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Arundel - Gecko Bar Tape

Arundel Gecko Bar Tape

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$8.99 Original price:$19.95
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Item #ARU0013




Tech Specs

[surface] polyurethane, [padding] EVA foam
Recommended Use:

Consistent grip.

The Arundel Gecko Bar Tape offers you a low-profile, confident grip in any condition. Arundel uses a polyurethane/EVA foam sandwich construction that is around 2mm at its thickest and tapers toward the edges. The Gecko’s dimpled surface is durable and will give you a steady hold, even in wet conditions.

  • Polyurethane/EVA foam sandwich construction
  • Tapered, low-profile design
  • Dimpled surface

I'd go 5 Stars but it's not worn out yet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The gecko is awesome so far. BUT..... I don't have the widest road bars. I own another road bike that I'm confident I could not have reached the end without cheating out some extra material, which is unacceptable in my standards. On this cross bike it's amazing. I'm beyond OCD about bar tape installation and often volunteer to wrap bars for any friend who mentions they may get new bar tape. Each brand of bar tape has an attitude of its own, and this one is a little temperamental. But I quickly found out how it liked to lay down and proceeded to install. For being a rubberized bar tape it had way more padding than I expected. Also people complain about the sticky tape on the back being too sticky... This is how tape was made 15 years ago and I love it. It gives even more confidence that someone who rolls their wrists a bunch isn't going to twist the tape. As for pealing it off when renewing, that's just part of the game. As of now, it's awesome but I would say you need to be a 8 out of 10 installer. This isn't the tape to start with if it's your very first rodeo. But it's still only half as hard as Fizik's high end stuff that takes a masters degree in bar tape installation along with an OCD roadie attitude.

In summary:
-There's no slack and don't plan on having to cut any off.
-It's grippy.
-It's got very sticky tape on the inside to contact the bar.
-It probably shouldn't be the tape you learn to wrap with.

Good grip but two other pit falls

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a longtime Arundel fan, noteably their fantastic carbon bottle cages. When it comes to this tape however, I won't be a repeat buyer. 1) as mentioned by others, the length is shorter than other tape so you have to stretch it extra far, and hope you make it to the top of the bars. 2) when removing the tape to put on a fresh roll, the adhesive was a major pain in the ass. As you can see in the photo it's stuck all the way around until wife and the tape so I had to go back with a razor blade. It definitely wasn't corroded or old, it's been on about eight months, but only written about 10 times since this is my secondary bike.

Good grip but two other pit falls


    Product looks good, seems good quality however I have a 42 handlebar and the tape is too short to tape the complete handlebar.
    The tape seems to have a width shorter than other tape.
    Due to the short length of the tape you have to pull more than usual on the tape to try to make it fit.
    I did not install the tape i was too disappointed with the result.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Nothing fancy here, just a simple tape that has a nice tacky feel. Durability wasn't as exceptional as more expensive options, but for an inexpensive tape I was satisfied.

    Super Q/P ratio

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great bartape, comfy and grippy, at a super price (I paid once about 50$ for Lizardskin tape but but this one is comparable for 9$! sale price).

    Poor quality

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I thought this would be equivalent to lizard skins. The name suggest that's what they were shooting for. First the tape is thin. It makes it harder to wrap because you must stretch it out so much. And being so thin, there's no real padding to comfort your hands.

    Next is the quality. This lasted me about a month before it was toast. It lost all of it's tackiness within that time period making almost a slick surface. I wish I could say better things about these but I can't.

    The bar ends are spot on though. They will be staying on the bike a while;)

    Polarizing. Worth it if you're a fan.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been putting this tape on all of my road bikes and skipping my cyclocross bikes. Not the thickest or squishiest of tapes, but mated to a semi-compliant carbon fiber handlebar --the feel becomes crazy luxurious, like Zapp Brannigan's love of velour. While mated to an aluminum bar, the padding may be too jarring to ride with. The feel with bar hands or super thin gloves is just right. I'm not a fan of the tactile feel sticky Lizard Skins bartape on a hot day. It reminds me too much I have stuff sticking to the side of my leg in the nether regions. I don't need to add the sensation to my hands. Where this tape kinda sucks is in the rain. They keep sweaty hands dry, but they get overwhelmed in a downpour. Pull out a different bike with different tape on wet days.

    Fur Black Fan.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've wrapped a few bars with the Arundel Gecko Fur Black tape. I have found to to be no more difficult than regular cork tape, which is to say that it is a challenge unless you are a pro mechanic who wraps bars daily. When it is time to re-wrap bars, open a beer and take my time. I don't always nail it, but I can usually do pretty well.

    Once it is on, the Fur Black's microsuede surface has a very pleasing dark matte black look and feels great in the hands with or without gloves. After a few months of riding, the tape got a little less cushy, but it didn't tear or lose its grippy texture.

    Very fussy tape; get help or forget it.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    If you have taped your bars before many times and have the confidence to try to use this stuff, then go ahead. Maybe you will have a better experience than I did. However, I found this to be a frustrating loss of time and money. The adhesive stripped half-way off of one roll when I removed the backing (I've never had that happen before). Having read and watched videos on how to wrap bars with lizard skin bar tape, I was still unprepared for the progressive wrinkle that inevitably develops along the edge as you move up the bar. Trying to not stretch the tape is an exercise in futility as the tape will not adequately cover 440 size bars if not stretched. So, back to stretching a little more and you've got a worsening situation with the aforementioned wrinkle. Try to overlap a little less to compensate and the wrinkle pushes the tape off and you get a gap. Really, this must be what the expression "french kissing a rattle snake" means. Unfortunately, I like white bar tape so by the time I got done with this job my handlebars look like they've been down a gravel road. The takeaway: either I don't have the voodoo that is required to wrap bars with with this stuff or it's just bad stuff. Either way, I accept the fact that this product isn't for me. Good luck.

