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Poll: Favorite bar tape and why?(19 posts)

Poll: Favorite bar tape and why?Juanmoretime
Dec 22, 2003 11:14 AM
I don't care for bar tape that has the two sided glue, I'm using Deda right now although I didn't peel the paper off the adhesive. I've used Profile bar wrap and sort of like it. Has anyone used the Stella Azzurra Eleganza tape? if so, any feedback?


just did a side-by-side comparison...Chicago_Steve
Dec 22, 2003 11:21 AM
Cinelli for the left side of the bar, Performance for the right side of the bar.

Performance won hands down... No sticky residue, more cushion, better resistance to wear and glazing over. I'm now a believer of $5 bar tape...
Cinelli gelDave Hickey
Dec 22, 2003 11:26 AM
Nice padding and it has no adhesive. Very comfortable and you can rewrap it.
Dec 22, 2003 11:41 AM
Just kidding (though I still have it on one bike). Cinelli cork on the rest cause it's comfy and durable and matches my bars and stems.
Moda Chunky by TorrelliMootsie
Dec 22, 2003 11:48 AM
Far better than any cork or synthetic cork. Its a little like Deda and lasts long with lots of cushy comfort. When you need to change, it comes off in one piece. Many color choices as well. You can get it at
Nashbar. tried the others. lasts longer, cheap, & no ripping. nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 22, 2003 12:00 PM
Salsa GomaPmbH
Dec 22, 2003 12:10 PM
I've had good luck with Salsa Goma tape. Feels good, and is very durable. Not a lot of color options, but I tend to stick with black.

On a slightly related note: Cotton handlebar tape is great for chainstays.
Dec 22, 2003 12:13 PM
Nice feel, easiest to wrap, easiest to clean (in my experience).
Dec 22, 2003 12:26 PM
I like the feel and it's easy to clean.
Black, because I ride my bikes. nmMB1
Dec 22, 2003 1:58 PM
And the rest of us polish ours?nmTom C
Dec 22, 2003 7:21 PM
I wasn't implying anything about anyone else.MB1
Dec 23, 2003 6:54 AM
The man asked 2 questions. I answered as clearly as I could in a few simple words. No reason to go into a long answer to a poll.

Now it is true that my bikes often are not as clean and polished as I would like. Some of the RBR posters I have ridden with have the nicest clean and pretty bikes (every RBR poster I have ever ridden with have been very strong and fit riders) that make me somewhat ashamed of the way my bikes look.

I just don't have it in me to keep more than 1 bike in the stable cleaned and polished and that bike is always one of Miss M's.

Happy now?
"..lady doth protest too much."Tom C
Dec 23, 2003 7:29 AM
Although brief, your answer came off with an unnecessary smugness that was belittling. Look at the thread again and then check your answer and see if it doesn't come across that way.
Dec 23, 2003 8:39 AM
Maybe you're new here? He posts and answers a lot on this board and has never come off that way before.

And he rides a lot, so his answer was very literal, not smug.
literal, and accurateTNSquared
Dec 23, 2003 9:10 AM
I use black on my road bike for the very reason that it hides grime and sweat.

BTW - the black bar tape I prefer is Cinelli cork, but any cork type will do.
Well I'll tell ya...Tom C
Dec 23, 2003 3:45 PM
I've been here at least 2 years and to keep it objective because I didn't think it would be a very popular observation, I asked my 17 rear old daughter who is an avid rider by the way, what she thought. "The guy's kind of smug isn't he?" was her observation. Now for a bit of doting fatherly smugness, you don't get into the University of Chicago and cop a 34 on the ACT by not being able to read between the lines. So she's no fool. With all due respect, I value her opinion a little more.
I see MB has given this thread the attention it deservesJS Haiku Shop
Dec 24, 2003 6:10 AM
Tom, let me apologize on behalf of the entire cycling world for any words that may have been misconstrued and might have lead you to days of worry and elevated blood pressure. The internet, and written words floating across your computer screen, are certainly life-directing things, and I can surely see how they might keep one up nights wondering, "are these thirty virtually anonymous words smug?".

thanks again for your input and attempt at clarification. please know what we all deeply respect your contribution to the discussion. i sincerely hope this thread continues to receive the attention it merits.

As for MB, i'm sure if he was attempting to be snide, there would be no doubt. either way, i'll take him as he is, and appreciate it.

have a nice day.
My comment was necessarily brief...Tom C
Dec 24, 2003 7:58 AM
and his answer explaining why his bikes are not kept clean was a non-sequitor. He clearly implied, taken in conjunction with his reputation for mega-mile output that he didn't need to worry about the brand or color or weight or feel of such a trivial matter as tape, which incidentally, I don't either, but then again, I didn't post. If I had, "black because everything else gets dirty" would have sufficed. Now surely JS, a person as gifted as you in the language doesn't see it as a stretch to glean what I did. Your concern for my blood pressure is noted, but not to worry, I'm not overweight.
re: Poll: Favorite bar tape and why?gabaguy
Dec 22, 2003 5:30 PM
I have eleganza. Not wild about it as it does not pad the bars well. Used it on my Tirrenos. Put a few pieces of cork underneath at the bend on top. Looks great though.