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Planet Bike Comfort GEL Road Bike Handlebar Tape with Reflective Bar Plugs

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  • Soft, durable construction with GEL
  • Becomes tacky when wet for better grip
  • Highly fade and water resistant
  • UV-protected colors
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About the product:
This Planet Bike GEL Handlebar tape comes in a variety of colors so your bike looks good. The tape features soft, durable construction with GEL to ensure comfort in your hands while riding. When wet the tape becomes tacky to keep you from losing your grip in the rain. It is also fade and water resistant so you can ride rain or shine without damaging your handlebars. This tape is easy to put onto almost any handlebars and allows you to customize your bicycle with your favorite colors!

About the manufacturer:
At Planet Bike we dream about bikes.  We dream about people riding bikes: riding to work, riding to school, riding bikes to the grocery store, concerts, sporting events, coffee shops and grandma's house, too.   We also dream about the day when all cities and towns are safe and convenient places for cyclists.
The reasons that we love riding and want others to share the love are as numerous as our pedal strokes. The sport of cycling thrills us; but, for us it's equally thrilling to unlock the potential of the bicycle as a simple and efficient means of transportation. Riding in place of driving reduces air and noise pollution. It boosts endorphins and clears the head. Riding strengthens the cardiovascular system, gives you good strong legs, and burns extra calories, to boot. Besides all that, it's a whole heck of a lot of fun.
Planet Bike was born from the heart of cyclists and our goal is to create innovative products that make it easier and safer for people to ride bicycles.  The products we design are rooted in this dream.  Riding through day, night, heat, cold, rain and snow helps us come up with products that make sense, work, and are practical.

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Say no to sore hands with this handlebar tape from Planet Bike. Designed for road bikes, the tape boasts a soft, durable gel construction that becomes tacky when wet for a better grip. It's also highly fade- and water-resistant, helping it hold up to heavy use over time. And riders will love the variety of UV-protected colors, which include blue cork, white cork, orange cork, fluorescent green, celeste cork, and black cork. As with all Planet Bike products, the gel tape is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

About Planet Bike
In November of 1996, Planet Bike was founded in Madison, Wisconsin. In many ways, Planet Bike began as a social experiment that dedicated itself to doing business in a different way. Instead of being just another company that develops and sells products with profit as its end goal, Planet Bike wanted to help bring about positive change for people, their communities, and the environment.

Despite being a simple machine, the people at Planet Bike have always believed that the bicycle has great potential to help improve the world and the lives of the people in it. From the start, they have embraced an alternative corporate purpose which seeks to help get more people on bicycles by making communities friendlier places for the self-propelled. By donating 25% of company profits to causes that promote and facilitate bicycle usage, Planet Bike hopes to make an impact.

Social experiments aside, Planet Bike was born from the heart of a cyclist with a goal of making innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories. Simply put, they strive to design and develop the best bicycle products in the world. In the company's short ten year history, they have made important product innovations within the bicycle industry. Advancements include the 4-line computer which is now a standard in the industry and the world's first self-contained HID light. Not bad for a company that ten years ago started as a one man operation. Today, while still a small company, Planet Bike continues to evolve and improve their product line with the goal of always striving to build accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes. Since 1996, Planet Bike's financial support of the grassroots bicycle movement has totaled $500,000. By 2010, they have made a goal to donate $1 million to organizations that are dedicated to making America a friendlier place for cyclists.


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Planet Bike Comfort GEL Road Bike Handlebar Tape Instructions [PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000SPMNKW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,128 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Ever go to re-tape a handlebar and you just totally mess it up? I have. I admit it. Then you need to buy more handlebar tape - and do it right the second time. This stuff is VERY FORGIVING. You can bend it - stretch it - pull on it...if you goof up, simply unwind a little & start again. Just remember to wrap the left side bar clockwise starting at the bottom & working up. The right side bar - just the opposite. Start at the bottom & wrap counter-clockwise.

