Handlebar tape is primarily designed to enhance comfort and grip. This is particularly useful in wet weather or long rides. It can also reduce the risk of blisters. While this is bar tape’s main purpose, the bright colours available can be used to increase visibility and personalise the look of your bike!
There are different types of handlebar tape available including gel tape and other cushioned materials. These enhance comfort. Light tapes are more breathable and encourage moisture wicking to move sweat away from your hands.
While all bikes need handlebar grips, bar tape is more useful for regular or professional riders who benefit from the extra comfort and security.