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Cinelli gel bar tape -- it works!(12 posts)

Cinelli gel bar tape -- it works!tarwheel
Jun 3, 2003 7:18 AM
I bought some of the new Cinelli gel bar tape in an eBay auction last week for about the price of regular tape at the LBS. The stuff really works at dampening vibration and doesn't look any thicker or clunkier on the bars. The best thing about it is there is none of that stupid adhesive that Cinelli puts on the back of its regular tape. So if you miswrap the bars, you can just unwind and start over. I'll be using it from now on, although it's only available for now in a few colors -- red, black, blue and yellow.
no celeste? nmDougSloan
Jun 3, 2003 7:26 AM
I want to try it..DINOSAUR
Jun 3, 2003 8:03 AM
By LBS does not carry it yet. I've been using Colnago cork and grip tape. I've noticed that the glue that Colnago uses does not stick to the bars such as in the Cinelli cork. I thought they were both the same, accept for the difference in price and the name Colnago on the tape. Next time around I'll try the gel tape.......
My problem with itpitt83
Jun 3, 2003 8:10 AM
It unwinds / overlaps at the hoods where the heel of my hand rests. Not sure if it's the wrap job (done at LBS and looks OK), or the tape. No other brand or other Cinelli has done this. I want the adhesive backing.

But, it's really nice on the upper body. Like the ride with the Gel.
could put some double sided tape under it first nmDougSloan
Jun 3, 2003 8:27 AM
sounds like the wrap job, mine works finetarwheel
Jun 3, 2003 8:50 AM
I haven't had any problems with the tape unwrapping or sliding. The gel is on the backside and is somewhat tacky -- not sticky like the adhesive -- but it seems to hold the tape in place very well. I've used non-adhesive tape before and it stays put fine as long as you wrap it tight enough.

BTW, Doug, blue Cinelli tape looks very nice on a celeste Bianchi frame. Basic black goes with anything.
Put a thin line of glue (shoe goo works well) on the bend.dzrider
Jun 3, 2003 11:38 AM
There's no reason to have adhesive all the way around the bars just to hold one spot. Neither is there reason to chuck the best bar tape because one spot lets go.
re: yup...Mike Prince
Jun 3, 2003 8:42 AM
I had a roll around that my wife got me for Valentine's Day. I had been putting off using it b/c it was black plus I didn't need new tape yet. Put it on last week and rode a mountainous metric in the rain Saturday. I don't wear gloves and was impressed with the feel. Not sure if it was just the new tape of the gel, but it sure felt good.

Only thing I noticed was that the tape is a lot thicker. For most people this probably isn't a huge problem if you use the plastic plugs that Cinelli supplies, bit I use rubber Velox bar plugs and I finally had to cut the tape flush to the end of the bar to use the plugs (no tape inside bar). I may put a bit of superglue or carpet tape under there if it looks like it might start unraveling, but in 70 miles in the rain on Saturday everything was fine.
Hey! If it ain't Celeste, it ain't Bianchi !!.........nmMR_GRUMPY
Jun 3, 2003 8:56 AM
re: Cinelli gel bar tape -- it works!OrbeaXLR8R
Jun 3, 2003 10:02 AM
I installed a new ITM Millenium bar on my rig and decided to try Cinelli Gel tape. It definitely works as advertised...less road vibration, no slippage at all, looks exactly the same as standard cork tape, and should last longer, too.
re: Cinelli gel bar tape -- it works!russw19
Jun 3, 2003 10:39 AM
I have this tape on one of my bikes and I love it. Another really good comfy bar tape is the Stella Azzura Pave' tape. It's the super soft density tape, and it's just about as nice as the Cinelli Gel. Prices should be about the same too. But sorry Doug, no Celeste there either. Get blue to match the decals.

I gotta disagreemetricEee
Jun 5, 2003 3:21 PM
I put the gel tape on this spring, and it does a nice job with minor vibrations, but it doesn't take the big hits that the crappy roads here dish out. I ended up getting some major hand pain that I have never had in the decade plus of riding. I ended up putting regular cork tape on top of it and it feels much better, but it looks pretty silly.