Cycling, like any sport, can get pretty rough without the right equipment. Handlebar tapes don’t just make your bike look cooler, they give you a better grip on the handlebars without giving you painful blisters. A cool handlebar tape says much about you and your personality. Not to mention this is one of the few things in which you can differentiate yourself from the masses cyclists.
As we know like everything in the market, there are some cool looking, and good handlebar tapes, and some rubbish and uncomfortable ones. It’s very important to choose a good one which has a little bit of stretch to it, so you can easily achieve a nice, tight wrap around your handlebars.
With so many choices though, how is a person supposed to find handlebar tape that looks cool, gives you the best protection and is affordable? In browsing Amazon, I have found five cool handlebar tapes that not only give good protection and grip but are affordable.
First up on the list is the BV EVA Road Bike Handlebar Tapes, one of two brands on Amazon’s Choice for handlebar tapes. According to the manufacturer description, the material is made from EVA foam which reduces shock and impact around the fingers and wrists. 3M adhesive backing makes the tape easy to install and many reviews give it 5 stars for the feel and durability.
The tape only comes in two colors, black and white, but I felt that it should go at the top of the list for the price. At under $10 for both color options, this is definitely the most affordable tape on the list, especially for the benefits and the warranty the manufacturer provides.
Second on the list is the SRAM Supercork Bicycle Bar Tape, second on Amazon’s Choice for handlebar tapes. It is a polyurethane tape embedded with cork to give a good grip and cushion. Many of the reviews give it 5 stars for the grip, cushioning, and durability, even for aggressive riders.
It comes in 5 colors: black, red, blue, yellow, white, and pink. The colors are not only cool, but look pretty bright, so they would be eye-catching on the road. Like the BV tapes, SRAM has 3M backing for easy installment and keeping it on the bars. The price is very affordable, being just above $11.
These are some cool handlebar tapes. The KINGOU Carbon Fiber Handlebar Tapes is lined with EVA foam to reduce fatigue from long rides. The surface, however, is made from a carbon fiber PU leather design to really give your bike a fresh look. Unlike BV and SRAM, KINGOU tapes don’t have a 3M adhesive backing. They state this makes it easier to adjust the tape position while still being easy to wrap on the handlebars.
There are definitely more choices that come with this brand too. It comes in eight different colors: black, white, red, pink, brown, blue, silver, and yellow. Not only are there more option, but these tapes are within the same price range as the BV and SRAM tapes. So if you’re wanting affordable tapes with lots of options, this may be what you’re looking for.
The Planet Bike Handlebar Tapes are a little more costly by a few dollars, but they still cost under $20. The tapes are made from a durable gel material to cushion and reduce fatigue in your hands. When the wrap gets wet, the grip becomes tackier to create a non-slip grip during rainy rides.
Like the KINGOU tapes, Planet Bike comes with a lot of color options. I counted about sixteen different color options and the manufacturer guarantees them all to be UV-protected. They are also fade and water-resistant, so they will stay looking relatively new for a while. In fact, Planet Bike is so confident in their product, they have a limited warranty on their products as well in case of a defect.
Last on the list is Fizik Performance Bar Tape. Of the five products reviewed, Fizik is the most expensive, breaking just over the $20 mark. The reason for this is the two finishing grips you can choose from: Soft and Tacky. Soft has a microfiber feel to bare hands. Tacky has a tread pattern to glue your hands to the bars, even in bad weather.
With this, comes a multitude of color options that rivals what Plant Bike offers. Each finishing grip offers eight colors each. Fizik promises that the different grips won’t detract from the 3mm dense tape to provide comfort. The wraps are also made of a durable synthetic fiber that make them washable, so they will be easy to clean. If you are willing to spend a few extra dollars to have a customized grip, then Fiznik maybe what you’re looking for.
There are a lot of options and products to choose from when choosing the right handlebar tape. The ones reviewed in this article have their own cool options from different gripping styles to surface finishes. It’s even cooler that each product comes with several 5-star reviews, so they are good products. Hopefully, in your search to find handlebar tapes that are both cool and affordable, this article helped pare down your search.