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Made in: Philly

product code: GT1


Philly Bar Tape (sold one roll at a time)

It's a new brand, Newbaum's ("baum" doesn't mean "brand"), and it's made by Philadelphians and dyed with earth-friendly dyes. Compared to Tressostar, let's see:

Newbaum's:19.05mm (3/4-in.) So close enough.

Tressostar: 8.5 feet
Vivian: 8.25 feet
Newbaum's: 10 feet. Longer stubs!

The weight is the same. It's a V-weave, not a W-weave. Tresso and Yvette have both. No biggie there. It wraps easily and looks great

The real news is that it even exists. It's 201x, and all the news is bad or high tech. But there's this tape mill in Philadelphia, out from nowhere they show up with bar tape. And they did a great job of it, even, horrors, without our input.

We can now boast or hang our heads in embarrassment knowing that we have way too friggin' many colors and brands of cotton bar tape. But at this stage it's good to encourage the newcomer, and so we're stocking it. Three brands, more than thirty-five colors, many of them nearly identical but nearly isn't exactly.

Each one can be shellacked, and whether you go with clear or amber, the resulting color will vary, so all in all---more than 100 variants are possible. This is no good, but it is not terrible. Don't marry any color. Try a few, change around, see what you like, mix 'em up! The pics above showing clear and amber shellac are with only one coat of shellac. The more layers of shellac you do the more the colors will change; have fun with it.

Newbaum's has some colors new to us: A Kelly green (called "Grassy"), a plum (eggplant), maroon, a slightly brighter yellowy green (lime green), a blue that's almost periwinkle, the best elephant grey I've seen, 80's hot pink, and then some more familiars. Oddly, no white, but we have that in other colors, and white bar tape means you're trying to be like Eddy Merckx, and if that's the case you probably insist on Tressostar (oops, Newbaum's does have a White sorry).

We say try some of this new Philly tape. Don't overthink it; just wrap it on, twine it off, shellac it if you like, and ride like Tonto!

At least two rolls of Tresso and Viva tape are needed for bars up to 44cm wide; three rolls if your bars are 46cm or wider.

Only two rolls of Newbaum's are needed for even the widest bars since the tape is so long.

New colors for fall 2014: Khaki, Dark Grey, Burnt Orange.

Light Pink no longer available and discontinued.
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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 11   Write a review.

  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Cloth handlebar tape without tears April 13, 2015
Reviewer: Jeffrey Austin from Davis, CA United States  
Before using Newbaums I'd always assumed one cloth handlebar tape was the same as another.  Turns out I was wrong: Newbaums is much less hassle to wrap than other brands.

Cotton tape is not stretchy, and takes some patience to wrap evenly, without wrinkles.  For reasons that are are obscure, Newbaums is much easier to get a good wrap with.  The most obvious difference is that Newbaums' adhesive is exceptionally sticky.  To me it also feels a little thicker and more textured than other brands, but I haven't verified this carefully.

If you're not used to cloth tape, it's less cushy than cork or EVA.  Some find it more comfortable, some less.  Aesthetically, it makes the bars look slender and graceful.  I prefer not to shellac the tape, but let it  acquire an aged, weathered look to match my own.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
You'll Never Want to Take it Off! February 2, 2015
Reviewer: Jeremy Dearing from Saint Ann, MO United States  
I have the maroon color on my Atlantis. I re-wrapped one side when changing the stem, when I moved the bars from my Bridgestone to the Riv. Clear shellac and greasy hands make it look like a deep reddish brown. I went from bar ends to downtube shifters and had to cut the housing out from under the tape, but I just twined it tight and shellac'd the heck out of it. Wonder how long I can make it last?

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
great stuff December 29, 2014
Reviewer: Dirt P from College Station, TX United States  
Love this stuff.  It's the only wrap I use now.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
dark blue June 26, 2014
Reviewer: Tom Longhofer from Andover, KS United States  
I really liked the tape and it was easy to wrap. My only compliant is that the dark blue faded to gray fairly fast. I would buy it again, though.

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  3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Misuse June 12, 2014
Reviewer: Captain Conway Bennett from Chicago, IL United States  
Did you know it takes 6 rolls to wrap a ship's wheel?

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