myself and my smarter looking bike!

I'm thinking of yellow tyres now (it's got yellow highlights on the Kona badges) or red, or one of each............
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Old 4th June 2011   #81
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Old 4th June 2011   #82
Mightyquin
LOL! love that cool cat!
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Old 4th June 2011   #83
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Tektro somenumber is the same lever same as the forgot-teh-name name-brand with little lizards.
The brand has hoods available that fit Tektro.
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Old 4th June 2011   #84
miro_odonor
 
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ORLY?

is it the Tektro 340s levers?

...please remember.
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Old 4th June 2011   #85
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Tektro somenumber is the same lever same as the forgot-teh-name name-brand with little lizards.
Most interesting post in this thread so far.
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Old 4th June 2011   #86
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Cane Creek and Tektro R100/R200
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Old 4th June 2011   #87
Pifkodonor
 
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....or somethingorother
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Old 4th June 2011   #88
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Dia Compe and Cane Creek too.
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Old 4th June 2011   #89
Pifkodonor
 
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Shimano and Campag also
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Old 4th June 2011   #90
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Fizik dual tape is really comfy, surprisingly heavy though.
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Old 4th June 2011   #91
EEIdonor
 
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My bike has a rack. I don't care about heavy.
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Old 6th June 2011   #92
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I grow leg hair. Will that make it heavy?
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Old 26th February 2012   #93
chris0
Thinking of trying the fizik gel pads things that go under the bar tape. Anyone had any experience of them? Just wondering if they're worth the money, or if I should just reuse a bit of old bar tape.
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Old 26th February 2012   #94
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they're awesome. Do it.
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Old 27th February 2012   #95
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+1

Have the stuff on the commuter, and putting it on the fatbike. Difficult to confirm any vibration damping, but the added squish adds grip. I like it under the relativily thin Fizik microtex tape.
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Old 27th February 2012   #96
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Gel pads:


HTFU!
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Old 27th February 2012   #97
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Gel pads:


HTFU!
FTR I use mine on bikes that I ride off-road, yet have bar-taped bars.
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Old 27th February 2012   #98
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The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
;)
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Old 27th February 2012   #99
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Party feet are a must for an evenings intense mincing though.
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Old 27th February 2012   #100
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just wrapped my bars with the VO leather tape. First impressions: very, very nice. I also took the opportunity to move the hoods up about a cm which gives me a more comfortbale riding position. Unfortauntely it now means I have a mis-matched saddle and tape (a Charge Spoon, but a different shade of brown) but I'm going to save pennies for either the e-Regal or maye a Brooks I want to put on it
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