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Arundel Gecko Grip Handlebar Tape
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Gecko Grip Handlebar Tape

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Get a grip with Arundel bar tape.

Arundel's Gecko Grip is made of laminated layers of polyurethane and EVA foam to create a bar wrap with a grippy texture. Compared to traditional cork tape, Gecko Grip is more resistant to water and sweat, and also cleans up easily to make it look like new again.

Available in Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Brown and Grey.

B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.

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My Favorite
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by RimbrakesFTW
Cycling Enthusiast
Middle Island, New York

I really like this tape. It isn't cushioned so it isn't thick like a Supacaz. It is grippy and to my taste is just thick enough. I use gloves for padding. It is a little tricky to wrap but if you take your time and keep a steady tension you can get a good wrap without any gaps. I only had this tape on for a short time and had to replace my brake cables so could not reuse it. I replaced it with Supacaz which is nice, but is a real nightmare to wrap. Comparing the two tapes I prefer the thinner and more affordable Arundel. It wraps a lot better and I prefer its appearance over the higher priced Supacaz.

Reviewed 8/3/2020
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arundel is wonderful!!!
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by crazylegs
Cycling Enthusiast
kalispell, montana

i purchased this bar tape because i love how great arundel's water bottle cages perform. plus the tape matched my bamboo bicycle. it looks great AND the feel of it far surpasses other brands. easy to wrap and seems like it will last a long time. as usual westernbikeworks.com had the best price and fastest shipping.

Reviewed 6/2/2019
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Unimpressed
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Chicago, il
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

This tape has no stretch in it, so be prepared for wrinkles and gaps. It is rather short, so if you have contoured carbon bars, don't expect it to fit. Finally, the black tape they offer is too short and doesn't stick well.

Reviewed 9/30/2014
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GRIP!!!
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by rsherbak
Cycling Enthusiast
pdx,or

Great, inexpensive handlebar tape that rivals Lizard Skins without the heavy price tag. Similar padding thickness to the slimmer LizardSkins but durable and easy to clean.

Reviewed 11/22/2013
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Arundel Gecko Grip Handlebar Tape
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by QueenB
Competitive Racer
New Castle, DE
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

My husband, who works in a bike shop, was given a sample of the tape and I needed to replace the tape on one of my bikes. It has a nice grippy feel which is good when wearing full fingered gloves or when it's wet. It's not a padded tape so it might not be suitable for everyone. I liked it enough to purchase additional tape from Western Bike Works (great price, good service) to replace the tape on my other bike.

Reviewed 11/8/2013
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Bad Tape
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by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
CA
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I bought this thinking it was made by the same co as the Serfas tape(the outer pattern is exactly the same) but a lot cheaper so I thought worth a shot.

This tape does not stretch so wrapping is a nightmare. It bunches at bends and when you try to unwrap to correct it rips!! Once I got it on it is just OK you can see spots where the tape is folded on itself.

Western should discontinue this one IMO.

Reviewed 9/2/2014
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Comfortable, durable, cleans up easily and the checkered pattern matches the pattern on my Ultegra Di2 hoods!
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Colorado
0 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

This is the only tape I use on my bikes.

Reviewed 8/27/2013
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Great feeling tape with one fatal flaw
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by Christopher
Western Pennsylvania

I love the texture, the color, the very slight amount of stretchy-ness (may not be enough for some BUT it never feels as if it's going to rip), the amount of padding - almost all of it. The issue is that as soon as you try to reposition it even a little bit, the topmost layer starts to peel off. Like, instantly. And there's an unsightly difference between the top veneer and the layer underneath. So you've got to get it exactly right the first time, and forget about ever reusing it. That's a big miss for me.

Reviewed 10/23/2020
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Bright color and comfortable
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by Old and in the way
Cycling Enthusiast
Nashville, Tennessee

I purchased the red tape. Bright color, easy to install and comfortable to the touch. It is starting to get dirty so I will try some soap and water on it to so how it cleans up and holds up.

Reviewed 2/8/2021
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Great feel, adequate padding, excellent price, easy installation
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by CA cx racer
Competitive Racer
San Jose, CA
12 of 12 customers found this review helpful.

I've tried everyones bar tape. I like most of them, some are more durable with less padding and grip, some softer with more padding but don't last. Since I change tape annually or semi annually on three different bikes I usually look for a good value. The Arundel Gecko Grip tape appears to be just what I was looking for. Great feel with adequate padding. It was easy to install with the sticky backing. Didn't have to stretch the tape to much while wrapping. Never felt like the tape was going to rip while installing. I haven't had them on my bars long enough to speak to durability. I am using the tape on my cross bike for racing and find they provide good cushioning and grip. We are in a drought here in CA so I haven't raced them in the rain yet. Overall rating of four stars because I haven't had them long enough to consider durability.

Reviewed 11/5/2014
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Good quality but too much branding
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by mike_ely
Berkeley

I purchased this because I liked the random pattern and color, however when it arrived I saw how large and repetitive the logo is so I stashed it as a set of spares.

