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Even purists want to try something new once in a while.

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. 


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4 5

Kind of impressed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I normally used lizard skins but i needed to quickly switch some cables, had to cut the bar tape and this was the only tape my shop had on hand that day. Not as comfortable as lizardskins or as tacky in wet conditions but it has amazing life. I put this on in April and ride around 15 hours each week, it has still not started to fray or degrade. Color is still pretty good and holds up well to sweat. For the price it's good bar tape that will last.

1 5

Pure Crap

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I either got a bad package, or other reviewers are much more adept at installing. When I installed the first side, the adhesive peeled off the tape when I pulled off the the backing paper.... got around it by using the park tool electrical tape trick (wrap electrical tape inside out, bar tape sticks to that). Both sides have little bubbles/lumps, material does not seem very pliable or flexible. Basically a pain in the butt to install. I have used deda tape (usually wrap 3-4 bars a year between cross and road bike) and never had an issue.... Will see how it holds up.

5 5

Tacky, grippy, durable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great stuff. Very durable. Requires some subtle English when you're installing the tape, but each bar tape has its own necessary tension to make it just right. It is around 1/2 the price of the Lizzard Skins similar product and just as good, IMO.

5 5

Good Stuff Maynard!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this tape almost exclusively (the White). I have tried, and continue to explore other tapes, but I always come back to this one. The price is right. And I strongly disagree with another reviewer who stated that this tape is 'not very durable'. Perhaps he/she was speaking of the cork variety? (which I have not tried) This handlebar tape is very durable in my experience. I use the White almost exclusively. As with all whites it does pick up dirt. It cleans up ok. Personally, I am one of those that would prefer to have dirty white handlebar tape than a clean "looking" darker color (they are just as dirty, just not as obvious). The feel of the tape is rubbery; not too slick, not too sticky. To me this tape's value point is extremely high.
Finally, I mentioned that I try other tapes. It's less about the Gecko tape and more about just seeing what's out there - but here's what I am seeking:
- A white tape that never gets dirty, or that cleans up to near-original form easily. (this is not the Gecko - or any other tape that I have come across. However, the Fizik white comes closest in this department).
- A tape that has the right about of tack to it; not too slippery nor too sticky (I think the Gecko is perfect in this area)
- A tape that offers me the right amount of cushion (for me). (The Gecko could be a little more cushiony for my taste, but it's not bad where it is)
- And finally, I seek out other tapes as I have been trying to find one with a green that matches the green highlights on my bike.

In the end, I am very happy with this tape and highly recommend you try it if you have not.

5 5

Very nice

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I would rank this tape with Lizard Skin for less than 1/2 the price. Great stuff.

4 5

Great cushion, soft grip

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

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.

3 5

Not bad for the price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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.

4 5

does its job

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

does its job

5 5

solid

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

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

STUPID . WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS ~ AS IN...

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STUPID . WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS ~ AS IN HOW WIDE AND HOW LONG ?

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Well I can see where it is not listed to be a question but a simple search on the internet would have produced that answer.................hey, we live in the informational tech society.......use those search engines!

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What about the thickness? I'm looking for somethings at least 2mm thick.

5 5

The good stuff

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Grippy but not sticky. Comfortable but not pillowy. Lasts a full season (barring the "C**SH" word)" My favorite tape!

4 5

Soft and affordable

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.

5 5

Fur Black for Stealth.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

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.

4 5

Simple

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs7BY4wKHTM