Alright, at first this may seem like a silly question. But with the level that some folks go to get their bike setup just so, I think that bar tape can be fairly important. Having ridden lots of different tapes over the years, there's definitely a wide range from tape that you just barely know is there, to stuff that really cushions the bar like a Cadillac. So..........................I'm wondering what everyone's favorite is and why.
Personally since I just went to a much more rigid Easton EA70x fork for this season (my former house branded carbon leg, aluminum steerer tube fork was recalled), I'm REALLY wanting to find something pretty cushy. Of course, I'm also making the jump to tubulars which should soften the cockpit up a bit. Has anyone tried the Cinelli gel tape? It looks really cushy but I'd be curious to hear from those that have tried it out.
I'm partial to Stella Azzura Tecno-Spugna medium-density tape designed for cobbles and poorly-paved surfaces. It's comfortable, relatively inexpensive, comes in a wide selection of colors, is made in Italy, is easy to clean, and is pretty strong. I've used it for several years and have been happier with it than I have been with other manufacturers' bar tapes. I am going to try the regular-density tape for my 'A' bike this season - only because I'm trying to cut the weight down on that bike; however, I'm sticking with the medium-density tape for my training/'B' bike.