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What color bar tape for new bike.(24 posts)

What color bar tape for new bike.toronto-rider
Sep 8, 2003 8:04 AM
What color bar tape should I go with this frame, I originally chose gray but was thinking white might look nicer. What color would you chose?
re: What color bar tape for new bike.Mudman
Sep 8, 2003 8:12 AM
IMO Carbon fiber "look" tape at Colorado Cyclist or black. Sweet frame too
Black.. stays cleaner longer for some reason.....nmSpunout
Sep 8, 2003 8:25 AM
yup nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 8, 2003 8:39 AM
it doesnt stay any cleanercollinsc
Sep 8, 2003 9:14 AM
you just cant tell when its filthy
shhh, you're ruining my buzz nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 8, 2003 9:17 AM
Don't go with whiteKristin
Sep 8, 2003 8:35 AM
Everytime I've met someone with white bar tape, the tape is always nasty looking. It gets built up with dirt and dye from your gloves pretty quickly. I agree with Mudman, stay with a dark grey or black tape. Nice bike.
i'd get white. nmSteve_0
Sep 8, 2003 8:42 AM
Black and yellow splashMR_GRUMPY
Sep 8, 2003 8:45 AM
once youv'e had black.....doped
Sep 8, 2003 8:54 AM
you never go back.
Celeste. nmOldEdScott
Sep 8, 2003 9:12 AM
that's disgusting!gtx
Sep 8, 2003 10:36 AM
but I kind of like it...
I'm serious. MY LBS accidentally ordered aOldEdScott
Sep 8, 2003 10:41 AM
big stash of Celeste tape. After pondering the notion for several days, I bought some and put it on a charcoal gray retro bike. The result was kinda spectacular. Best tape color of that bike's long & tape-experimental lifetime
ZebraFred Fredricks
Sep 8, 2003 9:21 AM
Neat pattern from Cinelle
yellow, black, grey, some combo thereof, but NOT white!!_rt_
Sep 8, 2003 9:27 AM
in 2 rides your white will be brownish-gray where ever you rest your hand. not pretty!

yellow is a little better, but still shows dirt. black, grey, or some yellow/black/grey combo would be best and least likely to show all the dirt & bugs.

Go white young man!MShaw
Sep 8, 2003 9:42 AM
Go buy the tape without a sticky backing, then when it gets dirty, just re-wrap using the other side. Presto, chango, "new" bar wrap without spending an extra dime!

I find that I get 2-3 months out of my white wrap before it gets too dirty to stand. Flip it over, and you get another 2-3 months.

You want the best looking bike out there, right? The pros use white tape, right? Well, there ya go! Just do us a favor and don't use white cable housing.

That help?

re: What color bar tape for new bike.hudsonite
Sep 8, 2003 9:53 AM
I would probably go with yellow tape and yellow highlights on the tires. If that does not work, go with black tape and maybe pickup the yellow in a black seat with yellow highlights.

White does not wear well and will look dirty quickly.
Left side red, right side blue. nmtorquecal
Sep 8, 2003 10:19 AM
Never get white bar tapepmf1
Sep 8, 2003 11:04 AM
It looks terrible within a few weeks.

I'd go with black and yellow splatters. The black hides dirt and the yellow will go with the decals on the frame.
Why I like whiteJFR
Sep 8, 2003 11:43 AM
I have 1400 miles on my first round with white bar tape. I don't obsess about keeping it clean, but I do avoid grabbing the bars with greasy/dirty hands.

From afar, they just look white; up close they have developed a slightly worn-in look. Not "dirty" in my eyes. I like the way they look on an otherwise spotless bike. It adds personality to the bike and shows it's really ridden, not (just) a trophy piece. I look forward to my tape "wearing-in" more.

It's kinda like seeing a race car in a museum and noticing wear marks on the seat and steering wheel... the car is that much more "real" because you can SEE where somebody sat and steered the beast.

I've seen very nice bikes before with worn-in white tape and the bikes were somehow that much cooler to me.

Then again, maybe I've just been watching too much Shabby Chic with Lisa... darn HGTV
Get some yellow tires w/ yellow tape.Mazinger
Sep 8, 2003 12:07 PM
I have blue tires and blue tape on an orange bike. :)
Get some yellow tires w/ yellow tape.Bill B
Sep 8, 2003 3:58 PM
I used to have a hard and fast rule that ALL bikes have a black saddle and white tape. I'm older and mellower now and allow the tape to match the decal color but NEVER EVER black. Black tape tells me the owner is lazy and has no style. The dirtiest white tape always looks better than new black tape. If all the shop had was black tape I'd wrap my bars with masking tape. I'd quit the sport before I'd use black tape.

A friend of mine has the same bike with yellow tape and black/yellow Vittoria CX tires, looks great.
grey or yellow . . .nmbm
Sep 8, 2003 3:59 PM
Yellow bar tapecoonass
Sep 8, 2003 6:00 PM
black tyres/black rims.....