Newbaums cloth bar tape is our favorite over here but I’ll be the first to admit that unless you wrap it twice, it can be a bit thin for off-road bicycles. So when they announced their new cushioned bar tape this week, we had to order a few rolls to try them out. Head over to Newbaums to check out the color offerings and get on over to your local dealer to order a roll.
With NAHBS approaching – this weekend! – one of my favorite features to photograph are the unique touches that make the bikes of the show, show bikes. While not everyone can afford a crazy titanium fatbike with bends for days, or a carbon road bike that weighs only 12 lbs, that doesn’t mean we can’t accessorize our bikes to look like a balleur show bike.
Leh Cycling Goods is a leathersmith, based in Texas, that makes custom saddles, bar tape, and other cycling accessories, but what makes Leh different from the others is his ready-made stock, including leather-clad saddles! I’ve been using two of Leh’s products on my Speedvagen OD OG-1 and they really bring this bike’s whole package up a few notches… Check out more below.
Leh Cycling Goods makes leather cycling products in Austin, TX, including a selection of bar tapes. Naturally, the design I gravitated to was the camo pattern. This tape comes in plain, stitched or perforated and stitched. If camo’s not your thing, check out their other colors too at Leh Cycling Goods. If you want something custom, they do that too!
The guys at Manual for Speed have just restocked their popular Space Tape in three colors: black, pink and turquoise. Basically, something for everyone. Except you people who roll with all-white bar tape. Also restocked is the newest permutation of the Speed Tee. This round, leave the bright colors behind. It’s time for all-black!
See the full restock at Manual for Speed.
The work of Ana Benaroya is unique to say the least. We’ve seen her custom Cinelli track bike and her socks already, but her Cyclops Bar Tape is by far my favorite in Cinelli’s artist collaboration series yet. See more at the Winged Store. Don’t forget to see her cycling cap as well!
Back during NAHBS this bar tape was featured on the LOW MK1 road bike and now it’s made its way to the Cadence web shop.
The Motion Bar Tape uses Dustin Klein’s design, is padded, with anti-slip coating and comes with reflective Cadence bar end plugs. Head over to Cadence for more information.
For 2015, Cinelli has a few new tape models hitting the shelves, along with two key collaborations with Mash and Red Hook Crit. Both the Chubby and Fluo tapes look great, but you can’t go wrong with the Mash Parallax design either! All of these new tape models are currently in stock at the Cinelli Winged Store. See more information below.
ESI has been making grips in the good ol’ US of A since 1999. Their silicone grips are my absolute favorite for a MTB bar – easy on, easy off with a four to six month lifespan. They’re tacky in the rain and offer plenty of grip through sweaty hands or gloves. While just about everyone will have nothing but positive things to say about the ESI grips, I’d never heard of their RCT Bar Tape before.
Dubbed RCT for “road, cross, triathlon”, this bar tape is re-usable since silicon is tacky enough without the use of adhesive. You can pull it hard and get it a bit thinner than it’s shown here, but I actually like the thickness, especially on a cross bike that gets ridden on trails. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t crawl around on the bars like other tapes do.
So far, I’ve had it for a few weeks and it’s taken its share of spills without showing any wear or tear. Time will tell how long it’ll last, or if it will replace my other favorite bar tapes – Fizik and Lizard Skin – but for now, I’m excited to have ESI products on my MTB and cross bikes.
You can see just how thick this stuff is by looking at the photos below. Head over to ESI for more information!
Richard teased me with this yesterday but I had no idea it’d be available today! Available in an array of colors, this RS embossed Cinelli bartape was made in limited numbers, so head over to Richard Sachs to get a few rolls.
Am I crazy to think that “#ATMO” bar tape would also sell really well?
Mick Peel at Busyman really did an incredible job on this Fizik Vesta saddle and accessories. This bird is flying to Portland to make its way on a Cielo. Hopefully we’ll see photos of the complete bike!
Check out more at Busyman Bicycles.
Before you get all excited, this is just the first run of samples, taken from Richard’s Facebook. House Industries and Sachs spent a lot of time working on the design. I think it looks awesome and can’t wait to see it all muddy at cross races, hopefully this year. Head over to the ATMO FB for more.
*edit, Richard posted an update in the comments. The tape is 30-40 days out, so keep an eye on the Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team site.
Those are two pieces I’d love to have but I’d just hang the bars on my wall. Defgrip interviewed Caesy Oney from Draught Dry Goods and I found it to be a great read. Mostly because I’ve never even heard of his brand before. Seriously though, that duffel!
Man, talk about a tough contest to judge. There were over three hundred photos tagged with #HideYourBikeinPlainSight and while most of them were pretty straight forward, these two struck me as the most successful.
Kyle Abernathy’s photo was one of the only ones that took me a minute to process what was going on. Usually, I could see what people were doing in the thumbnails. They either completely covered their whole bike in foliage, or shot so wide that the bike kinda disappeared. While there were no rules, I felt that approach was too easy. This however was so simple that it worked and the whole bike frame was obscured. Natural camouflage.
Team Dream Team’s photo took an approach that a lot of people attempted: find a wall that’s the same color as your frame but adding the banana to the shot gave it depth, scale and a clever twist. Honestly, I like Team Dream Team’s photo the best out of the bunch (heh) but I really want to give the bar tape to a random person instead. Sorry Sean! Don’t worry, Sean will get something extra special in the mail…
Kyle, shoot me your address and thanks for playing everyone!
Look, camouflage is very “in” at the moment, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Easton would make a few rolls of this bar tape for promo purposes. I keep telling them to put the pattern into production but for some reason, they’re hesitant. Regardless, I managed to get my hands on a few boxes of the stuff and I want to give them away.
Want to win a free roll of this special edition Easton Cycling camo bar tape? The rules are simple. Go for a ride (in the city, the woods, gravel, dirt, mud, wherever), hide your bike in a creative way, take a photo on Instagram, tag #HideYourBikeInPlainSight (I know it’s a long one), then @ reply / follow both @Easton_Cycling and @JohnProlly.
You can add as many photos as you want…
Come Monday, I’ll pick the winner and ship you a roll!