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    Bar tape that doens't contain toxins?

    I've seen a lot of this bar tape and a lot of it contains toxic materials, PVC for example.


    Is there any sort of cushiony enviro tape out there?

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    cork?

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    Cork's not real cork when talking about bar tape.

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    Velox cloth and Brooks leather is just about all I can think of. One costs an arm and a leg, the other is (to me) very uncomfortable.

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    Newbaums cloth tape is US made, using eco-friendly dyes. It's thicker than most other cotton tapes and is fairly comfortable. Not as comfortable as the Salsa tape I prefer, but it's certainly doesn't contain nasty chems.
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    Bar tape that doens't contain toxins?

    Chewing on your grips much?

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    People with MCS don't need to chew on things. Breathing in a bit of fumes or absorbing through the skin is enough.

    More: not cheap but not as dear as Brooks:
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    Bar tape that doens't contain toxins?

    Don't know what MCS is but I was only joking. I get VOC's and skin absorption, however

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    Bar tape that doens't contain toxins?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    People with MCS don't need to chew on things. Breathing in a bit of fumes or absorbing through the skin is enough.

    More: not cheap but not as dear as Brooks:
    Handlebar Tape, Grips, Accessories - Accessories

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    You think toxic materials are not used to tan leather?
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    I haven't tried them, but these folks make organic cotton tape in several thicknesses and a bunch of colors. Green Grips - Eco-Friendly Cloth Handlebar Tape for Road Bicycles If you like the more cushiony stuff and are concerned about environmental impacts rather than personal exposure (which gloves likely prevent), buying some "basement cleanout" tape that someone has had kicking around would avoid new emissions from manufacturing, etc., and might be more environmentally neutral than "new environmentally friendly"tape.

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    Shiggy, I figured he'd know if he reacted to leather or not. There is toxic and then there's toxic to me. True, leather is not so enviro (animal production too beyond the tanning chemicals). The OP did not clearly indicate IMHO if it was himself or the environment that he was concerned about.

    Do you have a recommendation for handlebar tape?

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    Bar tape that doens't contain toxins?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Shiggy, I figured he'd know if he reacted to leather or not. There is toxic and then there's toxic to me. True, leather is not so enviro (animal production too beyond the tanning chemicals). The OP did not clearly indicate IMHO if it was himself or the environment that he was concerned about.

    Do you have a recommendation for handlebar tape?

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    Read the OP's post history. He does not know much.

    I like cork/gel tape (Salsa, Bonty, Cinelli).
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    Multiple layers of cotton tape seem like the way to go. You could even try to find some sort of natural rubber to place under the tape if you're concerned about dampening vibrations.

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    I have lots of roadkill on my route... I could just pull some hide off of the next fresh deer that I see and wrap the bars with that.... but I guess toxins might be preferable to lice and ticks...
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