Cost of bar tape

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Cost of bar tape

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:06 pm

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?
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Re: Cost of bar tape

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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:20 pm

or cloth tape if it is an older bike
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby gururug » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:59 pm

Leather baby, nothing beats the feel. Re-usable too.

TCO taken into consideration, it's pretty cheap.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby ldrcycles » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:06 pm

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.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Mrfenejeans » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:46 pm

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.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby redrover3 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:50 pm

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.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:39 pm

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.
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Will be keen to hear how it is. You couldn't get much cheaper than that.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby BurtO » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:36 am

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.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:50 am

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.
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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
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Dan » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:21 am

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

Postby cray- » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:35 am

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.
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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.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby wqlava1 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:52 pm

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.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Dan » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:21 pm

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.
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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...
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Wal42 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:59 pm

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?
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:05 pm

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!
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Wal42 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:23 pm

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:
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:05 pm

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.
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Dan » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:25 am

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...
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Re: Cost of bar tape

Postby Pravda » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:38 am

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

Postby morini » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:52 pm

Just ordered 5 different types for less than $20. Should be here by Christmas.
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