No bar tape comes close to the traditional feel of cork tape! Bike Ribbon's tape is built of durable self-adhesive natural cork, and includes black resin bar plugs and finishing tape. Enough tape is included to wrap one road drop handlebar.
This is really nice cork tape at a reasonable price. Comes with way more tape that need which is better than not enough. I looks and feels comfy and durable but I just put it on so I can't vouch for how durable it will be.
PROS: Lightweight, Attractive Design, Easy To Install
First of all, this was my first attempt at wrapping road bike handlebars and this tape was perfect overall. Although it had a thin strip of adhesive on the back, it was still easy to correct mistakes or even unwind several inches of it from the bars. So far, I've logged over 20 miles on the bike and the tape hasn't shown any signs of wear yet. It is very durable and thick, which adds to the comfort of the ride. However, a few more inches of it would have been nice due to the fact that my brakes do not have hood covers. I had to wrap around the clamps to cover some of the exposed band which left me a few inches shorter on top of the handlebars than I would have liked, but if you have hood covers this shouldn't be a problem. The kit included end plugs and two small pieces to tape behind the brake levers. It also included what I assumed was ending tape (which probably couldn't hold more than a piece of paper to your refrigerator) which I switched out for some good electrical tape. Despite these minor things I am very happy with this addition to my new bike.
The tape was at least 20cm too short to properly wrap a standard set of road bars. I had to make each wrap extremely wide. That, along with the tape already being pretty thin, means that it offers very little padding. I'm also not sure how well it's going to hold up-- doesn't seem like the cork is laminated in very well to the foam material. Spend the extra $4 and get something nicer.
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