Lizard Skins ...
OK, I took the plunge on some black Fizik Solocush Tacky Bar Tape which was on sale at Competitive Cyclist:
How could it do anything for me yet? I just ordered it.And what say you RE Fizik Tape ? Come out with it , need we ask?
Did it solve your numb hand issues? Huh?
And your point?BTW I love my Fizi:k R5 Road Shoes. Love their style and fit.
...er but I don't think you ride road shoes... so you wouldn't understand.
er.. ok I missed your " just plunged " part with the tape... my bad.How could it do anything for me yet? I just ordered it.
And your point?
Black.(What color did you get)?
I considered this one and the pattern on it is really cool, but saw some not so nice reviews about lack of padding and durability.Supacaz handle bar tape
When it comes to padding, I like a moderate amount, but more isn't better. I have had bar tape that actually had too much padding for my taste. There was a feeling of lack of control with it. 2.5mm or thereabout is the sweet spot. 3mm or more is too much.If you like padded - Bontrager gel cork and double gel cork are nice options. Very durable and comfortable.
I use Cinelli cork tape on all my steel bikes because that is what nature intended. Last time I re-taped I tried the Cinelli cork gel tape; I have to say its a bit more comfy. I don't like to admit it, but I have used the Bontrager gel cork once or twice when Cinelli was not available. It works well alsoCinelli cork ribbon. And yes, this thread needs to be in "Components, Wrenching" and Lombard needs to be given a time out.
OK PrairieBoy,er.. ok I missed your " just plunged " part with the tape... my bad.
About your hand numb issue... that's not tape related... That's fit related.
About FiZiK Road Shoes ... Don't think you got that on your radar. You don't ride their road shoes...do you?
I like their products. Never tried the bar tape.
But please do, show/tell your Fizik bar tape review.
(What color did you get)?
Hmmm. I've never tried double wrapping for the reason it would make the bars too thick for my taste - which is what happened when I tried 3.5mm tape once. I felt that the thickness reduced the feeling of control. I have the curse of small hands and big feet. Not sure how I got that mutant gene.Point #3, OP/ErnieWTF, I've loved Lizard Skins on my road bike for several years. But it never lasted a season. I've been using double-wrapping on my gravel and MUT bikes for a long time, just using Bontager gel tape, gives me plenty cushiness. And when you put the second layer on, you may have to stretch the tape quite a bit to have enough tape for the second wrap. I wrapped my road bike bars last fall with a single layer of gel tape, and I really want a second layer. 31.8mm bars aren't 'fat' enough, and I don't have monster hands either.
To be more clear, I am using MSW EVA tape right now and I really like it. It has worn well, but its time has come to replace it. Well, no matter where I look, the MSW product has been discontinued.
So what am I looking for? Something with reasonable wear, comfort (2.5mm) and grip.....you know, everything a good bar tape has.
So I just want to get an idea of what people here use, what they like and what sucks. That's all.
Does anybody think the high end tapes from companies like Fizik and Lizard Skins are worth the $40 price tag, or are they just hype.