May 24, 2013
The recent warm weather has been enticing some touring cyclists to make a brief detour off their main trajectory to visit our headquarters in downtown Missoula. In preparation for a steady stream of visitors, we've stocked our freezer with ice cream, fridge with soda, and put our staff through an intensive visiting cyclist training course. Another annual tradition is to rewrap the tape on our handlebar door handles.
If you find yourself at our doorstep this summer, I hope you appreciate this year's selection of Lizard Skins DSP dual color tape. We went with a well padded 2.5mm thickness for your comfort, and a black and red color combo that adds a nice accent to our massive newly remodeled green building.
If you haven't experienced Lizard Skins DSP tape in the past, get ready. It has a distinctive textured feel that provides great grip in all conditions, while providing plenty of padding for all day comfort. I've got it setup on my road bikes, cyclocross bike, and touring bike, and I don't think I'll ever be able to back to cork tape.
You do pay a price for this kind of luxury, and that price is $40 to wrap up a set of your bars. That may be steep in comparison to the cork tape competitors, but I can easily get year and a half out of a set of these before they need to be replaced. We want only the best for the touring cyclists that grace us with their presence, and by my estimation, this is as good as it gets.
Photo by Josh Tack
TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh's "Fine Tuned" column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.