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  1. #1
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    When to replace bar tape?

    DH is replacing his dirty white bar tape with black. I'm ok with just cleaning mine, but wondering if the padding starts to fail a bit over time.
    My bike is 4 or 5 years old. With moderately heavy summer riding.
    No idea how many miles I've ridden.
    Anyone know if there is a general rule on the life of gel tape? Thanks.
    2011 Specialized Ruby Comp
    2015 Giant Liv Tempt 3

  2. #2
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    When you start questioning whether you should replace it, there is probably a reason.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

  3. #3
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    You can replace it whenever it gets ugly, or you get bored with it, or when the cables are replaced, whatever comes first.

  4. #4
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    So if I find something I like better than what I have?! Great, kinda like everything else I seem to buy!!! I like that! Right now I'm more interested in a new jersey and shorts. TE here I come!

    Thanks ladies.
    2011 Specialized Ruby Comp
    2015 Giant Liv Tempt 3

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    Always happy to aid and abet spending on cycling-related stuff.

  6. #6
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    You'll feel the need to replace it once you feel Lizard Skins tape (I did!).

    Unfortunately, it means you have to have 40 dollar tape on all your bikes. (That's four bikes for me, even put LS's on my Jones H Loop bars on the Krampus, along with grips. Yeah. Pricey).
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

 

 

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