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Hi all, has anyone experience in putting tape on carbon road bars?
I bought a mate some beautiful carbon road bars for his 40th. They have moulded finger grooves on the flats for grip and his question is, how should these bars be taped / what kind of tape, so as not to lose the contouring of the bars, especially features such as the finger grooves?
Dont they get slippery without any taping, or are you not spending that long on the tops? I just put a set of ITM wing bars on my roadie, and taped them all the way along to the centre. Will get a chance to test them this weekend.
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I taped my carbon bars all the way up too. I think it looks good, although you can't see the carbon any more. I can't post any pictures yet (under 10 posts), but I'm sure other members here could, to show you what theirs look like.
I haven't got the tops tapes. I don't find them slippery at all - but always wear gloves, never ride in the rain, and am not a sweaty girl. Perhaps some would be affected by the slip factor.
I prefer the non-taped look now that I am used to it.
I dont hold the bars at the top ever and yes I like the carbon look.
I also wear gloves and the funny thing is Im not a sweaty girl either
Walk a mile in my shoes and you will probably get blisters with these DAMB cleats.
Okay, thanks for all the experiences and ideas, now for the next related question...
...mounting the lights and computer.
I have seen bolt on / screw on mounts that look like a short section of bar tube that sits ahead of your bars to mount "extras" onto.
Has anyone any recommendations for a particular type or source for light and computer mounting points for bars which are not round?
My bike came with carbon aero bars, and the centres of the bar have not been taped up. The taping would be about the same as others have described it.
I don't want to hijack this thread, but what does everybody do about a bell and reflectors......do they make the mounts in an oversize to go on the aero bars.
I was stopped once by the police and they walked around my flat bar bike checking to see if I had all the bits installed. I know if you have a light on the front a reflector is not needed.....but I am sure you need a bell.
Ayup lights fit, but they are expensive. I'm still unable to post links or pics, but if you go to the ayup website and click on mounting, you might get some ideas.
Julien, I think Cateye and TranzX do what you're after, IIRC Kalgrm and Hotdog both use similar devices on their 'bents.
Brakepad, the law requires an "audible warning device", not necessarily the insipid tinklers that peds are programmed to ignore. I'm a fan of a big "OY!" or "Excuse me" depending on the situation, tho' the Airzounds does look cool...
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
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