Handlebar straps are strips that are wrapped around the handlebars to provide greater comfort when riding bicycles, improve grip and avoid contact with the metal, they are an essential component of the bicycle to have a good control of the bike, ideally facilitate perspiration and therefore avoid sweating of the hands.
Handlebar straps can be used both with bare hands and with cycling gloves, as in both cases they prevent the hands from slipping on the metal surface of the handlebars, and they also provide the cyclist with a certain degree of cushioning that makes riding a bicycle more comfortable. Handlebar straps are usually attached to the handlebars with adhesive lines
Undoubtedly, handlebar straps are of greater interest on road bikes or bikes with road handlebars, as they are designed to allow the rider to adopt different riding positions and use different grip zones on the handlebars, maintaining a homogeneous feel and grip over the entire surface of the handlebars.
Whether for the restoration of bicycles or to give a "vintage" touch to our classic road bike, leather handlebar straps are an excellent ally that have nothing to envy the handlebar straps of synthetic fibers, besides having a degree of flexibility and interesting grip, there is nothing like their finish and the tonal degrees they reach with the passage of time
There are many options besides leather to leave our classic road bike with a unique retro finish, also cork tapes as Velox models, or the recently incorporated by Brooks microfiber tapes are an option with very good results and an exceptional price, other simpler models, with less breathability are the models based on cotton.