Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 47
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Nor Cal
    Posts
    382
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    how to clean white handlebar tape???

    they used to be white as snow, now they're gray lol. just curious, how do I clean it without removing or replacing perfectly fine handlebar tape? water doesn't work
    Congressman Earl Blumenauer once said: "Let's have a minute's silence for all those Americans who are currently sitting in traffic on the way to the gym to ride a stationary bicycle."

  2. #2
    Writin' stuff ZeCanon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Posts
    3,779
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Dont' use white handlebar tape in the first place.

    If you must, buy the kind with a more plasticy (I know, very scientific description) surface so you can wipe it off easier.
    Velo Magazine/VeloNews.com tech guy get in touch or hit me on the tweeter @CaleyFretz

  3. #3
    ~ Going the Distance ~ powerglide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Hermosa Beach, CA
    My Bikes
    2006 Bianchi Carbon 928, 2002 Gary Fisher Utopia
    Posts
    1,182
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    curious to see the advice here myself...

    I heard tooth paste can work.

    (did you search the forums by the way)
    Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

  4. #4
    I miss my bike. GatorFL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Jax, FL
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, S-Works Transition
    Posts
    408
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I used hot water and a little Dawn yesterday....worked great. Not perfect, but pretty close. I have Specialized wrap if that means anything to you. If you have Cinelli, I think you're SOL. It's a bit more absorbant and I always had trouble cleaning it up.

  5. #5
    Somewhere in CA
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    814
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    buy new stuff. i usually get 5 or 6 rolls at a time and replace when dirty

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Nor Cal
    Posts
    382
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by GatorFL
    I used hot water and a little Dawn yesterday....worked great. Not perfect, but pretty close. I have Specialized wrap if that means anything to you. If you have Cinelli, I think you're SOL. It's a bit more absorbant and I always had trouble cleaning it up.
    Really? sick...I have specialized wrap too that came on my bike in white
    Congressman Earl Blumenauer once said: "Let's have a minute's silence for all those Americans who are currently sitting in traffic on the way to the gym to ride a stationary bicycle."

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    My Bikes
    06' Specialized Allez elite Triple
    Posts
    179
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yup same here.. i just gotta live with it until i get some more.. prob some red and black stuff.. for the most part i just use gloves and it doesnt get dirty

  8. #8
    riding once again jschen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    My Bikes
    '06 Cervelo R3, '05 Specialized Allez
    Posts
    7,360
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by GatorFL
    I used hot water and a little Dawn yesterday....worked great. Not perfect, but pretty close.
    I do something similar with my Deda Elementi white bar tape. Wet a paper towel and add a touch of Dawn. Scrubb. Wet another paper towel just with water and scrubb. Scrubb with a dry paper towel.
    If you notice this notice then you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.

  9. #9
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    United States
    My Bikes
    roadbikes and full-suspension mountainbikes
    Posts
    1,929
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The oldtimers used to put a coating of shellac on cotton tape. As far as modern cork tape, wearing gloves helps keep it fresh. Replacing before each season seems reasonable.

  10. #10
    Have bike. Will travel. Sirrobinofcoxly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    -=Toronto=-
    My Bikes
    '06 Orbea Orca, '03 Rocky Mountain Vertex 70, '05 Surly Steamroller, '06 Fetish Fixation
    Posts
    2,157
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My white tape lasted me all year, and only looked a little dirty (considering). I think it just gives you something to look forward to in the spring.

    Mmmm, fresh new tape

  11. #11
    ~ Going the Distance ~ powerglide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Hermosa Beach, CA
    My Bikes
    2006 Bianchi Carbon 928, 2002 Gary Fisher Utopia
    Posts
    1,182
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Mine are Celeste (light green) and starting to show dirt and wear....frankly I like the utilitarian look of worn/dirty tape.
    Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

  12. #12
    Senior Member dauphin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    California
    Posts
    2,993
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by powerglide
    Mine are Celeste (light green) and starting to show dirt and wear....frankly I like the utilitarian look of worn/dirty tape.
    I have about 1400 mile on my celeste tape...it's a bit dirty...but the gloves minimize it. Nothing is going to look pristine if it's been used as intended..that' for show rooms and brochures...

