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Bar Tape grip and sweat.
 

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17506
Location: Portland, OR

7/5/19 12:52 PM

Bar Tape grip and sweat.

Damn near came of the Nago yesterday. JRA near 20 and went down for forearms on bar tops to get outta the air for a little. I did not realize how wet with sweat my forearms were. And it was like ice.

Now I do not like sticky tape, shit give me the chills like nails on a chalk board feel wise.
But wanna get that tape off those bars now. The swede Fizik I have tried sticky wise. Won't use it again, and it wore so fast it was not funny.

What all are youz guiz using for wet/sweat. It was only 82^, I expect more for the next months...

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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2615
Location: hillbilly heaven

7/5/19 1:21 PM

I once had some cyclocross tape. It was more rubbery but had really good frip. As I remember it was heavy, but that can't take priority over grip.

yesterday and today here it is low 90's bith temp and humidity. I ain't goin out in it.

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sanrensho
Joined: 20 Feb 2004
Posts: 825
Location: North Vancouver

7/5/19 1:25 PM

Are you wearing gloves? I prefer Cinelli cork ribbon or similar synthetic cork tape, but I don't have heavy moisture/sweat issues. However, I sweat enough that good (not thin) gloves are essential.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17506
Location: Portland, OR

7/5/19 2:30 PM

Yes, gloves. It was my wet fore arms on the bar tops, a position I apparently have not done while quite this warm for a bit. I hooked up with another rider on his zoot carbon, aero carbon wheels on the return. Rode with me approx 15 miles, and we were big ringing it. So making the evaporation systems run...

My ego enjoyed having him using me for drafting while on a 1985 SLX steel Colnago with low profile wheels. Not turns drafting, I'd go back to his left side for chit chat.


Good day on the bike, and good ego/vanity day. Cause I need that. ;O

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6294
Location: Maine

7/5/19 3:08 PM

Or

He probably enjoyed drafting because youíre twice as big as he is. People used to tell me they loved being on my wheel.

And if heís not taking a turn at the front....(fill in the blank).

I can never remember having my hands slip on the bar due to sweat, but Iím nearly always on the hoods and never put my forearms on the tops.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17506
Location: Portland, OR

7/5/19 3:52 PM

No, I rode him off a few times accidentally. We had about the same miles in each of us. But he was 40lb lighter and I was in my Clyde element on a miles long 2-3% down grade. Just better condition for me than him.

Just one of those better days on the bike for me.


Oddly, I don't feel like I need two days recovery. Although I have been only doing one day off or 6-10 easy between avg 30-50 miles rides. And this one was after 2 days rest.
Maybe I always need two days off now, old fart etc...

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4528
Location: Nashua, NH

7/5/19 9:07 PM

Try Cannondale Synapse tape. It's got great cushion and it's grippy without being sticky. It's also really durable and it's become my go-to tape. I use the 3mm stuff over a layer of cork, as I like a fat bar with reasonable cushion.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17506
Location: Portland, OR

7/5/19 10:51 PM

I am seeing 2.5 and 3.5 mm. I like at least 2mm myself.

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walter
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 4379
Location: metro-motown-area

7/6/19 2:45 PM

zipp service course cx tape

cushy, but not ridiculous. grippy, but not ridiculous.

level of grip is perfect for hot/humid days when you want to lay your schweddy forearms on the bar-tops and maintain a modicum of directional control

it is now my go-to-tape after a 3 decades of cinelli cork.

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