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    Is this like matching your shoes with your belt?

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    Meh...IDGAF. My first old road bike was blue Fuji, that I found some nice Bontrager tape that closely matched the paintjob. The second bike I bought was a red-and-gold Corsaro...The paint was a really cool kinda candy-apple metalflake paintjob, that the bright red bar tape I bought clashed horridly with. My current whip is a British Racing Green Nashbar frame, with mostly black components, so the white bar tape really looks nice with the black-and-white saddle I have.

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    Pick any color you like, if you want a change from the normal classic colors of black & white then just do it. You can always change it back. Just enjoy what you purchase and use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nismo73 View Post
    Is this like matching your shoes with your belt?
    ...nope, more like socks to pants...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Special Eyes View Post
    It could match your frame! Not sure how much longer I'll keep this tape, black is on the way.....


    Amazing
    How come it dosn't fall over?

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    i'm running red tape


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    Quote Originally Posted by Special Eyes View Post
    It could match your frame! Not sure how much longer I'll keep this tape, black is on the way.....


    When return the borrowed seat, will you use a yellow one? ;)

    (cool "balance" shot)

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlislegeorge View Post
    ...nope, more like socks to pants...
    carpet and drapes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfuchs View Post
    carpet and drapes?
    If that's the case, does anyone make cruly dark brown with hints of grey handlebar tape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Special Eyes View Post
    Thanks, guys.

    I don't want to hijack this thread and make it about MY bike, but I'll reply to your comments. I am a serious photographer (see my site), but made this with a point & shoot. It is one in a series of the bike from all sides. I just quickly grabbed this one to post here because it showed the bartape better. True, drive side images do show more stuff, but I didn't know the rule!! I'm looking at another seat for it with no red parts to keep the bike yellow/black. The Zipp decals have been removed since. I am not a 'fashion before function' person, but with this bike you can't avoid the fashion statement. I live on a hill, so when I get home, it's in the small chainring. I don't think that really matters. If I was doing a studio shoot, it would be all about details, and then I'd be spending hours on it. I'd rather be riding on it for hours.

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    I would like to present to you


    all but one of my bikes has black tape because my work just pounds a dark polish into my hands and any other color gets gross immediately
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right......

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    I have been debating this as well. I'm thinking something kind of LOUD in color so that when biking either Duathlon's or Triathlons your bike is easier to pick out on the rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Special Eyes View Post
    It could match your frame! Not sure how much longer I'll keep this tape, black is on the way.....


    Beautiful! I'd keep the yellow on till it looks used and worn then rotate it with black just for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Does anyone care?

    I almost always run black or white. Is there any rule? Does it matter? I have heard to match the saddle but........

    Thoughts?
    I absolutely refuse to wrap my bars in anything other than black until someone markets Formica Boomerang tape.



    Cheers.

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    I had the original white leather tape on my Technium for 8 years, along with a white saddle. As they both got worn out, I switched to a more comfy black saddle. The yellow and black splash tape was actually supposed to be a gag gift for my friend who has a bright yellow bike. I thought it would look cool on mine, so there ya go. Yeah it may clash with the lavender and mauve frame, but I like it. Besides, it does kind of match the saddle and even the cable housing haha

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    NIce bike, Touch0Gray! You have the right idea of just the two colors.

    I used a thin wood dowel rod to prop the bike in that position and then cloned out the rod in photoshop. No smoke and mirrors!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray View Post
    Copy cat..... lol MY BUMBLEBEE!
    There can be only one...

    Quote Originally Posted by EHietpas View Post
    I have been debating this as well. I'm thinking something kind of LOUD in color so that when biking either Duathlon's or Triathlons your bike is easier to pick out on the rack.
    Just another reason why one should avoid duathlons and triathlons.

    I agree with an earlier poster that Splash tape is an abomination. However, I'm happy to see other people misguidedly use horrible bar tapes, because it makes my bicycle look even better by comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qatarbhoy View Post
    There can be only one...
    But, alas, there are two here! Probably more out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Special Eyes View Post
    But, alas, there are two here! Probably more out there.
    I must insist that you paint your bike I was FIRST....lol

    Btw I like your bike....except for that yellow tape!

    I am going to order yellow hemp to finish the ends one of these days on mine.....just because. The black hemp is so boring!
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Special Eyes View Post
    Thanks, guys.

    . The Zipp decals have been removed since. ]
    SE, ^that^ is one strong and confident move. Impressive sir.

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    I've got a Jamis in Blue and White. Thinking of changing the bars to the Zipp VukaSprint with just a little tape from the brake levers down. Match the Blue?

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    Special Eyes, I gotta say that's one hell of great looking bike. Just 1 suggestion...keep the yellow tape.
    Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them you'll be a mile away & you'll have their shoes.

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    pretty big white fan, I'll change it to keep it clean..

    Tho I do have a black saddle in the mail

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuffguy1500 View Post
    Bar tape shall match the saddle. Any other combo is also fine, since it's your bike. of the five bikes I own, all but one followed that rule, and it pained me deep inside.
    Here's another combo - bar tape matches front end frame paint colour. This looks great I think:
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    I have a white and it gets dirty quickly.

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    I had 'splash' tape (white, gray, black) on my old aluminum lightspeed and it looked great. The 'factory' tape was a zebra-strip:
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