Extra padding on my handlebars

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 8 May 2008.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I want to pad out my handlebars a bit more. On my recent 85miler my hands were hurting too much. So here is the question:

    Can i just wrap more padded tape over the exisiting tape, or should I strip them down and apply some foam first them re tape them?

    I don't need padding all over the bars just on the drops.
  2. Specialized do some excellent gel pads which go under t'tape. Or you could just double wrap them.
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran


  4. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    Most likely because your bike doesn't fit you. Adding extra tape is merely a 'sticking plaster' solution.
  5. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Remove your bar tape, cut down an old inner tube so you have a single piece and wrap around bar. Re-apply bar tape over the top :ohmy:
  6. Evilcat

    Evilcat Senior Member

    Specialized Roubaix bar tape is now available aftermarket. My Roubaix Expert came with it and the difference from normal bar tape is huge.

  7. User482

    User482 Guest

    I use two wraps of tape - much nicer for the rough roads on my commute.
  8. k-dog

    k-dog New Member

    Yeah, tape only really helps against vibrations - if your hands hurt it's probably because you're position is wrong.

    I do like a double wrapped bar though. I start just with a cheaper tape and do it the wrong way - from the inside out - and pretty tight and then put a decent tape over the top.

    Just makes everything fit me better.
  9. DanRVV2006

    DanRVV2006 New Member

    West Midlands
    If its any help alot of pro riders double wrap there handlebars in bartape, to help with there hands due to long days in the saddle. Also the cork material handlebar tape tends to be softer and more forgiving again many pros use it so must be good.
  10. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Moderator

    Yup, and combined with the Spesh pro gel mits it's even better. :biggrin:
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