NOTES FROM THE RACK – UPGRADE WITH A HANDLE-BAR RE-WRAP!

Refresh Your Bike with New Handle Bar Tape

Of all the bike maintenance I find myself doing, whether at the shop or at home, wrapping bars is by far my favorite. It’s the nice finishing touch to make your bike look awesome, and you can go with any color you want, from classic black to lime green.
 
New bar tape is refreshing. It’s like buying a new pair of shoes after riding your old pair relentlessly through the sun, snow, and rain.  Old tape can get pretty gross because nothing protects it from the elements and sweaty palms. And if the tape is anything other than black, the grossness is even more visible. I love the feeling of stripping away miles of dirt, sweat, and sometimes tears – leaving bare aluminum, steel, or carbon exposed and waiting to be wrapped.
 
I’ve used a lot of bar tape, but I keep going back to Fizik. Unlike natural cork (which can be a good choice) you can pull the Fizik microtex tape HARD without any risk of tearing – to get a nice, tight wrap. Fizik bar tape is a bit thinner than natural or synthetic cork tapes, but it’s nothing a pair of  gel gloves won’t remedy. If you want something a bit more plush under your hands, Fizik also makes a gel underwrap. The microtex (a sort of synthetic leather feeling material) is also super easy to clean. The tape comes in a large array of colors to fit your – and your bike’s – personality. The perforated look also adds a classy touch.
     -Simon
 
The Bike Rack is a full service independent bicycle dealer located at 1412 Q street NW in Washington, DC.
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About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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