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Bar Tape

Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
edited December 2013 in Commuting chat
I'm clueless about what I need.

Could someone go here: http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/product/t/tape and recommend me some?

(looking for black / black.white - there's a definite mono-chrome theme going on with the bike. It's the Felt F65X)
Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
2011 Trek Madone 4.5
2012 Felt F65X
Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter

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  • cyclingpropcyclingprop Posts: 2,426
    Matt/gloss? How thick do you like it?
    What do you mean you think 64cm is a big frame?
  • majormantramajormantra Posts: 2,094
    The cheapo Deda stuff is fine, albeit not particularly cushioned, durability average.

    Microtex is more like fake leather and lasts longer, also not super cushioned though.

    Deda Mistral is a sort of Microtex copy. Also, ok, but not the easiest to wrap if you don't have much practice.

    You won't go far wrong with any decent brand, they just feel a bit different from one another. Bar tape is a consumable, don't overthink it.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,628
    Thoroughly recommend spending extra for the Lizard Skin stuff - plus then you can go half black, half white...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Prefer cushioned as this will be used in Winter and my winter gloves are not padded.

    Also prefer matt as the frame is a matt finish
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    edited December 2013
    The cheapo Deda stuff is fine, albeit not particularly cushioned, durability average.

    Me don't like the Deda stuff - it tears easily. If buying cork, you might as well just get any old cork (except Deda :lol:). As far as Ribble goes, my Gran Fondo has the black ITM embossed stuff. So far it has lasted about 15,000 miles but the sticky is a bit weak under the drops and I've had to rewind it a couple of times lately to keep it tidy. Done the trick though. It's a bit thin where it wraps over the cables but probably good for another 5000 or so and it looks perfectly smart. I suspect it does harbour the ebola virus though.
    Faster than a tent.......
  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    If you like it cushioned, get some cheap stuff as an underlay, then your tape of choice over the top.

    What finishing kit/saddle does the bike have?
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

    PX Kaffenback 2 = Work Horse
    B-Twin Alur 700 = Sundays and Hills
  • indypindyp Posts: 735
    The Deda cork stuff is cheap for a reason, it's not good! I had to stretch it loads to fit and there's hardly any cushioning so one to avoid if you like comfy bars. My fav is Zipp Service but Ribble don't have it.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    S-wrap cork tape from specialized
  • welkmanwelkman Posts: 396
    SRAM cork stuff or Fizik furry tape is lovely!
  • jomojjomoj Posts: 777
    The Bontrager Gel cork is really good stuff, its not adhesive but the gel strip is thick and tacky so it stays put. Easy to re-wrap if you make a mistake, washable and doesnt tear easily. I've also used Easton tape which is pretty hard wearing and cheaper.
    Wouldn't ever bother with white tape personally. It looks great for about 15 minutes unless you only ever cycle in a laboratory. S-Wrap is nice but expensive and I didn't find it that comfortable.
  • cyclingpropcyclingprop Posts: 2,426
    Thick and matt: fizik 3mm tape. Bit of a pain to wrap but looks lovely and lots of cushion.
    What do you mean you think 64cm is a big frame?
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    This is the bike it's going on to:

    F65X_SMALL.jpg

    and I'm going to be fitting a black 105 groupset to it
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,047
    Matt/gloss? How thick do you like it?


    I read that as
    Matt Goss? How thick do you like it?

    :shock: :shock:
  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    We don't need pictures of your bike and info on the groupset for this. We are talking bar tape. Just get black cork or Fizik Microtex bar tape and stop being a diva! ENOUGH!
    Faster than a tent.......
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,628
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • majormantramajormantra Posts: 2,094
    In my experience, although LizardSkins looks cool, it has one of the worst durability/price ratios of any bar tape. Also, I don't know if this still applies, but it used to be that the white stuff turned yellow over time. (Observed on bikes sitting unused on the shop floor.)
  • daddy0daddy0 Posts: 686
    I really like the expensive Lizardskin stuff. I was getting numb hands and the LS stuff cured it. Have covered about 7000km and not always careful with resting my bike against walls or on the floor so its no longer new looking, but still acceptable. I have re-wrapped the bars a few times, which in the past may have required new tape, but the LS stuff is durable enough to put up with it. The black stuff doesn't fade BTW ;-)
  • Coach HCoach H Posts: 1,092
    Cinelli Gel every time for me.
    Comfy
    Lasts well
    Easy to wrap as it has good stretch and just a tacky rather than adhesive strip
    Reasonable cost
    Its Cinelli (when I started cycling in the [cough] 80's [cough] it was THE tape to have)
    Looks cool when you wrap the drops lining up the Flying C logo (this also has the added benefit of perfect tension but lets face it, this is secondary)
    Coach H. (Dont ask me for training advice - 'It's not about the bike')
  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    Coach H wrote:
    Cinelli Gel every time for me.

    I really Like Cinelli tape as well. Their cork tape is very good, durable and easy to wrap.

    Rolf is right though, it ain't that hard.
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

    PX Kaffenback 2 = Work Horse
    B-Twin Alur 700 = Sundays and Hills
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,856
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Rolf F wrote:
    We don't need pictures of your bike and info on the groupset for this. We are talking bar tape. Just get black cork or Fizik Microtex bar tape and stop being a diva! ENOUGH!

    So many anger issues....

    It has to look right.

    Do you need a hug?
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Rolf F wrote:
    We don't need pictures of your bike and info on the groupset for this. We are talking bar tape. Just get black cork or Fizik Microtex bar tape and stop being a diva! ENOUGH!

    So many anger issues....

    It has to look right*.

    Do you need a hug?

    We'll if you are offering it would be rude to say no. We can you make it over?

    PS Have you got your bloody bar tape yet?! :lol:

    *Everything looks right with black cork.
    Faster than a tent.......
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Ordered the black 105 triple set and matching black cork tape.

    Probably going to strip the Felt down in preparation. I need replace another spoke on it and the Tricross anyway, so I'll get both bikes sorted
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

    PX Kaffenback 2 = Work Horse
    B-Twin Alur 700 = Sundays and Hills
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