Once you have chosen your bike, the next best thing is to personalise it, making it suitable for your ride and your tastes. Cyclists dress their bike up in many different ways, and because of this, there is a wide range of bar tape across many brands to cater for the individual. At JE James we have a great selection to choose from. You will find various colours, as vibrant or discreet as you like. Many patterns, so you can stand out or match your tape with your attire. Whilst being aesthetically pleasing, a bar tape that is bright or bold will also make your bike a little more visible, which will only ever be a good thing. There are also different material finishes such as gloss, foam, cork to velvet. You will find anything from retro to race ready tape. The material used can make quite a difference to how your handlebars will look and feel. It can enhance your grip and comfort during different weather conditions, meaning you can control your bike confidently.
Bar Tape can be quite thick or race thin, there are thickness variations to choose from such as low-profile tape (1.5mm-1.8mm thickness) to 2mm-2.5mm in thickness and Extra-thick tape (3mm and more). The extra thick tape can come into its own for special applications such as Paris-Roubaix surfaces, or gravel bikes when protecting your palms from rough surface is crucial. However, the thicker tapes can be great for dampening road vibrations and any bumps along the way even when on smooth tarmac. And finally, personal ergonomics may also be a reason why you need thinner or thicker bar tape to improve the fit and feel of your bike. Whether you're looking to race or take it easy on the road you will find the best bar tape for you.