Arundel Cork Road Handlebar Tape
Save 54% on the Cork Bar Tape by Arundel!
Arundel Cork Handlebar Tape
Cork wrap is really a lot of foam with cork chunks mixed in. This stuff was popularized in the 80`s too, but has withstood the test of time for good reason. Cork bar tape is thick and softens road vibration. It can soak up moisture and yet remains easy to grip. It is fairly durable and easy to install. It holds color well and doesn`t fade. You can wash it like you wash the car; soapy rag, scrub, rinse, repeat. Cork is our favorite in the cooler months. It`s a fatter grip that works great with gloved hands. It`s also fine for hot summers and sweaty bike riders, but it works better if you wash it often. Cork bar tape is still with us because it is good stuff.
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About Merlin Cycles
This cycling deal was found at Merlin Cycles, one of the UK's most famous bike shops, located up North!
Merlin Cycles started life in 1993, founded by John Moss as a mail order Mountain Bike business ran directly from his spare bedroom in Chorley. Due to early growth, shortly afterwards he opened his first outlet in Ormskirk, and a few years later in 1998, the company grew into larger premises, moving to Leyland.
In the 1990's and early 2000's, Merlin were known for their ranges of mountain bike hardtails, released under the Rock Lobster and Merlin "Malt" brands. These steel and aluminium hardtails were designed in house, available as framesets or complete bikes, representing excellent value for money. The company was also well known for their handbuilt MTB wheels, which in my experience lasted for years without needing truing!
Merlin have always been competitive on pricing, particularly on suspension forks, brakes, wheels and groupsets, which continues to this day. Nowadays they have introduced road cycling equipment and clothing into their product ranges, due to the increase in popularity in this field, thus catering for a broader range of cyclists.