|Tasks for a Spring Rain|
Woke up to a soft rain falling from a leaden sky this morning, pattering down for hours, somewhat unusual for Phoenix although not unknown in the Spring. This was my trigger to perform some routine maintenance: brakes, chain, bar tape, on Yasuko my daily commuter. The brakes and chain were the usual stuff, so I'll just briefly go over the latest bar taping.
Recently, limom mentioned Planet Bike comfort cork gel tape, which shows that great minds think alike, as I had recently purchased some for myself in preparation for either a) the day that the existing tape grew so gnarly that I had no choice but to replace it, or b) something else besides catastrophic failure, like a soft Spring rain, induced me to do some basic maintenance. Although I wonder what catastrophic bar tape failure would look like.
At first, I was considering leaving the old Cinelli cork tape on and just double taping over the top of it. Since it was the rain and not the gnarly that caused me to replace it, the tape was still in decent shape. I was considering double taping to see if that approach would make my massive gorilla-like paws more comfortable holding onto the bars. I seldom wear gloves on my commute, unless it's freakishly cold here, so two layers of tape seemed to be something I might want to try.
Checking around the inter-blogs, though, I came across a few people who suggested putting a strip of tape across the top of the bars, and taping over that. I gave that a try, using a strip of the old Cinelli tape across the bar, and winding the comfort cork gel tape over the top. The results look and feel good, better than the old single layer, which I had also put on a little unevenly, and I'll probably report back in a few weeks once I have had a chance to try out commuting with this set up.
Now, after maintenance, the rain has stopped, and the streets are starting to dry. The birds are singing. The bikes are tuned up. Hmmm, what would the next logical step be? Get up. Go ride.
UPDATE!! Now with wrapped bar picture!!!