Reviewed 11/13/2020
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Not bad!
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by Anonymous

This tape is great for my commuter. I prefer a little more cushion for longer rides but this tape works great on my secondary bike. Recommend for sure.

Reviewed 11/2/2020
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Started deterioration in a week
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by Eddielou
metro Detroit
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Very poor production. I literally had it on a week and it started peeling off the handlebar near the brake lever. Already had to replace it.

Reviewed 8/21/2020
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Good grip, good comfort, not easy to wrap
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Boulder, CO
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Been using this Gecko Grip for about three years - probably four cycles of new tape - so I like it enough to buy it again, a few times. Only issue is wrapping - the tape is does not flex very well and wrapping around curves leaves some gaps and bumps (or maybe I just can't wrap well...). Once on, the padding is just what I want with gloves, and pretty good without gloves on shorter rides that I have done without gloves. The texture is good, easy to get a good grip, but not tacky or sticky. The tape lasts about three-quarters of a year for me (a year is about 5k miles), and sometimes I push it and develop wear-spots above the levers that let other riders know I have been riding! Would like tape that wraps better, but otherwise this tape is very good.

Reviewed 1/23/2017
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Thin, comfortable and very sexy!
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by EmbodiedDespair
Competitive Racer
San Bernardino, California
5 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

I've been using Arundel gecko grip since I got my road bike, about 7,000 miles ago. I've only chanced it twice. Once, because the red tape was way too dirty. The second time, I crashed and messed up a large portion of the tape, so I wanted new tape to replace it. I'm about 2,000 miles into my current bartape and I have nothing but good things to say for it. It is easy to install, comes with absolutely gut busting instructions, the bar ends that it comes with kick hard ass and have never come out and It grips like hell, with gloves or without!

It's much thinner than I expected it to be, initially, but it has never felt uncomfortable on my hands and grips my bars like a good pair of aero lycra shorts. This tape has been with me for casual rides, training rides, crits, climbs, descents, you name it, it's been there with me! Anybody who has problems with this tape is either A) inept at putting bar tape on or B) a terrible person. I'm looking forward to throwing more of this tape on my bars in the future! Thanks, Arundel!

Reviewed 5/9/2016
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Worst tape ever.
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Edmonds WA
4 of 7 customers found this review helpful.

This tape was bad from the start, sticky tape peeled off with white protective strip. It is nice and cushy but does not conform to the bars. Particularly around brake levers. I will stick to Fizik or Lizard Skin. More money but you get what you pay for.

Reviewed 8/5/2015
WesternBikeworks.com Comments
Hi,

Thanks for bringing up your issue with the tape. Many customers have had great luck with this tape, but your individual mileage may vary of course. We would be happy to get you set up with a different set of bar tape that you prefer, just call or email us and we'll get you rolling!

Best,

Derek

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Thumbs down
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
los angeles
2 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

Maybe a fluke, but, I unwrapped the first roll to install (after taking off my old tape.. bad move!, and the 'sticky' tape came off with the protective tape. Obviously, useless, as the tape would slide all over.

Reviewed 4/6/2015
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Worth it just for the wrapping instructions
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by velocaw
Cycling Enthusiast
Longmont, CO
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Great tape. As good as all of the tape that costs more. However, the wrapping instructions are awesome. Buy some for a good laugh and for quality tape.

Reviewed 3/30/2015
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Great feel, look
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by NorCal rider
Cycling Enthusiast
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Like most of us, I have tried every tape you can think of over the years. Based on the reviews I thought I would give Arundel a shot. The downer is, it's difficult to install. The tape is thick with an adhesive backing and won't lay down flat. It's stretch is nil, so you have to overlap about 12 width and pull tight. With tape this thick I don't think it needs an adhesive backing. It tends to bunch up. If you persevere, go slow, take your time and check your overlays it goes a lot easier. When I got to the top and applied my electrical tape finishing tape (note Arundel says on the box don't use their finishing tape, it makes a better chain stay protector lol). I noticed I had screwed up at the bottom and had to unwind the tape and start over. When I did this, most of the adhesive backing pulled off, and it went on a lot easier the second time. The tape could be longer. I had to unwind and rewind the tops until I could get the right length. I don't know about durability, but the feel is great and it helped reduce road shock. Before I used gel tape and this stuff works better. Great grip, and no problem holding on with sweaty hands. I think I will make this my go to tape as others have mentioned. You can get three rolls of this for one roll of Lizard Skin. This stuff is just as good. Excellent value for this product. Besides all the problems with the install, it was well worth the effort!

Reviewed 3/16/2015
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Great stuff
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by Anonymous
Louisville, KY
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

My go-to bar tape. Thick-ish, grippy without being sticky, yet also stays reasonably clean for a long time. And it's better priced than comparable tape. Comfortable under my hands for hours at a time, with and without gloves. I usually buy a few rolls at a time on sale to stock up for my bikes.

Reviewed 1/19/2015
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