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    Domestic Domestique UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
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    Cleaning handlebar tape?

    I'm looking to the OCD foosters for this. My Bianchi has white tape and Betty (my Trek racer) has yellow. Is there a way I can keep this tape clean? Should I just change my tape more often (like once a week)? I haven't tried anything because I'm worried about degradation of the foam. Please help, my babies are dirty!

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    I buy new white tape for my Bianchi every month.

    I'm OCD (diagnosed in 2001). I simply can't live with something that doesn't look like it does when I bought it.
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    I just use very diluted citrus solv on the celeste tape, about half strength of what I use on the chain.

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    I just let it be dirty and then replace it after a while.

    Maybe I'll try the citrus solv though, thanks steve!

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    I don't mind the dirty, grungie look. It gives the bike character. In fact, I don't like the look of clean looking bar tape.

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    Domestic Domestique UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
    I don't mind the dirty, grungie look. It gives the bike character. In fact, I don't like the look of clean looking bar tape.
    It use to not bother me, but I just rebuilt both of the bikes. The Bianchi was just time stripping her down an then lubing everything and putting her back together, but I spent around $800 on components for Betty and then all the time and energy rebuilding her. I even went to the extent of only buying new 2006 model year parts for her because newer components didn't look good at all. So I just want to make sure my babies are clean and happy

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    another cat...FAB! stevesurf's Avatar
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    Oh wait...I just realized...so you folks have cloth tape or vinyl? Don't use the solvent on cloth!

    BTW, I've been doing this for about a year now on the same Fizik tape; Zep also works well:



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    black handlebar tape FTW!
    dirty? know one can tell.

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    I spray it down with windex, let it soak a minute, and give it some elbow grease.

    tape's fine so far...

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    There used to a white wall tire cleaner call Bleche White that I used on my pimp teal colored trek with white bar tape and white saddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    black handlebar tape FTW!
    dirty? know one can tell.
    Oh but it does get icky and has a gunky feeling (to me anyway). I've been changing my black tape out once a year - depending on how much roadriding I've been doing anyway - so far this year I've doubled what I've put on my roadie in the last two years - but has new bar tape.

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