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Old 09-16-22, 12:38 PM
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Repurposed as bar wrap.

I found a box of unused door seal at home of which I pondered, “could it be used as bar tape?”. This is Alien Seal on the chromed bars of this ‘86 Schwinn Sprint. I do very much like that it gives a confident grip.




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Old 09-16-22, 01:40 PM
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Not slippery (when wet)? I hope you place the end plugs before ridin', this is dangerous.
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Old 09-16-22, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by fabiofarelli View Post
I hope you place the end plugs before ridin', this is dangerous.
I think the bars have end plugs, just hard to see 'cause they look like chrome.

Great idea for tape!
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Old 09-16-22, 01:51 PM
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That might be a cool idea to use with strips of fabric wrapped under it. Extra cushioning and endless designs.
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Reminds me of my grandparents' living room couch.
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interesting idea! does it stay grippy when wet?
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Reminds me of my grandparents' living room couch.
Crrrecccckckckckckkk as you moved around and it adhered to any visible skin it touched.
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Ugly!
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
I think the bars have end plugs, just hard to see 'cause they look like chrome.
After a better look, I think you're right.
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Old 09-16-22, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by delbiker1 View Post
Ugly!
Don’t sugar coat it. Tell us how you really feel.
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It has end plugs in
…I get it, they’re hard to pick out in these images. A just concern, understood since childhood. Thanks.

The wet grip here seems on par with that of wetted kraton/rubber, wetted cork types, and wetted smooth eva and more open celled foams. I haven’t tried leather
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Originally Posted by nlerner;[url=tel:22649617
22649617[/url]]Reminds me of my grandparents' living room couch.
lol, not couch cover! Now you have me wanting to try bubble wrap.
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I think this would be a good base layer for a Newbaum’s cloth wrap

I Like the cushion idea but I think I would use it as a base for a double wrap with a cloth tape like Newbaum’s. I use a modern, cushy tape like Alien Wrap which is pretty inexpensive and then I wrap again with cloth tape for a more vintage look and better grip. Does not come out too bulky and it feels very comfortable.
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Ugly!
I’m torn
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Originally Posted by Sactown_Albert;[url=tel:22649677
22649677]I Like the cushion idea but I think I would use it as a base for a double wrap with a cloth tape like Newbaum’s. I use a modern, cushy tape like Alien Wrap which is pretty inexpensive and then I wrap again with cloth tape for a more vintage look and better grip. Does not come out too bulky and it feels very comfortable.
Good thought, thanks. I’ve always under-wrapped with cloth electrical tape, then twill over. This would make a good underwrap and I do have twill ordered for over this. At that point I was going to hemp the end, and swap to a different end plug expandable nitto type, without the excess pushed inside the bar to anchor it.

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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Reminds me of my grandparents' living room couch.
Gawd, I hated those things. 😖 In our family, it was Aunt Sandy's couch. And you better take off your shoes, she wanted her carpet to stay clean forever, too. 🙄😉
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Crrrecccckckckckckkk as you moved around and it adhered to any visible skin it touched.
jdawginsc,
That's not the sound that I was thinking about....but, ok, it your GM's couch makes a more civilized sound, all the better.
If it is not to slippery, as the says and he likes it why not...some may not agree with the aesthetics, but that was not the question being asked..... TETO.
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
jdawginsc,
That's not the sound that I was thinking about....but, ok, it your GM's couch makes a more civilized sound, all the better.
If it is not to slippery, as the says and he likes it why not...some may not agree with the aesthetics, but that was not the question being asked..... TETO.
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Hahahahah...

I was already thinking of artistic ways to make it cool... Go to Joanne's fabric or Michael's and cut into strips, wrap, then wrap on top. Might be cool for urban commuters or something.
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Can't imagine it stays grippy once it's raining? But I love it, looks very alien skin sci fi.
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Originally Posted by lee_lowbun View Post
Can't imagine it stays grippy once it's raining? But I love it, looks very alien skin sci fi.
Who in their right mind would ride their bike in the rain??
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Different, unique idea.

If it works and you like it👍
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Who in their right mind would ride their bike in the rain??
^^^ This guy gets it

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^^^ This guy gets it
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