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$5.00
Made in: Philly


Availability: eta yellow, mid Aug?
product code: GT1


  

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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:

Width:
Tressostar:19.5mm
Viva:19.5mm
Newbaum's:19.05mm (3/4-in.) So close enough.

Length:
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.



Light Pink no longer available and discontinued.
Handlebar Wrap and Twine


Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 8   Write a review.

  1 of 1 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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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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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
Lovely tape, can be re-used. May 2, 2013
Reviewer: Michael from United States  
Pretty. Great feel to the hands. I love it. Looks great with twine. Those materials compliment each other well.

I have rewrapped with this tape.
First re-wrap is great.
Second and third rewrapping starts to be stretched outta shape as best as I can tell and harder to wrap flat and nice.

No cush. Feels like just cloth over a bare handle bar.
So use some gel, or whatever you want under it if you need cush.

Dirtys up fast. But I like that beausaged look. I don't shellac.

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Tough as Nails March 18, 2013
Reviewer: Ryan from Denver, CO United States  
When shallacked, this tape is like iron.  I have big hands, but I really like the feel and texture of the cloth bar tape, even without the padding.   The texture makes it very grippy.  Plus, it's inexpensive, so if you don't like the color, you can re-do with a different color.  I much prefer this tape to the cork/gel padded tape - I bought some gloves for the longer rides.  The yellow with amber shellac matches the honey brooks saddle well.

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Great tape! November 19, 2012
Reviewer: Koula Redmond from Jacksonville, FL United States  
I bought this in eggplant for my Atlantis, and installed it on the smallest Nitto Noodle bars over existing cork tape, to keep some padding. I used some thin, neutral-colored cotton yarn I had laying around instead of twine to secure the ends, and the tutorial on YouTube makes this twine detail super easy to execute, even for someone who doesn't wrap bars often. The tape looks and feels great, and people think the color choice is wacky, but I totally love it!

FYI, when I installed this cotton tape over existing cork tape even on a narrow drop bar, there was NO extra tape to be had. If you wrap this over existing tape you'll likely have have nothing left over, so wrap conservatively.

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