  13. #13
    Certifiable Bike "Expert"
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    5,573
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fast Orange... with pumice

    worked for me.
    I don't even use the offensive term "Fred." -- Sheldon "All Cyclists Are My Friends" Brown (1944-2008)

  14. #14
    Member mech2o4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Covina, California
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez Elite
    Posts
    33
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    honestly any degreaser will get it looking close to brand new... just spray it on, let it soak a minute, then use a rag to rub it off. works on my specialized-

  15. #15
    G60
    G60 is offline
    Senior Member G60's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    546
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    simple green

  16. #16
    Senior Member whitemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,769
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use Deda white tape, great stuff. Just cleaned mine last night after riding all winter long on it. Wet bars spray Simple Green on tooth brush and scrub it in and then rinse off. Looks brand new. Take off front wheel first so you don't have to wipe down your wheel. Life's too short to ride with black tape all the time.

  17. #17
    Long-time Curmudgeon DrPete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Still here
    Posts
    17,387
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    1. Unwrap white tape from handlebars.
    2. Insert white bar tape into the cylindrical white bar tape cleaning machine. This is sometimes affectionately nicknamed the "trash can."
    3. Go to LBS and buy a color of bar tape that doesn't require cleaning to not look like crap.
    4. Apply new bar tape.

    By following these 4 easy steps, you'll never need to clean bar tape ever again.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

  18. #18
    Senior Member Surferbruce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles/Aveyron France
    Posts
    5,308
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    simple green and a toothbrush work good, i find a little toothpaste works even better.

  19. #19
    ....
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Philly
    Posts
    158
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Don't touch your grip tape in the first place.

  20. #20
    Senior Member VanceMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Socal
    Posts
    4,093
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    First, start with fresh gloves when you install the white tape. If your old gloves were used on black tape, they probably are have built up a coating of black residue. This one step made a huge difference for me.

    Second, rag + Simple Green. Scrubbing is fine, but I have found it more efficient to use a shoe-shine type motion (grab rag at both ends and pop up and down). My Deda tape stays very clean with pretty little effort.

  21. #21
    The mods changed this... damocles1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    2,348
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Cleaning your bartape with any soap or solvent is possibly the dumbest sh*t I've ever heard of. Cleaners/solvents will soak into the tape and once the tape is wet (sweat, rain, whatever) again, they will begin to leach out. Now it's on your hands and in your gloves.

    Rub your face (eyes, nose, mouth...) and you've just wiped solvents into your mucous membranes.

    Tape is cheap. When it's too dirty for you to stand, re-wrap your bars....

  22. #22
    Custom User Title Quijibo187's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Winnipeg, Canada
    My Bikes
    2006 Marin Stelvio, 1990s Steve Bauer, Marin Palisades Trail
    Posts
    1,911
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I know it sounds weird, but try WD-40. (do a test spot first to see if you like how it works) Works fine for me.
    "An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it."
    -Jef Mallett
    http://winnipegcyclist.blogspot.com/

  23. #23
    Faster but still slow slowandsteady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Jersey
    My Bikes
    Trek 830 circa 1993 and a Fuji WSD Finest 1.0 2006
    Posts
    5,979
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by damocles1
    Cleaning your bartape with any soap or solvent is possibly the dumbest sh*t I've ever heard of. Cleaners/solvents will soak into the tape and once the tape is wet (sweat, rain, whatever) again, they will begin to leach out. Now it's on your hands and in your gloves.

    Rub your face (eyes, nose, mouth...) and you've just wiped solvents into your mucous membranes.

    Tape is cheap. When it's too dirty for you to stand, re-wrap your bars....

    As long as you rinse it well, it shouldn't be an issue any more than washing your clothes in a detergent is an issue.
    "Ride lots." -- Eddy Merckx

  24. #24
    Senior Member Surferbruce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles/Aveyron France
    Posts
    5,308
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Quijibo187
    I know it sounds weird, but try WD-40. (do a test spot first to see if you like how it works) Works fine for me.
    works too, as wd40 has lots of solvent.

  25. #25
    Senior Member Surferbruce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles/Aveyron France
    Posts
    5,308
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    As long as you rinse it well, it shouldn't be an issue any more than washing your clothes in a detergent is an issue.
    yep. non issue assuming you rinse it well.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •