Putting on a new roll of bar tape can bring a bike to life again. You know the feeling, improved grip, better handling and overall comfort; a new roll of tape can give your ride a new feel. It's just not all performance benefits with bar-tape though, as with all things cycling, you can pick and choose depending on your individual style and preference.
Wrapping up with a new set of tape can give your ride that edge that you've been missing. When an old set of tape gets worn and old, your grip gets sacrificed, which in turn can affect any other aspect of your cycling. The first day out with your new tape will feel great, it can really bring a new lease of life to your rides, which is always a bonus if you're on a particularly gruelling ride.
Fitting bar tape is an art and a skill, although it can be learned with a little patience (and practice!). At ProBikeKit USA we have a range of bike maintenance guides and DVDs that may help you to learn certain skills, one of them being bar tape application. By learning these skills yourself, there's no need to spend loads of money on professional bike shop fittings!
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