These squidgy gel pads from Bike Ribbon are a simple way to reduce fatigue and numb hands on long rides.
They come in three different flavours: soft (as tested) super-soft and firm.
You get four bits: two straights for the drops and two curved pieces for the tops. The gel has a bobbly surface which allows more movement and hence cushioning effect. You can also trim them to size by snipping off the end bits.
This waffle patterned tape from Bike Ribbon is certainly different, but it's hard to see who it's aimed at.
The USP of this tape is the dimpled surface which is pleasingly tactile and quite dry. It's fairly thin though, the waffling doesn't add a great deal of cushion for your hands and it also comes up very short. Wrapped on the teeny-tiny bars of my vintage Carlton (37cm outside to outside) it only just about makes it onto the tops.