Handlebar tape - A must for racing handlebars
Handlebars are maybe the most important contact point on your bike, so getting the right handlebar tape is crucial. There are many different types, from rubberized textile with maximum grip to deal with wet and slippery conditions, to other more natural materials like cork that are more at home on your touring bike, to cotton or leather tape for that classic racing bike look. Bar tape also comes in different thicknesses, so you can have thin lightweight tape on your racing bike, to thicker tape for your gravel bike or touring bike. Wrapping bar tape can look daunting, but with some care and a steady hand, you can wrap your bars at home and get a smooth, professional finish without a trip to the bike shop.