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    Bar tape recommendations

    I've heard ESI silicone bar tape is good. Not sure I like bar tape with a sticky tape on the back because the bar tape can tear if you need to rewrap. Cork tape (e.g. Cinelli) can tear so I don't really like that either. No cloth tape either because no shock absorption. What tape do you use?

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    I use Lizard Skins. Love the feel and it comes in 2 different thicknesses. It does wear a little quickly compared to other bar tape, but since I change it every year, the wear doesn't matter.

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    For years and years, it was only Cinelli cork tape for me. Lately, I've been using Fizik tape that's really comfy. Go to a LBS and see if they have some you can touch.

    https://www.fizik.com/us_en/men/acce.../bar-tape.html

    As far as re-wrapping it, why on earth is that an issue? Bar tape should be replaced from time to time. And it should be black.

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    Fizik Microtex...I like the 2mm stuff. they have other thicknesses and a 'tacky' version.

    altho if comes with adhesive strip on the backside, it's relatively easy to remove and re-wrap if you want to do that.

    wears like iron and cleans up nicely with just a damp rag.

    just bought some on fleabay for under $20.
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    I'm quickly becoming a fan of Guee. I've used Specialized HD Wrap for a long time, I think the Guee might be that much more supple.

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    Fizik Microtex all the way. I'm not a fan of spongy and tacky bar tapes. Fizik lasts forever. Stays clean. Looks classic.
    If you want to replace your cables, and the tape is still in good shape, it's pretty easy to unwrap it to your hoods then wrap it back up again.

    Only "down side" is it can be tricky to wrap when new. It's not stretchy so you have to really keep it tight while wrapping.
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    I bought Fizik Microtek for my bike, at the recommendation of many on this forum, and had a tough time getting used to it. It's quite thin for my tastes. I prefer something thicker, like Bontrager's gel cork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    I prefer something thicker, like Bontrager's gel cork.
    Yep, that's my favorite too - lasts a long time and very comfy.
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    last five builds (since november) either got fizik soft touch (grey and black) or cotton newbaums (tan and grey) ... all from ebay. my next one, an orange frame, is getting dark blue cotton.
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    On the cork side, I prefer SRAM and Bontrager because they stretch well (compared to Cinelli cork). SRAM gets the nod, because it's cheap ($10.99 @ Tree Fort Bikes). Both do leave residue, but I like the way they feel.

    For my travel bike, I'm going with Arundel Rubber Gecko Handlebar Tape ($19.32 @ Bike Tires Direct). My hope is that it will be a little more durable in transit than cork, while still feeling decent. Apparently, it leaves no residue. We'll see. Not really a super-expensive experiment, when you consider the price of some bar tapes.

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    For cork, Ive always had good luck with Profile Design. Good feel, inexpensive, and stretches well.

    For the non-cork I like the fizik as well. Tougher to install (I usually end up doing it more than once to get it to lay flat) but it has a great feel and is durable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    If the OP doesn't want cloth tape because of it's lack of padding he'd freak out to Benotto tape.

    I always liked it but have become a huge Fizik fan.
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    I'm a fan of Shimano PRO bar tape. I know they have a few varieties and tbh I've used a couple different ones and no idea what I have now... but have always been satisfied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    If the OP doesn't want cloth tape because of it's lack of padding he'd freak out to Benotto tape.

    I always liked it but have become a huge Fizik fan.
    Back in the day, "everybody" used Benotto tape. It was pretty, but also pretty crappy. I cannot imagine going back to it.

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    never used Benotto, based on its looks, doubt I'd have liked it.

    when I was first getting into riding, black cotton tape (Tressostar?) was de rigueur.

    didn't last long tho...edges frayed almost immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    never used Benotto, based on its looks, doubt I'd have liked it.

    when I was first getting into riding, black cotton tape (Tressostar?) was de rigueur.

    didn't last long tho...edges frayed almost immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    Back in the day, "everybody" used Benotto tape. It was pretty, but also pretty crappy. I cannot imagine going back to it.
    It looks like a cross between a fruit rollup and the material woven into cheap lawn chairs.

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    Used in the past

    Profile Design , Nashbar, Cinelli cork and gel -just OK, nothing special

    Fizik Microtex -too thin and not stretchy enough, although looks good when new.

    Bontrager Gel cork feels nice when new, very stretchy, good price, but tears and wears quick and does not clean out well if not black.

    Lizard Skins - nice but too expensive.

    So far the best tape for me is Zipp Service Course CX. Soft, stretchy, perfect grip , nice to the touch, also much cheaper that competition
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    I seem to be wearing out my Lizard Skin bar tape pretty quickly ~1,000 miles. Good feel though, both with and without gloves. SRAM lasted well, but a cable swap caused a premature re-taping and I didn't try to salvage the tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eboos View Post
    I seem to be wearing out my Lizard Skin bar tape pretty quickly ~1,000 miles. Good feel though, both with and without gloves. SRAM lasted well, but a cable swap caused a premature re-taping and I didn't try to salvage the tape.
    1K miles...? eff that.

    I had some Fizik stuff last 18K miles...only changed it out because it was white and looked a bit dingy. no real 'wear' issues...
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    White Fizik 2 mm microtex. I have to change it every 3-6 months because of the humidity here. Anything else only lasts a month. I still have some Benotto tape that I wrapped on the bars to my seldom used TT bike.

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    My new favorite bar wrap has a gel backing instead of glue. It stretches well and grips like crazy. Have it on a couple road bikes and now on my gravel grinder too. It's extra long (2.4 meters) so you can make lots of overlap wraps to build up a nice cushion if you want to. It stretches enough without snapping, easy to make a nice figure-eight wrap around the shifter clamps.

    I just spent about an hour working with the ultra stinky 3M adhesive remover cleaning the residual glue off my Easton EC70AX bars that was left behind after removing my old Deda bar tape. Never again will I use bar tape that has adhesive.

    Available from Amazon and eBay. Many nice colors and reasonably priced too.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZ1PGID...ing=UTF8&psc=1

    The bar wrap material is top notch but the included end plugs and finishing tape are crap. I prefer aluminum end plugs having an internal expanding collet. And 3M electrical tape for finishing.

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    To keep adhesive residue off the bars tape the handlebars with electrical tape before wrapping the bar tape. Then instead of scrubbing the bars all that's needed is to peel the electrical tape off which comes off clean. OCD approved.

    But truth be told, once the bars are rewrapped the residue is "out of sight, out of mind".
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    To keep adhesive residue off the bars tape the handlebars with electrical tape before wrapping the bar tape. Then instead of scrubbing the bars all that's needed is to peel the electrical tape off which comes off clean. OCD approved.

    But truth be told, once the bars are rewrapped the residue is "out of sight, out of mind".
    Electrical tape leaves residue as well.

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