Initial Reaction: Brooks White Leather Bar Tape Jan 10, 2011

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Last week I ripped the shit out of my bar tape and started to contemplate a replacement brand. I have been using Ambrosia wrap for a few months and wanted something with more tactility. I wanted something white and perforated but with a good amount of grip. After seeing the Brooks Leather Bar Tape around, I figured I’d give it a try.

Check out the finished product below.

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I was impressed at how well it pulled to the bars. Since I don’t use the cheater strip, I do a criss-cross wrap around the hoods. Turns out , there’s just enough tape in the roll to cover each side with the tapered ends meeting perfectly at the bar clamp.

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The final product is quite nice but that’s not without critique. While I think it’s a nice touch for Brooks to taper the roll on each end, most people (myself included) would rather cut it ourselves.

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There’s also a seam, mid-roll that you have to watch for. Don’t pull too hard or you’ll end up splitting the tape in two pieces. It wasn’t an issue for me but I thought it’d be best to point it out.

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So my initial reaction is a plus. It’s grippy and well padded. It pulls well and looks great. The cork bar ends are a nice touch and finally, someone supplies some nice finishing tape with their product. The Brooks Leather Bar Tape is perfect for a city, track, road or touring bike. In fact, I’ll be putting this on my Geekhouse Woodville!

  • http://www.ridetheblackline.com K

    Nice! I’m gonna need to replace my San Marco white leather tape soon and I was thinking of getting a roll of Brooks.

    You gonna shellac it? I’ve got a few layers on mine. Makes the hand grime easier to wipe off but also adds a touch of yellowing to the pure white.

  • Mitch

    whats the price on this stuff?

  • shane

    Brooks Bar Tape Rules!

    Once small gripe however, those bar ends (lovely though they are) inevitably snap off after about a week and either have to be glued back on or replaced with either actually corks or more sturdy caps.

  • http://www.bikecommuters.com Ghost Rider

    As my friend Russ experienced, Brooks tape turns from classy to “zombie flesh” (his words) in a short time:

    http://russroca.blogspot.com/2007/06/corkshellac-vs-dead-cow.html

  • http://acollector.tumblr.com swaggerangelo

    been using VO leather tape for a year+ without any qualms. its actually about to got on a completely different set of bars without an issue.

  • Theinfamous

    Brooks bar tape is by far the most comfortable I’ve ever used and it stands up to a lot of abuse. I’ve had the same experience with the cork bar ends as Shane has, unfortunately. Still totally worth it, and it looks great aged.

  • http://www.brooksengland.com bregan

    We have redesigned the end caps, they are much stronger now.

  • Loki

    Time was,that you could buy leather handlebar WRAP that you sewed onto the bar.  Tape is a poor substitute.

  • General Principle

    Back from the GRAVE! Any thoughts on long term durability and how dirty they get?