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Cork tape over Sorbothane for Unbelievable Comfort!(3 posts)

Cork tape over Sorbothane for Unbelievable Comfort!johnnybegood
Sep 2, 2003 8:08 PM
In response to a post lower down, I would offer this combination. I like the controlled feel I get with high pressure tires, but don't like the amount of road vibration which is transmtted to my hands. I experimented around with double wrapped bars but found a much better solution. Someone here, or on another forum, may have suggested it. Search the McMaster-Carr website ( for Sorbothane, a brand name for ultra soft polyurethane. It comes in various sized sheets in various thicknesses and three different levels of "hardness". After experimenting with a couple thicknesses and hardnesses, I would recommend the 3/16" thick of durometer 50. A single 4"X4" sheet at $4.58 plus shipping is enough to cut into four 1"X4" strips and pad both the drops and the tops of the bars. I tape the strips in place in the riding positions only using electrical tape then wrap with Cinelli cork. I was concerned that bars would look ovalized in cross section. Pull the tape tightly and it compresses a litle. The bars only look different when compared side by side with non padded bars. You would not believe the ride!
or over retired innertubes. nm.Steve_0
Sep 3, 2003 4:53 AM
...or switch to tubulars....Alexx
Sep 3, 2003 4:57 PM
...and then you won't have to ride with bars that look like a stuffed sausage...