I use a whole variety of different colored Hockey tape, from a sports store. Thinner, but but 2 layers or more on. Much, much cheaper that bike bar tape, one roll does 4 or 5 bars for about $2 to $3. Takes shellac or polyeurethane well too.
Neill Currie Hillsborough, Nh.
The Mountain Goat website is at: http://www.geocities.com/neill1234/index.html?1011568933040
My somewhat bicycle-related blog is at: http://blogericious.blogspot.com/