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.
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.
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).
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) -
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.
"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 06:38 PM.