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Old 06-27-21, 03:54 PM
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Bar Tape Matchy-Matchy

Started with some Pirelli P-Zeros -

But had some issues and had to switch to GP5000's -

But now the bar tape doesn't match the tires! Anyone know of a lighter beige colored tape that will match the gumwall of the GP 5000's?

For reference the current bar tape is Fizik Tempo Microtex "Honey' colored tape. Not interested in cloth or real leather tape.

Thanks!

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Old 06-27-21, 03:59 PM
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Do you really not know how to use Google, or were you just looking for an excuse to post a photo of your bike?
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Old 06-27-21, 04:08 PM
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I don't think that tape works, regardless of sidewall.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Do you really not know how to use Google, or were you just looking for an excuse to post a photo of your bike?
Believe it or not a Google search only represents about 60% of what is in the world around you. In addition only 2-3% of a google search shows up on the first page of a google search and most people have little patience to look further than that.

You are missing out on many things the world has to offer if Google is the only way you know of to find products or restaurants or clothing or...

But that being said I have used google and have not been able to find anything relatively close to what I am looking for. So now I have now invoked the power of the BFKW (Bike Forum Keyboard Warriors).

And as an offering I did indeed post pictures of my bike.

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I'm a little color blind, but I think this is pretty close:
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Originally Posted by Wilmingtech View Post
Believe it or not a Google search only represents about 60% of what is in the world around you. In addition only 2-3% of a google search shows up on the first page of a google search and most people have little patience to look further than that.

You are missing out on many things the world has to offer if Google is the only way you know of to find products or restaurants or clothing or...

But that being said I have used google and have not been able to find anything relatively close to what I am looking for. So now I have now invoked the power of the BFKW (Bike Forum Keyboard Warriors).

And as an offering I did indeed post pictures of my bike.

-Sean

Sounds like you're missing out on about 57% of what the world has to offer if you won't go past the first Google page.
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The colored sidewalls plus the huge graphics on the huge wheels make the thing look really busy, regardless of the bar tape. If you are wedded to those wheels, go black for tires and tape.
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Old 06-27-21, 04:35 PM
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The colored sidewalls plus the huge graphics on the huge wheels make the thing look really busy, regardless of the bar tape. If you are wedded to those wheels, go black for tires and tape.
Agreed on the wheel gfx. I've been contemplating peeling off the gfx or blacking out the white outline with a sharpie.

Heck I could probably drop 80 grams just peeling the logos off

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Originally Posted by Wilmingtech View Post
Not interested in cloth or real leather tape.
What's wrong with real leather ??... It's durable, comfortable, looks good, comes in many colors, what more do you want ??
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Old 06-27-21, 04:45 PM
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What's wrong with real leather ??... It's durable, comfortable, looks good, comes in many colors, what more do you want ??
Nothing really wrong with leather bar tape I just know there is a huge following of "lovers of leather" here on BF and getting them all riled up makes for an entertaining BF thread.
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I would go black tape and black sidewalls on that bike and peel off those hideous HED wheel stickers. Or possibly go with red tape to match the Ridley logo.
I think matching tyre sidewall to bar tape is going to be a never-ending and frustrating experience.
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Originally Posted by Wilmingtech View Post
Believe it or not a Google search only represents about 60% of what is in the world around you.
If we're just making up statistics, I'm gonna say that google represents about 100% of what is for sale in the world around you, and that is what you were asking about.

On that bike, you ought to be going with black sidewalls and red or white bar tape. Bonus: all of that stuff is very easy to find.
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Old 06-27-21, 07:21 PM
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If we're just making up statistics, I'm gonna say that google represents about 100% of what is for sale in the world around you
A quick Google search couldn't confirm my stats, eh? And now it's assumed if its not on the first page of a Google search it mustn't be true?

Not into the red tape. Black sidewalls lack creativity. Maybe I should go yellow bar tape and blue tires...
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Red/Black 'splash' tape. Really good match with the bike and Ridley logo colors, might also go good with the beige sidewalls on the tires (although all-black would look even better).
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I don't think that tape works, regardless of sidewall.

Agree, although I don't think the tape OR tanned sidewalls work on that bike. Each to their own though I guess.
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A tan colored tape to match the tires will turn the bike from ugly to fugly. If you fell the need for light tape, white will at least look pro. As much as I like tan/gumwalls, not on that bike. Not with those wheels, either. Black tape/tires and lose the HED decals.

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After looking again, the easiest thing to do would be to cover the Ridley decals with black tape. The Ridley decals are clashing with your vison/look ideas. If you're committed to the Ridley decals, maybe try some dark brown/reddish gummies like the Conti Gran Prix Classic.

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I think the whole bike should be murdered out: black seat, black tape, black tires, black rims, black hardware. Make the Ridley decal pop, instead of compete.
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As a concept, I’m not feelin’ the matching of bar tape to sidewalls; the basis for the practice is so fleetingly temporal it seems silly. Sure, have a stylistic theme, but basing it on the most consumable thing on the bike doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. But then, I’m a tire geek and tend to change them often just to see what’s good in rubber.

My suggestion would be to pick up on the grey or red— obviously the OP wants some flair here, and basic black ain’t doin’ that— being careful not to go too strong with the red, because, well, black/red is quite trite, isn’t it?

I can recommend taking a look at Ciclovation tapes based on my experience with with the Advanced Leather Touch and Premium Halo Touch tapes, Maybe the ALT Magma offers the right balance for this bike:


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Never occurred to me match the bar tape to the tires, guess all my bikes would have black tape then.
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Match the bar tape to the saddle not the tire sidewalls
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