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  • soma_rich
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    The cheap stuff that came on my B’twin is already very thin. So what stays plump and adds a bit of comfort? I have thick grips on my mountain bike I was hoping I could get a bit bigger on bar tape?
    this any good?
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=59631

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    Dunno.

    The thicker Bontrager stuff is very good though.

    turbo1397
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    I use lizard skins dsp stuff.. expensive, but worth it i think..

    soma_rich
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    The lizard skins dsp does keep coming up in reviews. Is it a gel type lining to it?

    FuzzyWuzzy
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    Lizard Skins is quite nice, grippy even when wet and semi-cushioned. I use either that or Spesh bar phat stuff inc. the pads under it.

    Specialized ‘Bar Phat’ I think it is on all of my roadbikes (white of course as it is the fastest of all of the coulours)

    I don’t get the stuff with pads in I just cut up old mouse mats, it works surprisingly well.

    nikxl
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    Arundel Gecko Grip is great, similar to lizard skins but a nicer feel if you prefer not to wear gloves. Fizik is good too the flocked type.

    i like the bontrager stuff on my cross bike but (after about 3-4 years use) its wearing on the bends.

    easton is similar and really nice.

    zip is also nice and i find really hard wearing, on my road bike also 3-4 years and no wear like the bont.

    whatnobeer
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    Cinelli Gel Cork stuff is good. Comfy, nice colours and a decent price too.

    CraigW
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    I like Fizik bar tape.
    For more comfort, you can get Fizik “bar gel” which goes underneath the tape. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=27914

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    I half-like my Fizik. It went on easily which is a bonus, and it’s durable. But it’s a wee bit edge-ey, you can really feel where the tape wraps are. I don’t like it without gloves. Still, good grip and comfort

    Oh, also it’s fairly stiff so was a total balls to get into my bars at the end, but ymmv- I think the bars are quite thick. But the upshot was their end caps wouldn’t fit and actually getting a nice wrap-in was hard work.

    Solo
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    Which bar tape?

    umop3pisdn
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    Single layer of Fiz’ik microtex and a bit of mtfu

    I`ve used Fizik in the past and found it to have a good blend,of loooks,grip and durability.

    Goes on easier if you leave the roll on the radiator before applying.

    Next time I feel I could do with a bit more cush so might try Lizardskins or Arundel Gecko.

    nikxl
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    If you must, although I’ve never felt the need, rather than wasting money on the gel strips for under your bars you can use a strip of your old bar tape to thicken things up

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    Stella Azzurra Tecno-Spugna – partly for the name, partly because it works and partly because they do a really nice sort of dark Prussian blue version. And the Easton stuff works decently ime.

    I tried a set of under-tape gel inserts for a while, felt really odd and wrong to me, though obviously that’s just personal taste and I don’t have any… 😉

    londonerinoz
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    Double wrapping might be cheaper than fat tapes. No idea if it’s a long-term solution but it always get mentioned in bike prep for the cobbled classics.

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    On the subject of bar tape, which way are people wrapping? Bottom up would stop dirt/water running between wraps. However, top down gives a cleaner look as no bits of tape to hold it all on.

    paddy0091
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    Prologo.

    Used/raced/abused for years. Always holds up

    Start at the bottom, leave about half a width of the tape outside of the bar end (for bung) and begin to tape, pull the tape tight on each wind.

    simondbarnes
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    Lizard Skins DSP is lovely stuff and they do a 3.2mm version now as well for more cushioning.

    umop3pisdn
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    Fizik Microtex

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    Charge U-Bend is lovely.

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