Handlebar Tape

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Handlebar Tape

Postby Cube Rider » 13 Feb 2019, 5:37pm

Have just replaced 'again' my bar tape for Lizard Skin and have one question, does wearing gloves cause the wear shown in my Before & After pictures?
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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby LittleGreyCat » 13 Feb 2019, 6:32pm

How long did that take?
Also, which gloves?

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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby Cube Rider » 13 Feb 2019, 7:37pm

The bike being a Cube Agree C:62 SL so original tape was obviously Cube. I then replaced that with Fizik and now to the Lizard Skin, I bought the bike February 2017 which has now been ridden just over 3,500 miles, the gloves I wear are Cube which have a leather cloth palm
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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby mattsccm » 13 Feb 2019, 7:55pm

That's the Lizard skin?
Different tapes wear at different rates and maybe that was some fragile stuff. Do your hands move about? Gloves maybe a bit rough. Doubt it though.
Never managed that much wear but wouldn't let it get to that state so can't say how long it would have taken me. put money on it being poor tape plus excessive movement.

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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby landsurfer » 13 Feb 2019, 7:56pm

Bar tape is Black ... for a reason ... :lol:
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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby mattsccm » 13 Feb 2019, 7:56pm

Lever hoods look low so maybe undue pressure on tape. Hard to tell though.

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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby philvantwo » 13 Feb 2019, 8:04pm

Well the tape in the top photo has been put on backwards!
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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby Vetus Ossa » 13 Feb 2019, 8:07pm

philvantwo wrote:Well the tape in the top photo has been put on backwards!


I disagree

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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby scottg » 13 Feb 2019, 8:23pm

The Lizard Skins tape has layers of different materials,
the outer layer does wear off. The tape is meant to be wrapped
without stretching, if stretched it wears faster (micro cracks).

The above limits earn Lizard Skins tape the CTC tags "fancy" & "silly money"

http://redkiteprayer.com/2019/01/no-cel ... -bar-tape/

If you wish to spend silly money on bar tape, Shaker chair tape is lovely.
http://www.shakerworkshops.com/catalog/ ... e.php/tape
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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby Vetus Ossa » 13 Feb 2019, 8:33pm

I had lizard skins on my bars once, hated the feel of it so never got to wear it out, but appreciate bar tape choice is a personal thing.

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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby Samuel D » 13 Feb 2019, 8:34pm

Vetus Ossa wrote:
philvantwo wrote:Well the tape in the top photo has been put on backwards!

I disagree

The way it appears to be wrapped, it will tend to unwrap with typical hand pressure. I’d call that backward unless I’m not reading the picture correctly.

Some bar tapes wear like with or without gloves. Doubt it makes much difference.

By the way, the stem clamp looks overtightend to the point that the top ears are touching. The lower ones aren’t. Maybe the steerer tube is too short or the bolts weren’t tightened in small increments or to the same torque. I’d have a good look at that (with a torque wrench) before worrying overly about the tape.

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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby Mick F » 13 Feb 2019, 8:44pm

Vetus Ossa wrote:
philvantwo wrote:Well the tape in the top photo has been put on backwards!


I disagree

I agree and disagree.
The drops are correct, but the tops are wrong.
It looks like the drops and the tops have been wrapped separately.
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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby Brucey » 13 Feb 2019, 8:49pm

tape looks wound from bottom to top in both photos?

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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby Vetus Ossa » 13 Feb 2019, 8:52pm

I have always taped my bars like the op and never had it come loose, so maybe it doesn’t matter a whole lot?

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Re: Handlebar Tape

Postby foxyrider » 13 Feb 2019, 8:53pm

The palm of some gloves/mitts is more abrasive to the tape than others - I have a pair of Endura mitts that eat bar tape but others that don't make a mark.

On one bike the tape (similar to the Cube stuff) is getting a bit thin, its been on the bike for best bit of five years, many hundreds of hours riding.

I do have Lizardskin tape on one of the other bikes - I hate it but after spending out on it i'm loath to replace before it really needs doing.
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