At the local shop, there’s been a set of bar tape hanging on the rack with the Specialized and Bontrager cork bar tape as long as I’ve been riding a bike.
It’s a beat up, black box that says:
VO GRAND CRU
The box had a price tag of $70 on it, and I made the mistake of opening up the box to check out the feel of the leather. I pulled out one of the rolls, and there sat, in the box, two of the coolest bar end plugs I have ever laid eyes on. Wood plugs with inlaid leather. Dude.
I have a better photo….
I actually walked out of the shop without the bar tape. My wife is a reasonable woman. Walking in the door with $70 bar tape (for the rain bike) would challenge that reasonableness. I did what any sane avid cycling enthusiast would do.
I asked for it as a Christmas present.
My wife, being made almost exclusively of awesome sauce, came home with that beat up old box later that evening.
Because the old school rain bike definitely needs genuine leather bar tape… with leather inlaid wooden bar end caps. Or somethin’.