Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 34
  1. #1
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: martinrm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    139

    Handlebar tape suggestions and Wrapping technique

    I just recently bought a full carbon stem + bar combo with the aero shape to them and not i just need to wrap them.

    So here is my questions,
    What is your favorite tape, or the tape that you have had the best experiences with.

    Use: Race
    Preferred Color: Black or White

    Is there any particular way to wrap these new bars?


    I dont really want to cover up the logo, or loes the aero shape, but i also want some grip.

    Thanks for your help

    If you know who sells the tape a link would be appreciated.
    Last edited by martinrm; 07-30-2012 at 11:08 AM.

  2. #2
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: xjbaylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    1,015
    As far as what kind of tape, this comes up all the time, and there is never anything approaching consensus as it is a personal preference. Decide if you want thick/thin/gel/cork etc... If you want white, easy to clean is nice. Thin + easy to clean = Fizik Microtex. Thick + relatively easy to clean = Specialized Roubaix.

    As for how to wrap...stop before you get to the logos. There really isn't any other option if you don't intend to cover the logos.


  3. #3
    Unrepentant Mountainbiker
    Reputation: freezin_is_the_reason's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    625
    Lizard Skins tape. It's not too thick and offers plenty of grip.
    It's no fun unless it hurts!

  4. #4
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: martinrm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    139
    @ xjbaylor

    What tape do you have on there right now, it looks really slick.
    Road: Pinarello Paris
    MTB: Mongoose Ontero

  5. #5
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: xjbaylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    1,015
    Quote Originally Posted by martinrm View Post
    @ xjbaylor

    What tape do you have on there right now, it looks really slick.
    Not mine. While I did have a Talon bar, I took it off almost immediately as I am not a fan of integrated setups. I think that they require to you conform to them, as opposed to being able to easily fit them to you. The talon bars are very comfortable though, the bar tops have a fantastic shape, and the cable routing means that you can stop the tape just about anywhere without have a mess of cables hanging off of the bar.

    Any white cork tape will give you the pictured look...for about a day.

  6. #6
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    2,644
    Quote Originally Posted by martinrm View Post
    I just recently bought a full carbon stem + bar combo with the aero shape to them and not i just need to wrap them.

    So here is my questions,
    What is your favorite tape, or the tape that you have had the best experiences with.

    Use: Race
    Preferred Color: Black or White

    Is there any particular way to wrap these new bars?


    I dont really want to cover up the logo, or loes the aero shape, but i also want some grip.

    Thanks for your help

    If you know who sells the tape a link would be appreciated.
    Them is nice
    What do they run?
    It's a fire road.............
    I'm on a road bike..........

    They have enough in common to blast down it.

  7. #7
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    437
    White tape you need fizik microtex.

    For wrapping it's really easy with the figure 8 method. I like to really pull the tape tight as it is easier to keep it from slipping when wrapping. I always start at the bar end and wrap to the outside (clockwise on the right and counterclockwise on the left).

    Watch this video for an example how the figure 8 is done https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Kw...eature=related

  8. #8
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    63
    Found this great video on how to wrap your bars. As for tape, I've been using Prologo Doubletouch, which has worked great.

  9. #9
    Not a rocket surgeon.
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    8,489
    Quote Originally Posted by freezin_is_the_reason View Post
    Lizard Skins tape. It's not too thick and offers plenty of grip.
    Its way too thick ans slimy as hell wen wet.

  10. #10
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    586
    Not the same bars but similar, and this is how I have them:




    Yes, also Lizard Skins but bar tape choice is highly individual. I actually prefer Fizik dual tape which is on 2 other bikes.

    As for the wrap, I can ride "invisible aerobars" on these unwrapped tops without too much problem, even when a little sweaty. Other people may have different experiences tho...

  11. #11
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    4,101
    Quote Originally Posted by NWS Alpine View Post
    I always start at the bar end and wrap to the outside (clockwise on the right and counterclockwise on the left).
    Odd the video posted by Ripper goes the opposite way. Going to the outside stops tape coming loose on the tops in my experience.

