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bar tape for all-weather road bike(5 posts)

bar tape for all-weather road bikertyszko
Sep 2, 2002 4:24 PM
Anyone have any favorite bar tapes to be used on a bike during inclement weather? I've seen some suggestions for cloth over cork, cork over cloth, vinyl over cloth, etc. Anyone have any thoughts?


PS I live in New Hampshire so I ride in all sorts of wet/cold weather.
re: bar tape for all-weather road bikegtx
Sep 2, 2002 8:59 PM
I have old school Benotto on my cross bike - I think you can still find it on eBay. Does well in crashes. But I use Cinelli cork on my road bikes, which see a lot of rain.
I'm using cork over cloth, but in the wet...retro
Sep 3, 2002 8:29 AM
When my Cinelli cork started to break up, I wrapped over it with old fashioned cotton tape. Feels and looks good.
For an all-weather bike, though, why not whatever kind of cheap plastic foam tape is on sale somewhere? It's waterproof, and you're going to be wearing gloves most of the time anyway. Both cotton and cork will absorb water and stay wet and clammy.
Hey retro.....rtyszko
Sep 4, 2002 6:57 AM
I've spoken with a few LBS types and most agree with vinyl over cloth, but my problem is that I will ride this same bike in good weather too so I am looking for additional comfort. I ordered some cloth tape and will be wrapping that around my old cork. Wish me luck. Do I need to do anything to the cloth tape before I wrap it? A poster once suggested that I wet the cloth tape first and then stretch it really tight.

Cork Fangrzy
Sep 4, 2002 7:53 AM
Cinelli cork has worked well for me and I really don't notice any draw backs. I've also run Deda tape which is more of a synthetic. I always run Fox style MTB gloves so the wet/clammy feel is never an issue with me. I guess I'd have to ask what are your issues and objections? You're probably going to find that there are fans of just about everything. I'd think that plastic/vinyl wouldn't be to good from a grip stand point, but obviously it wouldn't absorb any water.