Very comfy also. Good stuff!
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Update 6/27/12 - Still using the same set I installed 3 years ago!
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I'm a road biker of 25 years, this is the best tape I have ever used, far better than the Bontrager tape that came with my bike. Looks good, great cushion, goes on well with plenty of length. I have only had it on a couple of months but it feels like it will last a long time.
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Color: Black Cork Verified Purchase
So this stuff.... man this stuff. I ordered this for my Felt thinking, 'Ok, people like the feel of the material and it is comfortable... I'll get it just because it is cheap and looks good, shop charges too much. Here's hoping for the best.' BOOM. I get it. First thing i notice, it is about 99.5% black (ordered the black one), the other 0.5% is raw brown speckles of cork. I like it because it is unique and is noticeable like... freckles. It appears all solid color till you get close, gives it some hidden character. So i feel it from inside the box, felt thin and spongy. Ok. So i wrap it following the instructions on the back just to be sure I'm doing it right. Keep in mind, there isn't sticky adhesive on the back. All up and down the strip though there is a grippy rubber substance (not liquid, being super clear here). It has just enough length to reach, wish there was at least 3 more inches but I'm not complaining. So then i test it. I BARELY feel the cables! So comfortable! This is some weird kind of squishy goodness! I'm so blown away! Previously i had bar gel inserts on what i think was cheaper quality wrap because it was thinner and not as spongy. Believe me, not gel is needed unless you have the hands of a newborn infant. I want to buy this in large quantities and line my bed with it it is that good!!!
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Color: Black Cork Verified Purchase
This product comes with the two rolls of handlebar tape, two 3-inch brake tape pieces, two pieces of 5-inch what looks like electrical tape, and the bar plugs. They give you plenty of handlebar tape, but not enough of the electrical tape for the finish; if you find that your taping job isn't how you'd like it, you'd better have some replacement electrical tape on hand.
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Color: Red Cork Verified Purchase
I just used this tape for the fourth time, and I will happily continue to use it in the future. I ride in all sorts of conditions, and lately a lot on rough gravel roads in the rain: My bar tape never enters my mind, which is how it should be when something so basic is functioning correctly. It's easy to apply, very forgiving if you need to un-wrap, re-wrap a few times before you get it right. I really appreciate the variety of colors. I haven't ever had hand or wrist pain issues, so I can't really judge how this might help/hurt if you are someone who does. Highly recommended.
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I usually buy white cork Michelin tape for my road bikes, but since I'm repainting one of mine light blue I wanted to wrap it in tan tape to complement the color scheme. These are a little pricier; almost twice as much as what I usually buy, but the super saver shipping offset some of the cost and it's identical to the price you'll find in any retail bike store.

Nevertheless I was pretty happy with it. This was the only offering I could find on Amazon for tan-brown tape, and it goes fairly well with gum-colored brake hoods (be careful which ones you buy, I don't recommend the Cane Creek ones mislabeled as "Dia-Compe" for sale here on Amazon). This tape feels and looks almost the same as regular cork tape, except it's much stretchier and lets you get a nice tight wrap. It's worth noting that there's no adhesive on the underside of the tape, only a sort of "rubbery tack" that grips the tape when you wrap it. Curiously though, the finishing strips do have adhesive. I wouldn't call this a drawback, but you have to be careful to wrap the tape in a clean place or keep it rolled up as much as possible or else the tack on the underside has a tendency to pick up dust and dirt. I imagine getting it dirty might mess with its grip.

So it's good tape. It's less cushiony than some, like other cork tapes, mostly because its stretchiness allowed me to wrap it tighter and thinner, but I don't mind because it lets me get a good grip. Highly recommended.
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Color: Yellow Cork Verified Purchase
It's not very remarkable, but it does what is supposed to. I used it to replace some "tape" on my dad's 1760's Shwinn Varsity, and am very pleased.
On the quality: It seems great. I don't have a whole lot of experience on the stuff, but it was very easy to put on for a couple of reasons. First off, it is stretchy, and won't tear if you pull it tight. It's actually quite difficult to stretch it to breaking point (of course you can, though). It is backed with a substance that is tacky, but not like glue. It might be the same type of stuff they stick on the bottom of cycling shorts to keep them from riding up. Anyway, it's very forgiving if you mess up.
The one thing that I have noticed is that it is starting to unwind on one side. However, this is due to the way I wrapped that side. IT IS NECESSARY TO WRAP THIS STUFF WITH THE RIGHT METHOD. Google it or something. Also, the tape they gave me was not good or long enough. Have some electrical tape ready.

About the color. I bought the yellow, which was SOLID yellow and not flaked like the red-black deal in the picture. It's nice.
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