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keeping bar tape clean?(8 posts)

keeping bar tape clean?eddieH
Aug 13, 2001 11:13 AM
Just a stupid little question...

I have yellow tape (cinelli) that, I think, looks good on my bike. The only problem is that it always turns black after a month or so... is there anyway of cleaning bar tape or something (short of replacing it)?

just buy a fingernail brushjw25
Aug 13, 2001 11:40 AM
They're little brushes, about an inch by 3, to get grease and dirt out from under the nails. Try one of those smelly soap places in the mall. Then, just wet it, add a few drops of dishwashing soap, and scrub away. Then wipe off the suds with a clean rag, rinse the tape, and you should be looking good.
why bother?alex the engineer
Aug 13, 2001 11:56 AM
I find that dirty tape grips better than clean tape. One of my bikes now has Velox cloth tape (black, but I'm looking for some dark blue-if anybody can help me?) with rosin (like gymnasts use) on it for grip. Great for hill climbing!
uh, try WASHING itD'Ohhh!!!
Aug 13, 2001 11:59 AM
soap and water and a sponge work great- AMAZING, huh?!
Simple GreenPCH cruisin
Aug 13, 2001 12:24 PM
Spray on a little simple green, brush it a little... like barnd new.

Switch to black.grzy mnky
Aug 13, 2001 1:51 PM
My black tape looks very clean - even though it's been through hell and is full of dirt. Try the citrus based degreaser recommended in the Pedros Pit Kit - it gets rid of all kinds of scrunge. Personally I don't like the film that Simple Green leaves behind.
Waterless hand cleanerSpoke Wrench
Aug 14, 2001 6:29 AM
Something like GoJo. I try to get the stuff without the pumice although the pumice doesn't seem to do any damage. Just smear it all over the tape and hose it off. Takes me maybe one minute to do both sides. I have white Cinelli tape on my Klein.
re: keeping bar tape clean?mackgoo
Aug 14, 2001 6:01 PM
Try washing your hands. Really though a little discoloration shows you actually use the bike. If it gets too bad replace it.