    Disappointed in a couple of ways

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The bar tape was difficult to install compared to more flexible cork alternatives. It is less flexible, and re-wrapping it to fix irregularities started to break the tape (cannot be re-wrapped after some use). Though I got it close to perfect, the tape shifted and opened new gaps after a few weeks. The tape itself looks good, but it's challenging to tape it nicely and have it stay that way. Disappointed.

    While in use, I like how the tape feels for regular riding. However if you ride without gloves and do long rides, the tape is quite uncomfortable compared to cork alternatives such as Sram Supercork. I also don't like it as much as Pro Digital Smart Silicon Bar Tape.

    So far pretty good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have now purchased and installed two rolls of the white Gecko tape. I have had mixed experiences with the double sided backing tape, the first roll having no issue and the second roll the backing tape separating from the bar tape as I tried to remove the cover. I was able to gently push it back on the bar tape and apply without issue, but something to be aware of.

    I have not installed the Lizard Skins, so I cannot give a relative review. That said, I find the tape to be tacky enough and provide adequate cushioning (I ride with gloves) for my purposes. While the white does not stay pristine, I would not expect it to, contributing to the attractiveness of the price-- I feel less guilty replacing more often.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I had high hopes for this, as I love Arundel cages. I might have had a defective batch, but there was no adhesive backing on most of the tape--so it shifts under pressure and is beginning to bunch up on the bar. I'm guessing I'll have to change it out very soon.

    Nice feel

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Nice tape for the price. I was able to install it on my own without difficulties. I haven't tried it out on long rides yet but it performs well around town.

    Kind of impressed

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I normally used lizard skins but i needed to quickly switch some cables, had to cut the bar tape and this was the only tape my shop had on hand that day. Not as comfortable as lizardskins or as tacky in wet conditions but it has amazing life. I put this on in April and ride around 15 hours each week, it has still not started to fray or degrade. Color is still pretty good and holds up well to sweat. For the price it's good bar tape that will last.

    Pure Crap

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I either got a bad package, or other reviewers are much more adept at installing. When I installed the first side, the adhesive peeled off the tape when I pulled off the the backing paper.... got around it by using the park tool electrical tape trick (wrap electrical tape inside out, bar tape sticks to that). Both sides have little bubbles/lumps, material does not seem very pliable or flexible. Basically a pain in the butt to install. I have used deda tape (usually wrap 3-4 bars a year between cross and road bike) and never had an issue.... Will see how it holds up.

    I had the same issue, when I peeled the protection of the tape the adhesive came with it.

    Tacky, grippy, durable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great stuff. Very durable. Requires some subtle English when you're installing the tape, but each bar tape has its own necessary tension to make it just right. It is around 1/2 the price of the Lizzard Skins similar product and just as good, IMO.

    Good Stuff Maynard!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use this tape almost exclusively (the White). I have tried, and continue to explore other tapes, but I always come back to this one. The price is right. And I strongly disagree with another reviewer who stated that this tape is 'not very durable'. Perhaps he/she was speaking of the cork variety? (which I have not tried) This handlebar tape is very durable in my experience. I use the White almost exclusively. As with all whites it does pick up dirt. It cleans up ok. Personally, I am one of those that would prefer to have dirty white handlebar tape than a clean "looking" darker color (they are just as dirty, just not as obvious). The feel of the tape is rubbery; not too slick, not too sticky. To me this tape's value point is extremely high.

    Finally, I mentioned that I try other tapes. It's less about the Gecko tape and more about just seeing what's out there - but here's what I am seeking:

    - A white tape that never gets dirty, or that cleans up to near-original form easily. (this is not the Gecko - or any other tape that I have come across. However, the Fizik white comes closest in this department).

    - A tape that has the right about of tack to it; not too slippery nor too sticky (I think the Gecko is perfect in this area)

    - A tape that offers me the right amount of cushion (for me). (The Gecko could be a little more cushiony for my taste, but it's not bad where it is)

    - And finally, I seek out other tapes as I have been trying to find one with a green that matches the green highlights on my bike.

    In the end, I am very happy with this tape and highly recommend you try it if you have not.

    Very nice

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I would rank this tape with Lizard Skin for less than 1/2 the price. Great stuff.

    Great cushion, soft grip

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have used almost every tape out there, and seem to always revert to cork tape. I like the ease of wrapping it, the amount of cushion, and like that the cost is low enough that I dont get too bummed when I have to buy new tape when it wears out. My go to is almost always the Arundel cork, so I figured I'd give this gecko tape a swing. Initial impressions are good; it wrapped with ease, but seems even a little more padded than the cork. I'm not typically one who seeks out thick bar tape, and I like that this provides noticeably more padding than most fizik tapes without the added bulk of some of the thicker Lizardskins tape. Time will tell about the durability, but chances are I'll just pick up another sub- $20 roll of arundel and move on with my life.

    Not bad for the price

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Not very durable and I am wondering about the whole sticky thing. Do you need sticky bar tape? I ride in the rain with the Fizik Glossy tape and have never felt my hand slip. Maybe because I wear gloves?

    Durability of the Arundael tape is not high.