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tennis racquet wrap/grip on h'bars?

Old 07-26-05, 12:01 AM
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tennis racquet wrap/grip on h'bars?

hi folks,

my question isn't specific to fixed/ss, but this is where the macguyvers hang out, so this is where i'm posting it.

how come you never hear of people using tennis grips instead of bar tape? there are some beautiful leather wraps for cheap--why not put em on your bike?

and what about old inner tubes? they feel super comfy and look cool. why don't i see that around?

and while i'm at it--what kind of grips/wrap do i put on a flat bar to match an antique-brown brooks?

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Old 07-26-05, 12:07 AM
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and what about old inner tubes? they feel super comfy and look cool. why don't i see that around?
I know a guy who does that on his track bike. But your right he is the mcguyver type.
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I went to look for tennis wrap a few weeks ago, and couldn't find anything better and cheaper than Cinelli cork tape on sale from Nashbar. Everything was way more expensive, or you'd have to buy two or three packages to do up a set of bars.

Hockey stick tape is an exception though, 99 cents a roll, and makes a good alternative to cloth tape, though it gets dirty FAST if you get the white. I recommend black.

Innertube would probably work, but its a little 'rubbery', I don't know how to describe it, but I think that gummy property would be a bad thing... Maybe innertube, then hockey tape on top to hold it all together... Hmm....

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Old 07-26-05, 12:21 AM
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hockey tape would kinda be a drag i think.. it gets sticky shiz all over your hands..un less theyve improved it in the last 10 years
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Old 07-26-05, 01:09 AM
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tourna grip is the ****. i use it to wrap my raquets. however, it wears rather fast. bar tape will last you longer.
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Old 07-26-05, 02:06 AM
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yeah, pretty much any raquet tape will wear faster than bar tape. at least that's my drunken 3am assumption.
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Old 07-26-05, 08:43 AM
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useful info all around. thanks everyone!
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Old 07-26-05, 08:52 AM
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use old leather belts to match a brooks
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Inner tube is a'ight, but it kinda rubs off and leaves schmutzy rubbery black residue on your hands.
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both hockey tape (stick/grip tape) and inner tube work....

if you like getting off your bike with sticky black hands.



only inner tube will work if you like black hands plus not being able to grip the bars while riding in the rain/if they get wet.

if you are really in a bind, go for the stick/hockey tape and try to pre-rub the tape a bit to remove the adhesive a bit. it grips tight and holds up beautifully in the rain though.
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Inner tube is a'ight, but it kinda rubs off and leaves schmutzy rubbery black residue on your hands.
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I wrapped my drop bars with wilson white grip tape. It got noticably dirty in 3 weeks But they're still working great! I just had a lot of grip tape left since I don't play tennis as much anymore
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i used some pleather type material to wrap my handlebars cuz i had some left over after i reupholstered my bike seat. it was only 10 bucks a yard and i only needed 1/4 a yard. super cheap. holding up pretty well too.
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11 years on

So.... Might as well resurrect the dead.

Would a normal tennis grip tape (for one tennis racquet handle) be long enough for one side of a drop bar?
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Its so dull and boring around here nowadays that I welcome zombies...

I was an avid tennis player for a good part of my life so can echo old (and older) posts that racquet grip tape is not a good substitute for handlebar tape,

The one time I really needed to change my bartape, and didn't have any, but had and tried to use some racquet-tape...it was a disaster. And to answer this thread's latest ressurector - in my case, one package was not enough for my bike

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Old 05-27-19, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Stealthy Ninja View Post
So.... Might as well resurrect the dead.

Would a normal tennis grip tape (for one tennis racquet handle) be long enough for one side of a drop bar?
Nope. I use tennis racket overgrip for my aerobars, and with a normal amount of overlap, one tape will wrap about a 8" length of 7/8" bar-- I have to use two tapes for my Profile Designs Airstryke.

Beyond that, the padding isn't much-- the thicker stuff is ~2mm, and will probably cost more than just buying bar tape. Especially when you can get basic foam bar tape for like $3.
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So the message is (just in case in another 10 years someone else stumbles across this) don't bother with tennis racquet tape?
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Great for aerobars. I bought a 12-pack of Alien Grip that will last me ages, seeing as one set of bars has minimal scuffing after ~6 months of use.
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Originally Posted by Stealthy Ninja View Post
So the message is (just in case in another 10 years someone else stumbles across this) don't bother with tennis racquet tape?
>>>once upon a time i used to wrap my WEED racket grips with CINELLI bar tape but i never tourna gripped my bars
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