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Polyurethane tape, introduced in the last few years, provides cushioning.
Composite rubber tape
Cork tape, padded tape, provides cushioning but less durable.
Bike ribbon, plastic padded tape with smooth waterproof surface.
Benotto "Cello-Tape", made from plastic, popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Compared with other types of handlebar tape it is relatively thin and is unpadded; it does not provide any cushioning from road vibrations. However it is long lasting, does not absorb water, was available in a vast range of colors and stays clean. Similar types of "shiny tape" exist.
Cotton tape, unpadded woven cotton tape with adhesive backing, similar to twill tape.
Leather wrap, for example by Brooks England
An inner tube can be cut and wrapped as well
A foam rubber tube has been used on inexpensive bikes.
Tape can be applied in several ways, either wrapped from the ends towards the stem or starting near the stem and wrapped towards the ends. The tape is usually held in place at the ends with the bar-end plugs. The other end of the tape can be help in place with adhesive tape, usually electrical insulation tape or, if started near the stem, by first wrapping a few turns towards the stem before reversing direction to anchor it. A figure-eight can be made around the brake lever clamp to completely cover the bar, or a small, separate piece of tape can be place on the back side to cover the small v-shaped section that might otherwise be left bare. Strips of bar gel may optionally be applied to the handlebars prior to applying the tape in order to reduce vibration transmission and increase comfort.