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Bar tape on flat bars?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by longers, 9 Mar 2008.

  1. longers

    longers Veteran

    I'm getting to thinking after 16 months I'd like to change the grips on my Sirrus.

    Would putting bar tape on be a viable option?

    I'm thinking I can get a good double thickness from a roll but the drawback might be unravelling problems.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. col

    col Veteran

    How about thin strips of duck tape,i dont think it would unravel in a hurry?or even tucked into the bar end,like you would with drops,and jammed in with a bar end stopper?
     
  3. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    If it's a road bike why dont' you get drop bars?
     
  5. It's not a road bike until it gets drop bars actually :evil:
     
  6. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    A bit of red insulating tape would pep it up no end.
     
  7. andygates

    andygates New Member

    Why is it any more likely to unravel than on drops? Just finish with electrical tape and you're done.

    Fugly though, but that's aesthetics, YMMV! :sad:
     
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    why do it at all, there's excellent grips out there surely?
     
  9. OP
    OP
    longers

    longers Veteran

    Suits me sir! :biggrin:


    Don't know, it just sounds comfy. A friend has just re-taped his drops with some very nice squidgy tape and I fancy trying it. A double thickness might be extra comfy.
    I got some of the same stuff on the way home so if I can be bothered after tea I'll give it a go.
     
  10. twowheeledwriter

    twowheeledwriter New Member

    Bar tape worked a treat on my Genesis Day 02 flat bar - I didn't like the grips that came with it and replaced almost them immediately with Deda bar tape - very comfortable.

    I secured it with black insulating tape, although I did have a couple of unravelling problems - probably due to my inexperience in wrapping bar tape.
     
  11. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    You could go over to down tube shifters and fit bull horns/low pros with levers in the end, you could go the whole hog and fit full tri bars
     
  12. OP
    OP
    longers

    longers Veteran

    Sorry Zoiders, I don't get your post :blush:. Is it sarcasm?

    The tape worked, it's a bit like holding orthopaedic cutlery but very comfy.
     
  13. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    No its not sarcasm

    You dont want drops but you want something a bit more aero

    Bull horns may be the way to go, plus if you have a good straight drag of a comute then arm rests and extensions may be a good thing, down tube shifters arent a bad thing either
     
  14. OP
    OP
    longers

    longers Veteran

    Glad you weren't being sarcastic, your post went straight over my head.
    I was only asking about changing grips for tape, not changing the system for mounting the grips or tape. That's why I was confused.
     
  15. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Oury lock-ons are what you want. Nice and squidgy!