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1989 Restoration Question(10 posts)

1989 Restoration QuestionDave Hickey
Dec 3, 2001 3:47 AM
I just bought a LOOK KG86 frame from 1989. I'm looking to build it up as it would have been in 1989-90. I have a Dura Ace 7400 group for components. I have a couple of questions:

1. Bar Tape- Was cork around in 1989 or did everyone use ribbon or cloth tape?
2. Wheels- Would MA40's be correct? What other clinchers wheels were used on high end bikes?

Thanks, Dave
re: 1989 Restoration QuestionBicycle Bill
Dec 3, 2001 6:04 AM
The MA-40's are correct for the period and more than likely what you would have chosen back then. Cork was also around in those days but if you want to make it look like LeMond's La Vie Claire bike they used white Bennotto bar tape on their bikes. Benotto tape was made out of a cellophane type of materiel and was very thin and shiny. You might be able to find some leftover stock in a shop that has been around since then or maybe on e-bay. Do you have an old pair of LOOK pedals for it?
re: 1989 Restoration QuestionDave Hickey
Dec 3, 2001 7:16 AM
Thanks for the info Bill. I have an old pair of LOOK pedals. I'll look around for the Bennotto tape.
I'd stay with the cork tapeTig
Dec 3, 2001 8:27 AM
That's what we used in those days, anyway. The shiny tape was not used as much by then. Try something basic like black or white (doesn't stay clean for long though), but we also used the splashy, tasteless stuff tape from Profile. The shiny stuff was not as comfy and the grip not as secure.
I think cotton tape was already antique by '89cory
Dec 3, 2001 4:07 PM
I "restored" (actually washed and tuned) an early '70s Peugeot back about '88 or '89, and I remember having to look a couple of places to find the original cotton bar tape. Some older shops still had it, but people used to ask me why I was using "that old stuff."
I think cotton tape was already antique by '89Dave Hickey
Dec 3, 2001 5:01 PM
Thanks for the response. I think I'll go with white cork or benotto tape.
Cloth tape still widely usedKrill
Dec 6, 2001 9:56 AM
Cloth tape is still widely used, particularly on the track. It has made a resurgence lately on the road with the retro types, ala Rivendell. Any decent bike shop should be able to order it for you. Tressostar black cloth tape is what I like to use now days on my track bikes and old bikes. It would look out of place on a Look though.

For that bike I would use a basic unpadded black cork tape.
re: 1989 Restoration Questionwalter
Dec 3, 2001 6:34 PM
I started putting cork tape on the Cdale I rode while in college back around '86 so you're good there. My then girlfriend, now wife didn't like cork and used some funky Off The Front wrap so that might be an option as well. As I recall Benotto peaked in popularity in the earlier 80s but was still definitely around. Personally never cared for Benotto but that's my opinion. The last time I used cotton was as a kid hanging out in and working part-time in a Schwinn shop sometime around 1978-79 or so. Then it was on Continentals and LeTours.

The old Look ARC pedals were around. I switched from clips to those sometime right around '89. I remember the Look frames but didn't see many. Alan was popular and in Central Fla due to the long defunct Ten Speed Drive Imports Guerciotti aluminum was very popular. Coming straight from the football squad Cdale was the only aluminum for me.

Enough nostalgia. Yes, cork was a valid and IMO the best option in the late '80s. I was there.
re: 1989 Restoration Questionjosh_putnam
Dec 4, 2001 8:53 PM
My pre-99 catalogs are all in storage, but if I remember right, '89 was the heyday of gaudy two-color fade tapes and bright polka dot tape, too.

The only race photos I have handy from '89 include several examples of each, including some distressing neon colors, too. My own fire-engine-red bike had bright mustard yellow tape with black polkadots that coordinated with yellow cable casing and bottle cages and black brakes and brake levers. I still had cloth tape on my touring bike, and I seem to recall a few people I rode with using Cinelli cork tape, but I don't see any in my picures from back then.

MA-40s were a very popular rim in '89, as were some aero rim models though I don't remember which.

If you really want to get it all right, have your local bike shop give Euro-Asia a call, they're a distributor that has tons of new-old-stock parts, might still have real 1989 bar tape in stock, and almost certainly has period rims for you.
Thanks for the tipsDave Hickey
Dec 6, 2001 7:14 AM
Thanks for the tips