3rd post, sorry
I found another Dutch website: http://www.classical-bicycles.com/index.htm
Senry should like that. The guy talks about shellacking handlebars tape, cotton but when you shellac, it actually can work with all kinds of fabrics, be creative.
You'd really have to live in a place with a lot of rain or ride your bikes many miles/kilometres a day to wear out handlebar tape. I don't see what the big deal is. Maybe if you lived somewhere where it rained like it does in Seattle it might be of use.