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Whats the best handle bar covering for drop bars ?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BADGER.BRAD, 4 Dec 2016.


    BADGER.BRAD Über Member

    I now have ended up with two 80's road bikes after 20 years of MTB based hybrids one of which a Clements tourer has the remains of foam covering and a Raleigh Sensor which I intend to use as a commuter with normal bar tape which seems harsh. The Raleigh will be o.k as is as my commute is only 2.5 miles but as the Clements needs a new covering I was wondering which way to go.It will be used for longer trips/touring should I just stick with the foam (I'm thinking this will get wet and stay wet !).
    Ideas please.
  2. CanucksTraveller

    CanucksTraveller Macho Business Donkey Wrestler

    Hitchin, Herts
    I think cork tape will fit the bill, it's perfectly fine to use in wet weather and it dries out. Good grip and comfort.
  3. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Über Member

    North Yorkshire
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  4. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Egremont, Cumbria
    You can get gel pads to go under bar tape if you're worried about them being harsh. Or you can use some old bits of inner tubes to do a similar job. I've always stuck to normal cork or leather effect bar tape on my bikes though and not had any real discomfort as long as the bike is set up properly.
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Lizardskins 3.2mm but not inexpensive
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  6. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Cork tape. Only need to double wrap if you're riding rough stuff a lot. Shouldn't lean on your hands more than needed to steer the bike.
  7. DRM

    DRM Über Member

    West Yorks
    Cinelli gel cork bar tape, really comfy, goes on well & available in a variety of colours.
  8. GGJ

    GGJ Über Member

    For me padded tape is horrible. I don't like the extra thickness and don't find the padding relieves pressure on the hands. I thought Lizardskins was great for the first few rides but then took a dislike to it, it's too sticky for me. My preference now and I've been using it for a few years now is Fizik Superlight. 2mm thick and very durable.
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  9. si_c

    si_c Über Member

    Another +1 for Cinelli. It's great stuff.
  10. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    +1 for Lizardskins 3.2mm
  11. biking_fox

    biking_fox Über Member

    I've never ever considered different tape. It gets whatever the bike shop has available. I thought I was being a bit precious when I sought out some purple to go on the SS, but wasn't even aware it came in different thicknesses. You live and learn.
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  12. DP

    DP Chasse patate Photo Winner

    Cloth tape!

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  13. prawny

    prawny Active Member

    Cannock Chase
    I'm happy with the cheap stuff from Halfords.
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  14. OP

    BADGER.BRAD Über Member

    Thanks for all replies much appreciated I think most of the harshness of the ride is the fact I'm used to Nice thick MTB tyres and thick rubber handle bar grips + a more upright postion, there also the posibility that I'm not travelling as fast.The narrow bars are also taking some getting used to as I tend to ride high gears and really pull on the bars !
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  15. OP

    BADGER.BRAD Über Member

    The bar tape came today I've gone for yellow and black, I rapped a little but the bar felt a bit narrow so I under rapped with the foam packing material that the tape came rapped in. On the first side I did I forgot a piece over the brake clamp but decided not to bother un rapping it but made sure I put one on the other side. The bike can now be used but I have ordered new cables just to be on the safe side with yellow outers and at the same time will fit the new brake blocks I have already brought.I put new at the moment (from wilko) cheapy plastic pedals on as the originals were not to be trusted.Heres a few photos. How long is it likley to last under commuting conditions ?