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Does anybody use 2 layers of bar tape wrap for comfort?(14 posts)

Does anybody use 2 layers of bar tape wrap for comfort?Fez
Sep 2, 2003 8:47 AM
Any opinions are welcome. Does it work well, or is it too thick and sloppy feeling?

Is there a base layer of thin stuff (like racquet or bat tape) that you could put on the handlebar first before installing the bar tape?
only in strategic places; drops and next to hoods nmDougSloan
Sep 2, 2003 9:00 AM
Tyler Hamilton did to finish TdF after his broken collarboneKeeponTrekkin
Sep 2, 2003 9:07 AM
but I have no info on how it was wrapped.

re: Does anybody use 2 layers of bar tape wrap for comfort?tarwheel
Sep 2, 2003 9:37 AM
Like Doug, I apply a double layer of tape in strategic locations where my hands rest a lot -- near the hoods and on the drops. However, I bought some of the new Cinelli gel tape over the summer and the stuff really works, so I'm just using that single wrapped on one of my bikes. You can also buy supplemental padding strips from some of the on-line bike shops, like Look in the section for handlebar tape.
Two Layers of Cinelli Corkbsdc
Sep 2, 2003 9:54 AM
I use two layers of Cinelli Cork throughout. It's great. I like the bigger diameter bar it creates. There is no sploppy feel at all.
Yep! Works for me too.RickC5
Sep 2, 2003 4:39 PM
Not sloppy or squishy, but provides a thicker bar and aids in absorbing road shocks. I've done this on three road bikes and can report no negatives, at least for me.
big handsstratoshark
Sep 2, 2003 10:14 AM
Two layers feels good to me, makes the bar feel "normal" rather than too small. I recycle the top layer to the bottom, and install the new tape on top. I'm sure that's not as thick as 2 new rolls due to compression and wear, but it feels best to me.
re: Does anybody use 2 layers of bar tape wrap for comfort?brider
Sep 2, 2003 10:40 AM
Double layered Scott Proper wrap (old stuff) through the hooks.
cotton over cork or over an old tubecory
Sep 2, 2003 12:18 PM
The celeste cork tape that (almost) matches my Atlantis was so fragile I covered it with orange cloth tape (looks better than it sounds). Feels great. In the old days I used to wrap cotton over an old tube. Looks a little lumpy, but between the cloth and the ridges where the tube overlaps, it gives great grip.
re: Does anybody use 2 layers of bar tape wrap for comfort?QuadRing
Sep 2, 2003 12:50 PM
I use two layer for two reasons:

1. I have long fingers and like a fatter handlebar for better grip ( also use gloves ).
2. It does help a little more comfort-wise, but reason #1 is mainly it.
Specialized has there Phat wrap that comes with gel insertsMr Nick
Sep 2, 2003 1:04 PM
Talk about sloppy feeling ...bsdc
Sep 2, 2003 4:16 PM
Someone at a bike shop showed me a bike wrapped with the Phat-Wrap. The gel insert created a very slippery feeling between the bar tape and the handlebar. You could actually twist the handlebar tape quite a bit. I would highly recommend checking out a bike with it before you buy it.
I don't. Try the Cinelli gel.KG 361
Sep 2, 2003 4:58 PM
It wraps real nice, seems to absorb shock fairly well, and doesn't have the same sticky tape that the regular cinelli tape has. It has an adhesive strip on it that's much nicer and is only about $3 more expensive than the regular cork.
I use a single wrap of..........davet
Sep 3, 2003 3:16 AM
Tressoro cotton bar tape underneath the Cinelli tape. I have larger hands and find this combo comfortable, firm and not squishy.