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Benotto tape quandary(13 posts)

Benotto tape quandaryterry b
Jan 13, 2004 6:39 AM
Decided to live dangerously and do something different, so I bought a couple of rolls of Benotto tape to finish up the bike I'm working on. Well, I'm pretty surprised as to how incredibly thin it is. For those of you that have used it, do you use one roll per side and like the fact that the bar shows through? Or do you use put it on top of something else? Use two rolls? Am I being too picky?

I think the gloss will be nice, but I wasn't after the electrical tape on the bar look we coveted in middle school during the late 60s.
that's what it isDougSloan
Jan 13, 2004 7:22 AM
Yes, it's very thin. I use one roll per side, overlapping about 50% every wrap.

I would not use it on a bike you intend to ride long distances.

What's wrong with Bennoto tape and long distances?PT
Jan 13, 2004 7:46 AM
I know you know what long distance is, but I've done dozens of centuries and several doubles on Bennoto taped bars without any issue. What's the problem if you have padded gloves (and don't have any of the classic nerve issues in your wrists)? Even without gloves, the tape can work fine -- many of those centuries were ridden in the company of a friend using the same tape (we all used it in the early '80s) who refused to wear gloves. That being said, I use a cork wrap mostly because it came on my last purchase -- nothing wrong with that either. This is one of those YMMV issues...
Jan 13, 2004 7:53 AM
Yes, it is very fashionable. However, it has zero cushioning, and even with gel gloves, I feel much better with cushioned tape than Bennoto. I have it on my 1980 bike, along with a Brooks saddle, and when I jump back on my modern equipped bikes, I can tell a vast difference in comfort. Sure, "YMMV", but there is no disputing that cork tape is more comfortable for everyone, right? Bennoto may be ok for you, but cork is more comfy, isn't it?

Not always...PT
Jan 13, 2004 9:14 AM
The most important factor for me in any grip (road bike, mtb grip, ski pole grip) is the circumference of the grip. If the grip is too big or too small, that's when my hand gets tired. I like to ride with gloves because I've been known to fall off, so I find I lean towards smaller grips. When I ski, I use a lighter glove than most so I've been known to build up the grip on the pole to make it fit better. On the other hand, my wife likes gel gloves AND as much padding as a bar wrap can provide. Perhaps it's the old tennis player in me, but how something fits in my hand is way more important than any minor amount of shock absorption may be present in a bar wrap/grip. Or it could just be I have fat hands -- built in padding if you will... That's why even when it comes to "comfy", IMHO it's a YMMV issue.
second the ymmv.dzrider
Jan 13, 2004 7:57 AM
I like cotton tape best cause my hands don't slide as much as they do with cork or plastic. I use 2 layers cause I like the slightly larger bar. I would probably do that with Bennotto tape as well. It works well to wrap the first layer from the top down and the 2nd from the bottom up - less separation as the outer layer ages.
second the ymmv.wooglin
Jan 13, 2004 11:26 AM
Yup. That's why I stick with Bennotto. I like how my hands slide on it. First and only time I tried cork I nearly crashed when I tried to change my grip. Not that I wouldn't get used to it, but why bother? Bennotto works fine and lasts until you crash it. I think mine's been on the bars for about 8 years now.
50% overlap is probably the key. thanks! nmterry b
Jan 13, 2004 7:53 AM
just suffer for the styleArnold Zefal
Jan 13, 2004 8:57 AM
and wrapping it over one layer of white cotton tape doesn't hurt.
Put an old inner tube on firstMel Erickson
Jan 13, 2004 9:01 AM
Either wrap the tube as you would with tape or simply slit it and tape it on with electrical tape. You get more cushion if you wrap it, less if you slit and tape it on. Then wrap your bars with the Benotto. You get the Benotto look and some cushion. The cushion isn't as good as cork tape but it's much better than the plain Benotto wrap. It will also make the bar fatter (I have big hands and like a meatier bar).
Thanks guys! I think I'll do some sort of double wrap (nm)terry b
Jan 13, 2004 10:12 AM
yeah, I use two rolls per side nmgtx
Jan 13, 2004 11:05 AM
Do a weave!Tiger Lilly
Jan 14, 2004 7:20 AM
Back in the eighties, using two colors per side and braiding or weaving them was popular. It looked really cool, too. I never did it because I was a starving college student and couldn't afford two extra rolls of tape. Bicycling Magazine published instructions in one of those little pamphlets they'd give out with a new subscription. I may still have one on the bookshelf, if you're interested.

Personally, even though the Benotto tape is pretty, I think it's too slick when wet, and I prefer the cushion of cork.

Kathy :^)