New handlebar tape is one of the simple joys of cycling. It looks nice, feels softer, seems to make you faster. We've long been lovers of simple cork tape, but the newer polymer tapes are intriguing for their weather-resistance and durability. Arundel's Gecko Bar Tape is one of these polymer tapes. You'll find it lays a little flatter, and feels a little thinner than a traditional cork tape, but at the same time, provides a very sticky, tenacious grip. It's an ideal tape for those of us in wetter climates.
The Arundel Gecko Bar Tape is available in Black, Fur Black, Blue, Yellow, Red, and White to let you match it to your saddle, or to complement your frame. Each package includes enough to wrap one road handlebar, and it has an adhesive backing for easy and secure wrapping.
I have used almost every tape out there, and seem to always revert to cork tape. I like the ease of wrapping it, the amount of cushion, and like that the cost is low enough that I dont get too bummed when I have to buy new tape when it wears out. My go to is almost always the Arundel cork, so I figured I'd give this gecko tape a swing. Initial impressions are good; it wrapped with ease, but seems even a little more padded than the cork. I'm not typically one who seeks out thick bar tape, and I like that this provides noticeably more padding than most fizik tapes without the added bulk of some of the thicker Lizardskins tape. Time will tell about the durability, but chances are I'll just pick up another sub- $20 roll of arundel and move on with my life.
You would figure "tape is tape" but this stuff is pretty nice. The install was pretty easy but the feel of it is wicked nice (I'm from the New England where wicked is an adjective). The tape is not too bulky and has a good solid feel. I used it on my aerobars and ended up using the cloth medical tape to secure the end and haven't had any issues
I just put the fur black on, and am liking it so far. It has a dry-feeling microsuede surface, a lot like Fizik's Dual tape, but in a more unterstated package. Be sure to check out Arundel's instructions on the back of the box. If you have wrapped very many bars, they will make you laugh.
Soft poofy feel, like new car smell for a bike. Pretty standard as bar tape goes. Haven't had a chance to see feel it in the rain. I'm regretting not getting the furry black version, tight pants and black fur are such a good combo.
This handle bar tape is quite easy to apply, comfortable, and quite durable. For those who don't know how to apply handle bar tape correctly, this video was quite helpful.
Grippy but not sticky. Comfortable but not pillowy. Lasts a full season (barring the "C**SH" word)" My favorite tape!
does its job
Not very durable and I am wondering about the whole sticky thing. Do you need sticky bar tape? I ride in the rain with the Fizik Glossy tape and have never felt my hand slip. Maybe because I wear gloves?
Durability of the Arundael tape is not high.