View Full Version : Bars and tape

12-10-2009, 11:10 AM
On a related note to the "Grip tape adhesive removal" thread ... (as seen here: http://www.bikeportland.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3391)

What is everyone using for handlebars and tape? I'm not urgently seeking to replace my current setup (generic stock Kona road bars and tape), but I was just wondering if someone out there has a particular combination that they want to rave about. :)
suzuki information (http://www.suzuki-tech.com/)

12-11-2009, 08:16 AM
Nothing special, but I've become a fan of wider drops with cork tape overlapping so its slightly thicker, and oriented so that you can pretty much put your hands on any part of the bar & they'll feel comfortable.

I have friends with the fancy gel tape and they love it.

Interrupter brake levers on the top of the bars are really handy for around town riding.

If you're looking for a new bar check out CityBikes used bar collection! All kinds of cool stuff there.

12-11-2009, 10:05 AM
I found that spliting an old road (thin) innertube lengthwise into a 1" strip, then wrapping that around the bars, then wrapping that with good old cloth tape made a good bar treatment.

I used contact cement both under and over the inner tube rubber.

12-14-2009, 09:28 AM
I really like the Salsa bar tape. It holds up well, has good grip and feels nice. I have it on 2 of my bikes and haven't had any need to use gel or any other sort of extra padding. It's available at Universal in a number of colors (they actually have a pretty good selection of bar tape so they're worth checking out). Good stuff.

<edit> come to think of it I like their handlebars as well. I have Salsa short & shallow bars on my road bike & commuter and moto ace on my fixie/cyclocross race bike. I'm one of those people who finds something they like and sticks with it.