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  1. #1
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    When to replace bar tape?

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    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

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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.

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

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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

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    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Muirenn, Sounds like I need to check out the Lizards Skins tape. Why do you like it so much. Padding, grip, looks???

    I just ordered new shorts, so guess I'm loving the white tape, at least for now! Oh, and I really "need" a new jersey, but which one????????!!!!!!!
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    Padding and grip. It is so soft and grippy! Very different from anything else I've seen. Also looks nice. They have it in 3 thicknesses, 3.2 mm, 2.8, and 1.8. (Or thereabouts). I prefer the 3.2., though in that thickness, they have few colors. Some people like thinner tape. And I do have big hands, so that may have something to do with wanting fatter hand rests. (I really do have large hands, hand size being analogous foot length, I wear size 43.5 cycling shoes, 43 in the larger American sizes) On my CAADX, I have the bi-color black and white, and I put it directly on top of the old tape to make it really wide. I think it's the 2.8. On my Le Mond, I have the bi-color black and red, plus, those are the old school thinner bars, whatever clamp size those take, can't remember. Really too narrow. But that may be mostly the bars. I need to get some cheap tape to put beneath and make it fatter. I use the 3.2 mm tape on my main bike, a Pinarello, and as mentioned, on the curved portions of my Jones Loop. Love love love.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Really a personal choice, like every contact point in the bike. I tried Lizard Skins tape and lasted about 2-3 weeks on it. I did not like the feeling of it on my fingers. I use Fizik superlight glossy bar tape with gel pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pll View Post
    Really a personal choice, like every contact point in the bike. I tried Lizard Skins tape and lasted about 2-3 weeks on it. I did not like the feeling of it on my fingers. I use Fizik superlight glossy bar tape with gel pads.
    Yeah, a guy in my office hates the stuff.

    I've never felt the Fizik glossy, looks beautiful in pictures, though.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    Yeah, a guy in my office hates the stuff.

    I've never felt the Fizik glossy, looks beautiful in pictures, though.
    Something that might be unique to the glossy tape: fellow cyclists tend to "pet" my handlebars when the bike is leaned against a counter in a bike shop or against a wall in front of a coffee shop.

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    When to replace bar tape

    I love leather, the feel and the way it wears and ages. Ive moved brooks tape from bike to bike more than once. Ive got rolls of brooks spare but next might buy some DiPell, made in Melbourne.

 

 

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