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    How to remove tape goo from handlebars?

    I obtained an old bike that had handlebars on.. I unwrapped the tape and there was this gooey film left all over. I tried goo gone and it didn't seem to work so well. any suggestions for a fast way to remove this stuff??

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    Mineral spirits (paint thinner) worked for me. I wrapped the bars with paper towels, and soaked it for a while. It was still slow to remove. I think I used a nylon scrubber, too. But test it first.

    Or try your goo gone again, but put plastic wrap over it and let it sit for an hour.

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    WD-40 will often remove sticky glue residue... Although if goo gone didn't get it...WD-40 might not be a lot better. Worth a try, I suppose.

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    If it's just bare metal, use acetone (nail polish remover).

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    Why worry? When you re-wrap the bars with fresh tape, you will neither see nor feel that goo.

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    Isopropyl alcohol ("rubbing alcohol") tends to remove sticky residues as well as being readily available at any pharmacy, and cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coyote2 View Post
    Why worry? When you re-wrap the bars with fresh tape, you will neither see nor feel that goo.
    +1

    I use bar tape without adhesive. No problems.

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    A piece of Duck Tape works...just keep blotting the stick residue. If you don't mind the fumes, 3M Adhesive Remover(Home Depot carries it) will take that stuff off in seconds with little effort. Of course, it'll probably give you cancer too.

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    I couldn't re-wrap over goo. I'd always know it's there. No, I'm not a weight weenie, I'm OCD when it comes to forms of...goo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddorado View Post
    I couldn't re-wrap over goo. I'd always know it's there. No, I'm not a weight weenie, I'm OCD when it comes to forms of...goo.
    Wow. That's serious.

    I have all kinds of crap under my bar tape: cable covers, insulation tape, goo from previous insulation tape...

    Will you be able to sleep tonight with that in mind?
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    If you're that OCD, you could always just buy a new bar every time you need to rewrap it.

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    I've found that the best solution to dissolve adhesive of all types is one of the citrus degreaser formulas like Finish Line. This works well for anything sticky -- remnants of bar tape, getting the residue of parking stickers off the windshield, etc. Last night, I pulled an old chainstay guard off of a bike and used some Finish Line to clean away the remaining adhesive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddorado View Post
    I couldn't re-wrap over goo. I'd always know it's there. No, I'm not a weight weenie, I'm OCD when it comes to forms of...goo.
    Ah, so YOU'RE the guy who started that clean-the-original-gunk-off-a-new-chain-before-installing-it idea!

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    Oven cleaner might work, although admittedly I've never tried it. I'm in the wrap-over-it crowd. I also don't worry about the residue on my tubular rims, so at least I'm consistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kramnnim View Post
    WD-40 will often remove sticky glue residue... Although if goo gone didn't get it...WD-40 might not be a lot better. Worth a try, I suppose.
    +1.. WD-40. Don't know why it works so well, but it does. Good for cleaning dirty bearings too.
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    Use Bonty bar tape so you don't have to worry about the sticky goo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Gaunt View Post
    Wow. That's serious.

    I have all kinds of crap under my bar tape: cable covers, insulation tape, goo from previous insulation tape...

    Will you be able to sleep tonight with that in mind?
    He'll probably sneak in you garage and retape them.

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    blowtorch to burn the goo away, and sterilize the bars at the same time so no crawleys underneath the new tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Gaunt View Post
    Wow. That's serious.

    I have all kinds of crap under my bar tape: cable covers, insulation tape, goo from previous insulation tape...

    Will you be able to sleep tonight with that in mind?
    Bah! Yer killin' me! Naw, I'll be ok. I just re-wrapped all three of my bikes. I always double wrap, no adhesive, just a real tight wrap.

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    hey what ever works, but in the auto trade white gum mineral turpintine is the universal glue residue dis-solver. be carefull of solvents on aluminum, most of it has a finish applied even though it looks like bare metal. linseed oil sometimes works for me, also cheap shampoo and pre wash spray come in handy for a myrad of applications.
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