Brooks Perforated Leather Bar Tape

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Brooks Perforated Leather Bar Tape
Keep it natural and old-school with some fine English leather. Brooks Perforated Leather Bar Tape is so soft, so supple, and so comfortable that you may never go back to the fake stuff.
  • Leather bar tape lasts and lasts
  • Includes end plugs and finishing tape
Brooks Perforated Leather Bar Tape
  • WEIGHT Not provided
  • MATERIAL Leather
  • Rating 4.5

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Brooks Perforated Leather Bar Tape
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (3)
  • Road biking (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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5.0

This is the good stuff.

By AllTheCatsEver

from Providence, Rhode Island

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Pros

  • Class As All Hell
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking
    • Touring

    Comments about Brooks Perforated Leather Bar Tape:

    This stuff is thinner than the typical foam or cork tape, but it also doesn't compress as much. It's more comfortable on hot days, and as it breaks in more/conforms more to the bars, it just keeps looking nicer.
    It's tougher to work with than the foam stuff, but it's worth it.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Simply the BEST!

    By Old Hippie

    from St. Louis, MO.

    About Me Commuter

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    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking
    • Touring

    Comments about Brooks Perforated Leather Bar Tape:

    I couldn't disagree with a previous review more. After almost 5 years & nearly 5,000 miles, my touring bike was overdue for an overhaul. The ONLY reason the bar wrap got replaced was due to the routing of brake & shift cables/housings. The touring bike has bar end shifters – meaning everything is routed under the bar wrap.

    The one & only drawback to leather is, once it's off, it's difficult to get back on & still have that factory fresh look – especially after 4 years & 9 months. Thus, it was also time to replace the handlebar wrap.

    Also unlike a previous review, I upgraded another bike from 'lookalike' leather to REAL Brooks leather. That bike did have Shimano STI (Sora) shifters. And no…the wooden bar end plugs did NOT crack, split or break off. If in doubt, simply go to your local bike shop & get some different bar end plugs.

    REAL leather bar wrap is simply the most comfortable & longest lasting stuff that'll ever caress your drop down style handlebar – period – exclamation point!

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    Quality Looking Bar Tape With Some Glaring Flaws

    By UKFan4Sure

    from Louisville, KY

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Feel
    • Looks
    • Looksfeels Of Quality
    • Quality

    Cons

    • Bar End Plugs
    • Poor Construction
    • Unsightly Joining Seams

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking
    • Wall Hanging Show Pieces

    Comments about Brooks Perforated Leather Bar Tape:

    I purchased this to match the B17 seat I purchased. I pondered the purchase due to the expense; was it really worth the cost vs. some other options?

    First off, it was packaged very well but lacked any instructions for the installation. I assume Brooks believes if you don't know, go get it installed professionally. Well, that's not in my vocabulary. So I did it myself to great satisfaction but not without some confusion.

    Secondly, one of my hesitancies was the fact I read that the bar end plugs were very fragile and the slightest bump would break them off. Well guess what? I hadn't even gotten in my first real ride with the new tape installed when my knee hit one of the plugs while mounting the bike. My new broken bar end plug hit the ground rolling away like it was on a prison break. Come on Brooks, is it a British thing that some things MUST be designed so horribly bad that everyone KNOWS it must be British product? When the proud designer of these plugs was standing there admiring these after an installation, someone should have walked up and thumped it with their finger just to watch the shocked horror....

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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