Is Bar Tape SO Expensive?
I guess when you work in an industrial equipment store, there are just so many alternatives for the regular cork & synthetics / cloth / leather options. And seeing as the availability of these alternatives could be seen as one of the perks of the job (i.e. free , provided that the boss doesn’t catch you smuggling them out), you’d just have to try them all, wouldn’t you?
Like this guy in Osijek earlier this month:
There was something odd about the bar tape, so I got a little closer…
Those brake levers are cool - I had ones just like them on the Dawes Lightning I had in my early teens. But there’s definitely something odd about the "tape" on the handlebars…
Reinforced plastic tubing?! Surely that can’t be very comfortable - all sweaty in the summer, and with all those ridges pressing into your hands. Unless the rider is one of those bike-fettishists, and the handlebars are ribbed for extra pleasure . . . ?