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    Is This Normal?

    I picked up my new Sectour Elite Saturday and it's a thrill to ride. My wife sees the bike and immediately points
    to my handlebars, " What's that?"
    I tell her it's the plastic wrapping covering the WHITE handlebar tape.
    " Oh, uh, that's got to come off," she insists.
    I tell her I don't want to remove the plastic because I don't want to dirty the WHITE bar tape. It looks so pretty.
    " No, no, you can't be serious? " " You're kidding me, right?"
    " I am serious. I'm going to leave it as long as it's feasible."
    And then it comes," There's something wrong with you." " Remove that plastic right now!" " Are you some kind of
    nut?" " Are you a dweeb?" " I'm gonna take it off......" "' Don't you dare touch it!"
    So, what's the verdict--off with the wrap or leave it alone and , is there something wrong with me?

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    Listen to you wife.......
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    Remove the tape, please. Dweeb does not begin to describe this one. You'll thank her later.

    Bill
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    Welcome to BF and 50+ and especially thanks for bringing this important dilemma to our attention.
    Listen to the wise advice found here.

    Don't forget to remove any stickers that may be on your wheels. Ask your SO first, of course.
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    I suspect that it will come off very quickly on it's own. It's not a problem either way.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    you take care of your stuff and she takes care of her stuff.

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    Most bar tape can be easily cleaned. Picking gravel out of your hide from the accident caused by you hands slipping off the bars is a bit more difficult
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    Quote Originally Posted by freedomrider1 View Post
    She takes care of your stuff and she takes care of her stuff.
    FIFY

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    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    you might be right qcpmsame.I lost my head for a moment, thanks

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    Peel Bill or she may kill Bill.
    Last edited by LarryCrowne; 06-24-12 at 07:08 PM. Reason: nosey

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryCrowne View Post
    Peel Bill or she may kill Bill.

    Oh heck I thought your name was Bill : ) I don't know how I got that.

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    Fred,
    And that must be your real name - if you want to protect your image, keep the plastic wrap on.
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    Take it off, clean the bar tape when it gets dirty. Several videos on cleaning bar tape on you tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by freedomrider1 View Post
    you take care of your stuff and she takes care of her stuff.
    But, being married, your stuff is her stuff. Though her stuff is not your stuff.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
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    Take the covering off quickly, if you haven't already. And be very thankful for having such a wonderful wife.

    Rick / OCRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Remove the tape, please. Dweeb does not begin to describe this one. You'll thank her later.

    Bill
    And take to the clear plastic cover off your couch while you're at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesZ View Post
    I picked up my new Sectour Elite Saturday and it's a thrill to ride. My wife sees the bike and immediately points
    to my handlebars, " What's that?"
    I tell her it's the plastic wrapping covering the WHITE handlebar tape.
    " Oh, uh, that's got to come off," she insists.
    I tell her I don't want to remove the plastic because I don't want to dirty the WHITE bar tape. It looks so pretty.
    " No, no, you can't be serious? " " You're kidding me, right?"
    " I am serious. I'm going to leave it as long as it's feasible."
    And then it comes," There's something wrong with you." " Remove that plastic right now!" " Are you some kind of
    nut?" " Are you a dweeb?" " I'm gonna take it off......" "' Don't you dare touch it!"
    So, what's the verdict--off with the wrap or leave it alone and , is there something wrong with me?
    The best way to protect white handlebar tape is to cover it with black handlebar tape.

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    Depending on your nature, there are two ways to approach white handlebar tape. Both require removing the clear covering first.

    Option 1:
    1) Ride bike
    2) Clean bike
    3) Repeat

    Option 2:
    1) Ride bike
    2) Repeat

    I'm going to guess you're an option 1 kind of guy.
    What is bicycle touring?
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    Remove plastic. Compliment wife on her cycling insight. Collect resulting brownie points from wife for when N+1 occurs.

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    If you have to ask, you have no business having this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    If you have to ask, you have no business having this bike.
    ^ ^^^^^^ what he said!!!! ^^^^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesZ View Post
    ... is there something wrong with me?
    Nothing that one of these wouldn't fix:

    Spine.jpg

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    White Tape? Best thing for that is a tin of black paint

    wife.jpg

    And no pics as of yet- Hopefully it has already been posted in the N+1 thread.
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