I'm new to riding a road bike. I'm riding a SS and it had flat mt. bike style handle bars on it. I have some bar ends on my mt. bike and have got accustomed to the way I hold the bars. The ones I have on my mt. bike are really small and kindof a squishy rubber material. However the new ones I got for the SS are a little bigger and have a little bit of a curve to them. Plus they are just metal. I was just wondering if that tape that people use on their bars is for grip or if it has some cushion to it? If so does anyone else tape their bar ends? Or should I just return them and get some drop bars? I'm commuting about 16 miles each way in a pretty much flat area. I've been riding mt. bike for 15 years but know absolutely nothing about road riding.