Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads

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Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads
Absorb shock and vibration the cheap and easy way with our reuseable Nashbar Handlebar Tape Gel Pads.
  • Gel material softens vibrations to save your palms
  • Place them under the tape of your favorite bar positions, tops, drops, flats, or hooks
  • Adhesive backing holds pad in place while taping up the bars
  • Set of 4
Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads
  • WEIGHT 48g
  • MATERIAL Gel
  • Rating 3.5

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Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads
 
3.3

(based on 12 reviews)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (8)
  • Easy to install (6)
  • Does not slip (3)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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2.0

Doesn't seem to do much

By EricL

from Reno NV

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        Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

        Meh....

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Too narrow & don't curve

        By tcochi

        from Western Mass

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        Pros

        • Comfortable

        Cons

        • Causes Numbness
        • Slips On Bar

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

          The pads are too narrow and short, resulting in an oval shape under the tape that actually causes more pressure on your palms. They also do not follow the curve in the bars, making them very hard to position.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Just go with grip tape

          By CrispyQ

          from Youngstown, OH

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

          • Rubber Wears Easily

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

          They worked really well for about a week then the stickiness wore off and they began falling out. I would just recommend getting standard tape.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          These Are A Bargain And Work Well

          By JD Of NSC

          from Boston, MA

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          Pros

          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Wider Would Be Better

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

          I am a home mechanic that wraps many people's bars and everyone loves the results these make. The comments about slippage indicates some people aren't wrapping tight enough and it is not the tape pads causing it as I get no slippage but I wrap tight as even without pads a loose wrap will slip on you. Yes, when I was a beginner I wrapped too loose and then learned to wrap tight. If you locate the pad at the point of contact properly of your hands the narrow pad is not a problem in my experience. I also found you must cut the pads at an angle to make the bar curve and the gel stays in place. I use 1 1/2 pads per side to get the curve done and don't bother with the drops as I know no one who spends time there. That leaves me with an extra pad so use 3 sets for four bikes, that is $6 per bike so how can you go wrong? Blows away Aztec wrap as it is just cheap closed cell foam but if you want wider and curved pads then Blue Ribbon is very nice and arguably worth their premium price. Fizik gel pads are also a nice curved design if you want a more minimalist thickness. Note that the Cinelli gel pads seem identical to the Nashbar pads so the king of bar tape seems to think this design is pretty good too.

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          2.0

          Handlebar gel pads -- so so

          By Astrobike

          from Chatsworth, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

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          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

          • Poor fit
          • Requires more tape
          • Slips On Bar

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

          These handlebar gel pads were a disappointment. They tend to slip under the bar tape unless secured with electrical tape. They are also quite narrow for use on oversized bars. If they are tightly secured to the bar, the gel is compressed and does not cushion that well. If you apply the pads to both the top of the bars and to the inner curves of the drops, more than the usual amount of bar tape will be required to wrap the handlebars properly. For this reason, I ended up only applying the pads to the top of the bars since I use the drops only about 10 percent of the time while cycling. A better solution for more cushioning might be to double-tape the bars. If the pads were cylindrical with a slit through which the bars can slip through, the product may be much more effective

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          5.0

          Worth it

          By Steve

          from Tennessee

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          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

            More is more on comfort to this middle aged guy with some arthritus. It takes a little numbmess out of my hand and shoulder.

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            4.0

            soft ride

            By Kman

            from Pittsburgh

            About Me Commuter

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Does Not Slip
            • Easy To Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

                Not great for bends/curves on the handlebars, but works well on the straight parts. (I was hesitant to try cutting them)

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Prevent Hand Numbness

                By DP

                from Charlotte, NC

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                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

                  I used these on drop style handlebars on a road/touring bike that I rode cross country. I had previous issues with hand numbness on long rides and these solved my problem. Use some strips of electrical tape to hold them down in addition to the self backed adhesive before overwrapping with handlebar tape to prevent movement. I used these on the top curve of the handlebars and could ride all day without numbness and w/o gloves when in an upright position.

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                  5.0

                  Makes cycling WITHOUT GLOVES comfortable

                  By J. Skubi

                  from Fanning Springs, Gilchrist County, FL

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                  Pros

                  • Comfortable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

                      I live in Florida and having been using Nashbar gel pads in the "drops" of my road bike handlebars since they became available several years ago. I prefer to ride without gloves due to our Florida heat and these gel pads make riding in the drops quite comfortable without gloves. I have found the pads wide enough, personally.
                      I had experienced some sliding around of the pads near the bar ends after quite a few hours of riding. Now, instead of bar tape in the drops, I sleeve the gel pads with 1-1/4" heat shrink tubing then start my bar tape below the brake handles and continue up to the bar center. Heat-shrink has fully secured the pads AND the lower end of the bar tape, and you eliminate tape ridges. I greatly prefer these gel pads in the drops to one or two layers of cork tape. I have Nashbar gel pads on 3 of 4 of my road bikes. I am a fitness rider, early retiree, 80 to 100 road miles per week.

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                      4.0

                      Very Good Shock Absorbing Pad

                      By Cougar 9000

                      from Kent Ohio

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                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Does Not Slip
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Biking

                        Comments about Nashbar Handlebar Tape Pads:

                        Even with the width factor this is still probably the best product of its kind, in my opinion.I wrapped my handlebars with a light weight electrical tape & then applied the NB Gel Pads tight against each other to create a wider grip surface. Another light wrap of electrical tape over the pads followed by Profile Design handlebar tape has created a secure, padded grip for over 2500 miles so far.

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