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Is cork tape necessary?(6 posts)

Is cork tape necessary?ride_hard
Aug 15, 2003 4:10 AM
Wondering if anyone out their rides sans handlebar/cork tape. It would be a shame to hide some of the art(?) that is on some handlebars, i.e. Cinelli Integralter; Ram Bar; etc.
no. nm.Steve_0
Aug 15, 2003 8:03 AM
re: Is cork tape necessary?eyebob
Aug 15, 2003 8:21 AM
You know, that's a good thought. I know that some of the old-school riders didn't use it, but I don't see anyone doing any more. Part of the reason is because the cables need to be secured and hidden along the bar, but I suppose with enough zip ties, that could be accomplished.

you want to ride bare carbon? Have fun in the rain!BergMann
Aug 15, 2003 8:57 AM
Also, what are you going to do with those unsightly cables?

No matter what you do, you're going to have _some_ sort of tape on the bars.

I love cork tape - it allows me to ride essentially unpadded gloves (less hot spots, less bunching and pinching).

To each his own...
Aug 15, 2003 10:43 AM
the above posters are assuming he has modern cable routing. non-aero levers dont need routing. Neither do interrupters. Nor FGs or coasters. PLENTY of urban riders have no tape.

Now, assuming the above assumptions are right on, and the poster has aero levers or sti, then yes, having tape would be optimal. Certainly doesnt need to be cork, though. Cloth tape works fine.
integralter/ram only supposed to be wrapped in drops nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 15, 2003 10:51 AM