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.
The Bike Rack is a full service independent bicycle dealer located at 1412 Q street NW in Washington, DC.