We’re frequently asked about padding and cushioning options for our leather bicycle bar wraps and grips. Here, we answer your questions:
I’m looking at your sew-on bar wraps. The question is, can I put a cork wrap on first? If not can I use something else, what do you recommend? Thank you for your time.
I prefer very thin grips while my fiance prefers a thicker and more padded style. Which of your wraps is the thinnest and which would be the thickest? Thanks!
Padding underneath bar wraps and grips is a matter of personal preference. We’ve seen articles for and against it. To pad or cushion leather bar wraps, there are two basic options: the leather itself, and layering squishy cork or foam tape underneath the wraps, either in a coil or in straight sections.
Walnut Studiolo carries four different styles of leather bar wraps and leather grips for bicycle handlebars. We’ll discuss the thickness and padding options under each one below.
For the most padding with our leather handlebar wraps, we recommend our Bullwhip Bar Wraps, which are inherently more padded by overlapping layers of approximately 1mm thick leather. The braiding of the Bullwhip Bar Wraps ensures the thickest coverage with the most padding because the leather is braided onto itself, for a double thickness throughout. However, you can pad the Bullwhip Bar Wraps even more by wrapping them around a layer of foam or cork tape or other commercially-available padding.
The City Grips and the Bare Knuckle Grips are the same except for the peek-a-boo cut-outs in the Bare Knuckle Grips. These grips use the thickest leather in the collection, but they are designed of course for short handlebars with no curves. The leather is approximately 2.5mm thick, and they are designed to fit a 7/8″ bar perfectly with nothing underneath.
For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our Leather Bar Wraps, check out our handlebar wraps FAQ page: https://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/bicycle-bar-wraps