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 Post subject: What bar tape
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 3:07 pm 
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what bar tape would you reccomend that gives a good degree of comfort looks suited to retro bikes and doesn't cost the earth?

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 4:21 pm 
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Fizik microtex - perforated for extra retro appeal :lol:

http://www.fizik.it/product.aspx?c=Bar-Tape


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 4:28 pm 
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Depends what retro means.

If it's late 80s- 90s then there is only one word - Cinelli.

If early 80s, something more plasticky would do - like the Fizik stuff mentioned above.

Earlier than that, then cloth tape-type stuff or thin Benotto type.


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 5:09 pm 
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Benotto or Bike Ribbon..........for early '90s, ye could go to multi coloured cork tape......


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i'm loving the look of bike ribbon eleganza at the mo.


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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 12:32 am 
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I like tressostar on ''old'' bikes. Mostly black or white. The white clean as it is, or even ''realy used''. :D Image


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dutchie wrote:
I like tressostar on ''old'' bikes. Mostly black or white. The white clean as it is, or even ''realy used''. :D Image


Gets my vote. No.1 on all my bikes.


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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 7:01 pm 
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For a bike with gum brake hoods, Velo Orange's elkhide bar-covering looks awesome and is a fraction of the price of Brooks or Cinelli leather tape


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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 2:31 pm 
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personally, I dont like the fizik stuff. Have the honey colour which looks great but kills your hands!


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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 2:43 pm 
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I don't agree with brown/honey/whatever you call it colour tape.

Bar tape has to be white! OK a plain colour is acceptable if that's your thing. But who the hell came up with that hideous splash tape?


My favourite is white cotton, when it's used for a bit and goes slightly grey it has that worn in look, also feels excellent under your hands. Benotto looks smooth and slick, lasts forever but is a bit slippery when wet, but then it doesn't need drying out.


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