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How do you keep white bar tape clean?(11 posts)

How do you keep white bar tape clean?pedalpete
May 5, 2003 1:06 PM
I was thinking about getting some nice white bar tape on my new ride.
Anybody know how difficult it is to keep it clean? Is there any point if it is going to turn into an ugly brownish-grey.

Same goes for white on black tires.

What do you say guys? Any tips?
not possiblelaffeaux
May 5, 2003 1:10 PM
Unless you never ride your bike, or put zip lock bags around your bars it's impossible to keep them clean. If you must have white tape, be prepared to change your tape often if you need the "clean" look.
Maybe with vinyl, no way with corkMike Prince
May 5, 2003 2:29 PM
You may have a shot with vinyl tape. That can be scrubbed. Cork will be dingy 5 seconds after you put it on. Tires will stay clean if you clean them with a scrub brush after every ride.

Don't bother. Black tires always look good and colored bar tape should look OK for at least a month or two depending how much you ride.
try Bleche-WhiteFunston
May 5, 2003 3:15 PM
This stuff you can find at the local auto parts store. Haven't used it on bar tape so no guarantees, but it's great on whitewall tires and filthy plastics. Make sure to rinse thoroughly though. I have a feeling youre going to use it often.
re: How do you keep white bar tape clean?Spoiler
May 5, 2003 3:58 PM
White bar tape can be cleaned with mild soap and a wash cloth. One benefit is that you can see when your tape is dirty and covered with sweat/oil that affects your grip, so you know when to clean it. Cleaning cork tape improves the grip 100%.
People with black tape may be 1/4 inch of salt and road grime camoflaged find that the dirt gets transfered onto their gloves then onto their clothes. They wonder how they keep getting dirty.
May 8, 2003 4:48 AM
Soap, washcloth and elbowgrease will do nicely indeed. Use plenty of it and rub hard enough and long enough. Even the black chain greasemarks will disappear in the end. Surprisingly strong stuff that cork is.
re: How do you keep white bar tape clean?markkar
May 5, 2003 5:52 PM
I have white Profile cork tape on my fixed gear and just cleaned it the other day. I used some 409 in a bucket of hot water with a sponge. Took off black glove marks pretty well.
Easy - as long as you are using glovesFez
May 5, 2003 7:56 PM
I had white bar tape some time in the 90s. If you use clean gloves (I wash my gloves after every 3rd ride or so), the bar tape stays clean. In fact, once I got some dust and grease on it and I found the glove cleaned it all off on my next ride.

The only thing that may shorten the life of white tape is riding in the rain. I had the tape on for almost 2 years and I replaced it just because I was sick of it.

That said, I still prefer black tape and I probably will always use black or dark grey tape from now on.
... and never brush a tire nmDougSloan
May 6, 2003 6:36 AM
... or never have a flat tire nmDINOSAUR
May 6, 2003 8:26 AM
Buddy of mineTrekFurthur
May 9, 2003 5:43 AM
swears by Crest and an old toothbrush!