This month, in our feature dedicated to rare, unusual, neglected or just plain beautiful pieces of Cinelli history that we have found for sale on the internet over the last month we have chosen to highlight an early 2000s Original Cork Ribbon Bar Tape in “Rasta” colours, originally issued as part of a “countries of the world” pack series including the legendary stars and stripes screenprinted tape…
Why did we chose this bar tape for our eBay Find of the Month?
Because we’ve always loved the colour and were sad when it went out of production (it looks amazing on glossy black bikes with minimal graphics), because we miss the days when everybody wanted to put the craziest possible bar tape on their bikes (see our Zebra tape, still in production, or the 7-colour splash tapes made famous by Chiapucci and others) and because the perfectly intact packaging is itself something of a work of art!
This little piece of Cinelli and Italian bike history is available to purchase on ebay from the account of local North Italian collector Gabriele Tocchio who, in his own words, explains, simply “I only sell what I like”.
Whilst those interested in Cinelli’s latest Made in Italy bartape can discover more and purchase the tape inspired by the material innovation of competitive windsurfing HERE.