Handlebar Tape

As the name suggests, handlebar tape is wrapped around drop-bar road bike handlebars to provide cushioning and grip. Many cyclists don’t put much thought into which type of handlebar tape to buy however choosing the right type and materials can significantly improve the comfort of your ride.

The hardened professionals generally prefer a thinner type bar tape (around 1.5mm-1.8mm) to maximise their ‘connection’ or feel with the road, however for most cyclists, thicker tape between 2mm-2.5mm is better as it reduces the amount of impact on your hands and wrists when riding over uneven surfaces.

In regards to materials, you should opt for bartape made out of high-grade synthetic cork with waterproof adhesive backing to ensure that the tape remains securely in place once applied.