  12. #12
    I play for keeps
    Reputation: locustfist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    839
    I've recently started using Zipp Service Course CX tape, It's super grippy and maintains grip when I get sweaty. They also have the service course tape which is a normal thickness and I assume it's the same on the grip (haven't used it) -

    Best video on wrapping bars I've seen:

  13. #13
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: martinrm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    139
    Quote Originally Posted by milkbaby View Post
    I can ride "invisible aerobars" on these unwrapped tops without too much problem, even when a little sweaty. Other people may have different experiences tho...
    And i thought i was the only one that did that. . . anyways thanks for the info.
    Road: Pinarello Paris
    MTB: Mongoose Ontero

  14. #14
    I play for keeps
    Reputation: locustfist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    839
    Quote Originally Posted by martinrm View Post
    What is the extra bar hanging out front for?

  15. #15
    fu
    Reputation: ph0enix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    2,119
    Fizik microtex is the only tape I use.
    My other chainring is a 39...
    Strava profile

  16. #16
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    437
    Quote Originally Posted by Cinelli 82220 View Post
    Odd the video posted by Ripper goes the opposite way. Going to the outside stops tape coming loose on the tops in my experience.
    Yes it does. I wrap the way I mention because I torque the tape the most during sprints in the drops. Wrapping it the way in the video you are twisting the tape in a way that could unravel it. Wrapping clockwise on the right and counterclockwise on the left you torque the tape tighter in the drops. At least the way I grip the bars. You can still get the top to be self tightening too depending on the figure 8 wrap.

    If you pull toward the inside then wrap the way in the video.


    Park Tools diagram explains this. Pick which way works for you. Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog Handlebar Tape Installation (drop bar)

    "When riding on the drop section of the bars, it is the tendency to rotate the hands outward. It is possible to reverse wrap direction from start to finish in order to match this tendency. Note the image below has the tape beginning opposite of the taping first described. Wrap each side so the tape rotates outward from the top. In other words, wrap the right bar clockwise and the left bar counter-clockwise."
    Last edited by NWS Alpine; 07-30-2012 at 05:38 PM.

  17. #17
    A wheelist
    Reputation: Mike T.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    8,764
    Quote Originally Posted by locustfist View Post
    What is the extra bar hanging out front for?
    Alternate hand positions.
    .
    Mike The Bike's home wheelbuilding info - dedicated to providing Newby wheelbuilder information and motivation.

    I'm not cranky; I just have a violent reaction to stupid people.

  18. #18
    Pathlete and Pedalphile
    Reputation: redondoaveb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,272
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Alternate hand positions.
    Jeez, you don't know anything. It's an antenna.
    If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

  19. #19
    A wheelist
    Reputation: Mike T.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    8,764
    Quote Originally Posted by redondoaveb View Post
    Jeez, you don't know anything. It's an antenna.
    Actually I was just kidding; it's really a donut holder for long rides.
    .
    Mike The Bike's home wheelbuilding info - dedicated to providing Newby wheelbuilder information and motivation.

    I'm not cranky; I just have a violent reaction to stupid people.

  20. #20
    FTR
    FTR is offline
    Burn baby, burn.
    Reputation: FTR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    2,415
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Actually I was just kidding; it's really a donut holder for long rides.
    I thought it was for hanging your towel off while you are on the wind trainer??

  21. #21
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: martinrm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    139
    Quote Originally Posted by locustfist View Post
    What is the extra bar hanging out front for?
    Its so you can be pulled during a race, but really Its a computer mount
    Road: Pinarello Paris
    MTB: Mongoose Ontero

  22. #22
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: xjbaylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    1,015
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Actually I was just kidding; it's really a donut holder for long rides.
    Can I get one of those in white? Also, how do I carry filled donuts?

  23. #23
    A wheelist
    Reputation: Mike T.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    8,764
    Quote Originally Posted by xjbaylor View Post
    Can I get one of those in white?
    That's just silly.

    Also, how do I carry filled donuts?
    That's even sillier and I won't respond.
    .
    Mike The Bike's home wheelbuilding info - dedicated to providing Newby wheelbuilder information and motivation.

    I'm not cranky; I just have a violent reaction to stupid people.

  24. #24
    Pathlete and Pedalphile
    Reputation: redondoaveb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,272
    Quote Originally Posted by martinrm View Post
    Its so you can be pulled during a race, but really Its a computer mount
    How do you mount it?
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

  25. #25
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: martinrm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    139
    Quote Originally Posted by redondoaveb View Post
    How do you mount it?
    You use the included zip ties
    Road: Pinarello Paris
    MTB: Mongoose Ontero

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Sea Otter Classic

Hot Deals

Contest


Latest RoadBike Articles


Latest Videos

RoadbikeReview on Facebook