Handle bar wrap comes in many colors, and even degrees of padding – but all have the same problem. They require actual tape of some sort to close off the upper end. Cyclist and IT guy Tom Schoegler has created something different with the Tite Ends.
He worked with 3M and created a polyolefin based wrap that is thick enough to hold the bar wrap in place but yet it remains pliable and comfortable. It requires a heat gun or hair dryer to shrink it down – but the key is that it shrinks radially not lengthwise. Just fire up the gun and it shrinks to a perfect fit.
It seems as if it would be more effort to install, but it could give a very clean look – and shouldn’t result in the glue residue that can build up with tape or seep out over time.