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Old 05-26-22, 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid View Post
Of course handlebar tape is a consumable. Plastic, man-made materials are more consumable in general. But good quality leather whether used to make shoes, specialized gear, and yes even handlebar tape, when taken care of lasts many times that of the man-made materials. The issue is that current society is a throwaway one, and the vast majority (most probably even on this website) do not want the extra hassle of the minimal upkeep of leather tape versus the convenience of disposable plastic tape, all other things being equal. I am not finding fault in this preference, just giving my opinion as someone that has used everything from cotton wrap in the late 70s, to the 80s trend of plastic Bike Ribbon type, to the 90s use of cork, transitioning to synthetic cork to some of the current stuff available, even leather. After all these years, I still prefer plain leather wrap that I diligently clean and preserve. It just works for me but not for the vast majority of cyclists for many reasons of their own preference - I get it. Just don't tell me it's trying to look "vintage without being so".
Things that have been widely used back in the days, i call vintage, things that weren't used but are made to look that way i'd call "retro". Personally, i don't care what you use and for what reason, and you have permission to not care about what i think is vintage, i'm just an idiot with an opinion

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Old 05-26-22, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by martl View Post
Things that have been widely used back in the days, i call vintage, things that weren't used but are made to look that way i'd call "retro". Personally, i don't care what you use and for what reason, and you have permission to not care about what i think is vintage, i'm just an idiot with an opinion
Well, I am not going to disagree with you one bit.
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Old 05-26-22, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by martl View Post
i have an aversion to leather handlebar tape because it tries to look vintage without being so.
That's a silly aversion. I'm not trying to look "vintage." I want to use leather because it's cool. And awesome. And better than plastic.

I had vinyl seats in my 1976 Honda Civic wagon. Leather would have been better.

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Old 05-26-22, 10:04 AM
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I get it. But I like the Fizik so much, I'm thinking about getting their shoes.

I wrap it probably (2 or 3 times) on the initial wrap, use Lemon Pledge to clean it, and it stays clean.
It doesn't look as good on the oversize areas of carbon bars, but on the older stuff, I like it.
My only recommendation, if you get Fizik, is do not get the lettered version. The letters wear off.

It's good enough for this, appearance-wise.



I really like the stitched sleeve setup you have, but I'd have to hire it done.
Been there, failed miserably at that.

I also like the wall-reinforced repair rack.
The close proximity of the angle grinders, though....
I'd have to have them farther away. The temptation at times....
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i have an aversion to leather handlebar tape because it tries lo look vintage without being so; no one used leather because handlebar tape is a consumable. exception would be the Almarc bars which were used by dentists, not racers. still nice


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Old 05-26-22, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4 View Post
if you get Fizik, is do not get the lettered version. The letters wear off.
It's good enough for this, appearance-wise.
Well, since I'm already going leather (and since leather is the subject of this thread), I won't be getting the Fizik. I don't like perforated tape, either, so that's a turn-off right there.
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I also like the wall-reinforced repair rack.
The close proximity of the angle grinders, though....
I'd have to have them farther away. The temptation at times....
You haven't spotted the metal bands aw on the floor. About the stitching, I know people who have done it, even nicely, like you I never could. These were an aftermarket part available in the early eighties. One had to buy the bars complete with leather and stem I believe
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Old 05-26-22, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by martl View Post
i have an aversion to leather handlebar tape because it tries lo look vintage without being so; no one used leather because handlebar tape is a consumable. exception would be the Almarc bars which were used by dentists, not racers. still nice
I agree the old school sew on is too retro, but Handlebra and Brooks wrap you'd need to take a close look to see notice it's leather. IMHO the best part of leather is the no gloves, sweat absorption part without the drama of thick tape and weird textiles.
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Old 05-26-22, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
Leather tapes gets more tacky with use.
Same here.
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Old 05-28-22, 04:51 PM
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The Handlebra came today. Not packaged at all (came packed in a express mail envelope) and no extras like the Leh, but came in two rolls with a little extra for the brake lever clamps. It is nicely textured and seems more supple than the Leh, and as noted above, the edges are feathered, which should produce a very smooth and uniform wrap.
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For those of you who have actually installed leather wrap, do you soak it in water first? Iíve seen at least one YouTube video where this was done.
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Old 05-28-22, 07:21 PM
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I wouldn’t soak it. Here’s a good YouTube video.

