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Shellac, baby! 6 26.09%
No way, I like my t-shirt tape plain 8 34.78%
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Old 12-10-05, 11:22 PM   #1
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White Velox bar tape

Should I shellac it or leave it bare? I just made a pilgrimage up to SF and stopped by American Cyclery. Picked up a nice Bianchi cycling cap for a mere $8, and found the holy grail of track cycling: white cotton tape. Velox, none the less. So, I bought it, and am waiting to tape up the bars. Standard non-ergo bend road bars, currently running virgin black tape. I wear gloves mostly, and could make it a regular thing to keep the white clean. So, what do you think would be best?
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Old 12-10-05, 11:28 PM   #2
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Everything looks better dirty.
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word. i buy white **** for the sole purpose of getting it dirty. street cred and all that.
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Old 12-10-05, 11:31 PM   #4
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White is very hard to keep clean - especially if you want to keep that "new" look. I went from black to blue/yellow Cinelli tape - it lasted about a week or so before it started looking really shabby, even though I wear gloves when I ride. I changed back to black back in August. I rode the bike up to the end of the good weather, and I use it every other day on the trainer - the tape still looks almost brand new. Go with black or a dark colour.

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Old 12-11-05, 12:01 AM   #6
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Yeah. I put black tape on all my bikes. I've been digging cotton tape wrapped over cork lately. Kinda 'spensive to do, but it holds up really well and feels great.
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Heck, guys, white looks really sharp and everyone thinks that you must change it every night. What does anyone care if you actually DO change it every night to keep it looking so nice? Shellacking cloth tape doesn't really help that much in keeping it clean and beer will soften the shellac so it doesn't harden up again properly (if that matters to you). But why not have that great look of white.

Now white Velox handlebar tape is very retro, but it actually isn't very comfortable. It isn't as non-slip as it looks, it transmits every bit of road vibration, and because it's thin the wrapped handlebar will be thinner than usual, which also exacerbates any discomfort. As soon as better products were available, you'll notice that cloth handlebar tape died a very quick death. There are nice white bar tapes -- check out the Stella Azurra Eleganza, with a leather-like stitch down the middle, for about $18 a roll. It feels good, lasts forever, cleans well, and is WHITE. Frankly I'll go for the retro appeal of toe clips and straps (I race track with them anyway), or five-speed close-ratio freewheels, or downtube shifters, but I draw the line at early plastic Unicanitor saddles and at Velox bar tape. Get real. Some stuff just didn't work all that well.
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Dude, I love my Velox tape! I run it on all my bikes!
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Old 12-11-05, 02:07 AM   #9
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tell em what to do , what to think....until the world is all like them.
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Just did it. Looks hot. No shellac for now.
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Old 12-11-05, 02:42 AM   #11
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Right idea. I love Velox. It's cheap...when you've got a wedding to go to, replace.
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Only problem is I can't find white anywhere in town. Does someone know if QBP carries Velox tape?
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Marcus at Yojimbo's has plenty...email him, stock up.
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I already smudged it. So I hit with some bleach pen action.
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do it right and shellac those suckers.

I can't get velox tape in white but have seen lots
of white tressoplast down here.

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i'm forgainst it.

why is this the holy grail of track cycling? isn't that stuff just basically hockey tape?
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I already smudged it. So I hit with some bleach pen action.

hahaha. good luck keeping the tape clean! seriously. face it, eventually they will turn slightly gray-ish. eveything that comes into contact with them will cause the color to change - gloves, weather, bare hands, etc.
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hahaha. good luck keeping the tape clean! seriously. face it, eventually they will turn slightly gray-ish. eveything that comes into contact with them will cause the color to change - gloves, weather, bare hands, etc.
I know, I just figured since I haven't even ridden with them yet, I might as well have it be super clean.
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Just finished the 3rd layer of shellac. Lookin' good! It yellows the tape a little, but in a good way.
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NOOOOOO!!!! I love dirty white tape. Street cred - it means you RIDE the bike. I used to have the grimiest white benotto tape on my bars in college and I am missing it. This post makes me want to strip off that black cork stuff I have on there now and put on some nice clean white cotton tape, then get my hand really dirty and mess 'em up.
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i've used the velox/ shellac setup before. the shellac will get dirty, and flaunt your cred. but unlike the cloth, you can clean it.
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Heck, guys, white looks really sharp and everyone thinks that you must change it every night. What does anyone care if you actually DO change it every night to keep it looking so nice? Shellacking cloth tape doesn't really help that much in keeping it clean and beer will soften the shellac so it doesn't harden up again properly (if that matters to you). But why not have that great look of white.

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I tend to like cloth tape in winter and cork tape in summer. Cloth over cork isn't a bad idea.
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