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HOT TOTALLY NUDE carbon handlebars (no handlebar tape)

Old 02-04-21, 06:27 PM
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HOT TOTALLY NUDE carbon drop handlebars (no handlebar tape)

Who else is going tape-free in 2020?






(my ultimate gravel build, based on a 2006 Schwinn SuperSport hybrid)

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Old 02-04-21, 06:31 PM
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Too late to do anything in 2020.

Looks good though.
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Old 02-04-21, 06:38 PM
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I found the single wrap on my drops wasn't enough. Everytime I dropped into them they felt too small. I wrapped them with an inner tube and then put the wrap back on to make them thicker. I need the thicker bars. No way could I go the naked route. But to each his own and glad you like it.
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
Too late to do anything in 2020.

Looks good though.
LOL clearly this build took me longer than I realized
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Originally Posted by Bigbus View Post
I found the single wrap on my drops wasn't enough. Everytime I dropped into them they felt too small. I wrapped them with an inner tube and then put the wrap back on to make them thicker. I need the thicker bars. No way could I go the naked route. But to each his own and glad you like it.
I got some rubber slide-on sleeve things on order that I will try out, but for now the bars are tape-free, and I like the look!
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Old 02-04-21, 07:12 PM
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Carbon. Zero tape.

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Originally Posted by mikehuangsd View Post
Who else is going tape-free in 2020?
Riding tape-free is great, until you start to sweat.
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That is an odd build. Carbon bars and fancy wheels on a Schwinn hybrid but it looks like you did a good job on the build. Though I would not want to ride without bar tape. Especially for cyclocross but I wouldn't wrap yet because you might want to add some travel agents for the brakes. Linear pull brakes and short pull levers don't really go well together but hopefully it all works well for you.
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] Especially for cyclocross but I wouldn't wrap yet because you might want to add some travel agents for the brakes. Linear pull brakes and short pull levers don't really go well together but hopefully it all works well for you.
This bike already came with mini-v-brakes on it (85mm brake arms), so no travel-agent needed. And I'm on the hoods almost 100% of the time, so I'm thinking of just leaving the handlebar tape off this time.
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Old 02-04-21, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by mikehuangsd View Post
This bike already came with mini-v-brakes on it (85mm brake arms), so no travel-agent needed. And I'm on the hoods almost 100% of the time, so I'm thinking of just leaving the handlebar tape off this time.
Ahh yes...looking back on them they do look a bit shorter. I am not used to seeing mini-linis often so it didn't register.

If you are just in the hoods, cut down the bars and save all the weight ; )

Me I couldn't run tapeless bars and wouldn't want to I would at least do some cloth tape or something thin and light just as a little extra protection for the bars and in case I decide to move my hands.
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Just wrap the drops then 2 1/2 inches past the hoods.

Aero bar tops are so flattish no need for tape.
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Needs one of those super aero bars with the integrated stem.
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Just tape your hands.
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I like bar tape- its comfortable.
There is a reason why Benotto tape stopped being popular over a quarter century ago and untaped bars only further highlight it.
But there are always exceptions, so go wild.
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Old 02-05-21, 09:40 AM
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I had tape only on the drops, back in the days when we actually used our drops.
It wasn't a particularly good idea.
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
Carbon. Zero tape.

Wrong discussion. Apples and oranges, mtb's and road's, straight bars and drops... See where I'm going here? haha
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With hot humid summers, I'd be worry about slipping my hands off when not riding on the hoods. Granted, my gloves might probably prevent this. But after learning my lesson on a different bike, I'm sticking to taping my bars. Plus, it offers much more comfort, especially on longer brevet rides.
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We used to use a plasticy kind of woven tape; most likely a knock-off of Benotto (I am sure it came from K-Mart). Slippery when wet, and hard as steel.... I bet it lasted forever though since it didn't absorb any sweat (being plastic and all LOL). My family was never one to splurge and replace items that wore out or got nasty as they aged, and periodic replacement of bar tape would have been high on the list as unnecessary expenditures.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
Riding tape-free is great, until you start to sweat.
I was wondering the same thing. The clean look in the OP’s pics is awesome. But that slick CF finish must be slippery when it gets wet...especially if you ride without gloves.

Side question...has anyone ever achieved the same internal routing using traditional aluminum bars...either produced that way, or after-market modification without a significant loss of integrity?


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Riding without tape is a personal choice, but you should plug your bar ends as a safety measure. An unplugged bar can be very dangerous in a fall.
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Wrong discussion. Apples and oranges, mtb's and road's, straight bars and drops... See where I'm going here? haha
Handlebar/handlebars. Carbon Germaine to the discussion. To subtle for you to understand.

Also, your apostrophe abuse is horrific.
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
Handlebar/handlebars. Carbon Germaine to the discussion. To subtle for you to understand.
To/too.
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To/too.
To continue the theme, touché.
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
Handlebar/handlebars. Carbon Germaine to the discussion. To subtle for you to understand.

Also, your apostrophe abuse is horrific.
So, the grips are like a fig leaf?
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
Handlebar/handlebars. Carbon Germaine to the discussion. To subtle for you to understand.

Also, your apostrophe abuse is horrific.
The apostrophes were not to show possession, just trying to make it easier for some to understand...
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