Toshi leather tape£26.18

Natural bar tape

BikeRadar score4/5

This Japanese, keirin-approved leather bar tape will add a touch of class to any classic tourer or hip fixer.

It’s perforated, unbranded and wears in nicely after a couple of months of use, especially once the accompanying blood, sweat and tears have soaked in too.

The leather is grippy and relatively thin, ensuring good control of the handlebars. The downside to this is that unlike synthetic wraps, Toshi tape doesn’t offer any bump absorption.

You’re probably best wrapping it over some gel pads for long distance riding. It’s a little cheaper than Brooks’ version, and there’s a black finish for 50p less.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK
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