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Well, I couldn’t bare to throw this antiquated leather bar tape in the trash and buy me some new fangled, petroleum based tape. I prefer my handlebars wrapped like my steering wheels, with real leather. So here’s my bars wrapped with Brooks leather tape. My first experience with Brooks wrap and had no issues. Let’s see if I get the years out of it like my other leather wrapped bars.





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Gorgeous. Turned out real nice.

Iím still deciding which brand to use (I have both the Handlebra and the Lehóboth have features I like), and am waiting for a good rainy day to install.
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
The vinyl tapes usually have a couple 3-inch pieces that go around the brake lever clamps. Is something similar done with leather wrap?
I like to run 2 of those, to avoid a lot of twisting.
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I can get away with one with a figure 8 wrap.
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Originally Posted by majmt View Post
From a previous post:

Handlebra is the best leather tape Iíve come across. Expensive but worth it.

HandleBra : Exemplary Leather Bicycle Handlebar Wrap : "Wait ' till you put your hands on this!" TM

This bike gets ridden less than 300 miles per year but the tape has been on since 2012 and still feels great for bare-handed riding. The chamfered edges make for a very smooth wrap. Only been wet a few times but I never had issues.


What levers are those?
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What levers are those?
Campy Record Titanium 8-sp ergos from the 1996 group set.
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I've never been a fan of perforated handlebar tape; that's just my personal taste.


I'm currently using the Profile Design "Drive" handlebar tape. It's 2.5mm thick. It retails for about $28 per box (set). The tape has no logos, and it stretches well enough to make for a tight and uniform wrap. It's generally easy to work with. The tape's hexagonal surface pattern provides a good grip, and the pattern reminds me of vintage 1920s bathroom floor tile (FWIW). The tape does have an adhesive, which I prefer. The adhesive helps keep the tape in place without creep.


I wash the tape after every ride, using a bit of dish soap on a moderately wet sponge. After 2-3 months, I replace the tape due to darkening and wear at the touch points. Here's a photo of a fresh retape:


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Yep, looks like my granny's bathroom tile. Just need the black grout, LOL!

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Originally Posted by Andrew_G View Post
I've never been a fan of perforated handlebar tape; that's just my personal taste.


I'm currently using the Profile Design "Drive" handlebar tape. It's 2.5mm thick. It retails for about $28 per box (set). The tape has no logos, and it stretches well enough to make for a tight and uniform wrap. It's generally easy to work with. The tape's hexagonal surface pattern provides a good grip, and the pattern reminds me of vintage 1920s bathroom floor tile (FWIW). The tape does have an adhesive, which I prefer. The adhesive helps keep the tape in place without creep.


I wash the tape after every ride, using a bit of dish soap on a moderately wet sponge. After 2-3 months, I replace the tape due to darkening and wear at the touch points. Here's a photo of a fresh retape:


Why would you post this in a thread about leather tape? Was it just an excuse to post a photo of your tape job?

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Why would you post this in a thread about leather tape? Was it just an excuse to post a photo of your tape job?
Probably for the same reason that you go on someone else thread and tell them their bike is a pos, and pick apart how they ride.

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I am still angry that Fizik dropped the Performance bar tape. Easily the best I have ever used.
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Originally Posted by krakhaus View Post
The Fizik stuff is great, It's not real leather, but it looks and feels like it. It cleans up really easily, and if you get any chain grime on it, just use some degreaser, and you're good as new.
I'm just annoyed that it's harder than it used to be to find the 3 mm stuff.
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Probably for the same reason that you go on someone else thread and tell them their bike is a pos, and pick apart how they ride.

Lighten up Francis
well, that didnít take long for the nastiness to come out. This forum has jerks like every other cycling forum, go figure.
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Another nod for the Fizik synthetic stuff --- not leather, but i dont have to worry about getting caught in the rain --- the wrap on the DeRosa has some tiny embossed in logos though -- and it is starting to yellow but its 5 years old.

Either wipes clean with some 409

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