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Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:06 pm
by Lots of steel bikes
Is it my imagination but is bar tape extremely expensive for what it is? I bought a nice set of bars at at the Brisbane swap meet (thanks Gav) and it got me thinking. The bar tape will cost me more than the bars! If I bought $300 carbon bars the $20 cost of tape would be in proportion but way out of proportion for vintage bars. Am I looking at this all wrong?

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:09 pm
by rkelsen

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:20 pm
by Clydesdale Scot
or cloth tape if it is an older bike

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:59 pm
by gururug
Leather baby, nothing beats the feel. Re-usable too.

TCO taken into consideration, it's pretty cheap.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:06 pm
by ldrcycles
Bearing in mind that the tape is brand new and the bars are 20 or 30 (or more) yrs old. I got some Velo brand leather look stuff from the LBS for $15 each, not bad stuff.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:46 pm
by Mrfenejeans
My Fizik bar tape cost around $20-30, has been on my bike for 3months and 4200km's and looks like the day i bought it. Cant really complain about the cost.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:50 am
by redrover3
Or, if you are a bit of a tight____ like me, $2.66 for cork tape delivered from Hong Kong. Will tell you what the quality is like when it arrives. It's been three weeks now.
Tony

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:39 pm
by Lots of steel bikes
redrover3 wrote:Or, if you are a bit of a tight____ like me, $2.66 for cork tape delivered from Hong Kong. Will tell you what the quality is like when it arrives. It's been three weeks now.
Tony


Will be keen to hear how it is. You couldn't get much cheaper than that.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:36 am
by BurtO
I just got some of that $2.66 bar tape from Honkers, and its not bad, no sticky on the back but does the job fine. I'll be buying it again for my resto's.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:50 am
by BRLVR.v2
redrover3 wrote:Or, if you are a bit of a tight____ like me, $2.66 for cork tape delivered from Hong Kong. Will tell you what the quality is like when it arrives. It's been three weeks now.
Tony

No adhesive backing, no brake lever patches, and the thickness of a sanitary pad. I use it on bikes I build to flip. Fubar is good and cheapish on ebay lO

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:21 am
by Dan
redrover3 wrote:Or, if you are a bit of a tight____ like me, $2.66 for cork tape delivered from Hong Kong. Will tell you what the quality is like when it arrives. It's been three weeks now.
Tony


I like to use long strips of chux finished off with electrical tape. Keeps your hands clean, too.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:35 pm
by cray-
diggerdantheman wrote:
redrover3 wrote:Or, if you are a bit of a tight____ like me, $2.66 for cork tape delivered from Hong Kong. Will tell you what the quality is like when it arrives. It's been three weeks now.
Tony

I like to use long strips of chux finished off with electrical tape. Keeps your hands clean, too.

Chux? Ooooooer you fancy brand name hipster. I use paper towels stolen from public bathrooms and adhere it with used chewing gum found on the bottom of park benches.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:52 pm
by wqlava1
BurtO wrote:I just got some of that $2.66 bar tape from Honkers, and its not bad, no sticky on the back but does the job fine. I'll be buying it again for my resto's.


I used some double sided tape that I had in the shed about a half inch wide, one piece on the top of the drop tubing going from the end of the bar up to the start of the hood, and another from where the bar tape will finish in the centre back across the top almost to the side of the hood. And of course same the other side. It seemed to give a bit of extra cushioning. Definitely enough to keep it in place for a couple of thousand km so far.

It seems pretty cheap and nasty when you first work out it's got no built in sticky, but it lasts reasonably well.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:21 pm
by Dan
cray- wrote:
diggerdantheman wrote:
redrover3 wrote:Or, if you are a bit of a tight____ like me, $2.66 for cork tape delivered from Hong Kong. Will tell you what the quality is like when it arrives. It's been three weeks now.
Tony

I like to use long strips of chux finished off with electrical tape. Keeps your hands clean, too.

Chux? Ooooooer you fancy brand name hipster. I use paper towels stolen from public bathrooms and adhere it with used chewing gum found on the bottom of park benches.


I'd do same, but thrifted chewing gum comes in handy when refining the pencil moustache...

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:59 pm
by Wal42
Not sure where you guys are looking?

I have a roll of genuine Benotto bar tape coming from Europe & it's only costing just over $20, don't know why you lot think it's so dear?

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:05 pm
by Lots of steel bikes
Wal42 wrote:Not sure where you guys are looking?

I have a roll of genuine Benotto bar tape coming from Europe & it's only costing just over $20, don't know why you lot think it's so dear?

Proportionally dear. And I'm tight!

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:23 pm
by Wal42
Just looking through eblag-

Cinelli cork tape $22 delivered

Sram Supercork tape $17.50 delivered

Colnago padded cork tape $32 delivered

Deda deluxe vented cork tape $32 delivered

Prologo plain touch tape $20 delivered

BBB bar tape $12 delivered

No-name from Hong Kong or China (there's lot's of them) under $3 delivered


Fark, you guys must be tighter than a fishes rectum. :lol:

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:05 pm
by ldrcycles
Just FYI, 'Clarks' branded cork bar tape is rubbish, got some from the LBS a few months back for $15 or thereabouts, it's thin and very hard.

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:25 am
by Dan
ldrcycles wrote:Just FYI, 'Clarks' branded cork bar tape is rubbish, got some from the LBS a few months back for $15 or thereabouts, it's thin and very hard.


try the chux Lochie - I was only half joking...

Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:38 am
by Pravda
Got fizik white tape on mine but its lasted 9 months for $27 outlay. Worth it in the end if you ask me. Easy to clean too. Still looks brand new.

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Re: Cost of bar tape

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:52 pm
by morini
Just ordered 5 different types for less than $20. Should be here by Christmas.