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how long does cork handlebar tape last?(9 posts)

how long does cork handlebar tape last?moschika
Nov 11, 2003 6:31 PM
how long does your handlebar tape usually last? mine is getting a bit thin around the top bend. it's cinelli cork tape and only has about 400 miles on it. is that normal wear?
I can eat a McGriddle in less then 30 seconds!the bull
Nov 11, 2003 7:37 PM
Are those things good or what????
Seriously, everyone is different.
Do you wear gloves?
Do you rub on bars while bored in a slow moving group?
Do you sweat alot?
Try wraping thicker on the ends.
400 miles does seem short.
I usually change mine every 3000 miles while I put on a new chain.
You used to pour syrup on your sausage patties.Alex-in-Evanston
Nov 12, 2003 1:53 PM
I know. I wouldn't touch a McGriddle with a latex glove. Give me two egg mcmuffins with sausage and I'll be on my way.
I know the throw away society has infiltrated ...Tom C
Nov 11, 2003 8:51 PM
the bike world but at that rate I'd be throwing away tape more than twice a month. Once a year is more than enough. I've let mine on for three years sometimes but I'm stingy.
re: how long does cork handlebar tape last?tarwheel
Nov 12, 2003 8:12 AM
Usually I get tired of my cork tape long before it wears out. In fact, I don't think I've ever worn out my cork tape. I've had some lighter colored tapes get so dirty that I replaced them for that reason, but now generally use black or blue tape that doesn't get discolored easily.
Too short for me--I've quit using it.Cory
Nov 12, 2003 9:16 AM
I didn't keep track of the miles, but Cinelli celeste tape is a close match for the green on my Atlantis, and I used it on the bars. It started looking ratty, frayed at the edges and pieces flaking off, after just a few weeks. I wrapped old-style cotton tape over the cork; feels good and lasts a couple of years.
Ditto here on cork...Lone Gunman
Nov 12, 2003 4:30 PM
It seems that the last few rolls of cork have hardly justified the few extra bones it cost to have Cinelli. I like the feel and cushion of cork tape, but like the durability of foam/cork by Profile or others (Supergo sells some house brand) better. Seems to clean up easier also.
About 10,000 miles, unless I crash on it..............nmMR_GRUMPY
Nov 12, 2003 11:07 AM
I use it until it falls off the bikelaffeaux
Nov 12, 2003 12:56 PM
400 miles is not long for tape to last. I keep the tape on until it's so frayed that my hands are in contact with the bar more than the remaining tape.