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Old 07-02-13, 11:31 PM
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White Bar Tape That Stays White

I'm wrapping some bars with white tape. Is there a brand or type of white tape that you find resists getting grotty, and cleans up nicely? For example, I'm worried that Cinelli cork or traditional cloth, the tapes I have most often used, will get dirty quickly. Or, should I just use the cheapest darn white tape and re-tape frequently?
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Old 07-02-13, 11:37 PM
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I'm having spectacular luck with Fizik.
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whatever's on my SR, i just get a towel, throw some soap, water, bleach and go to town. but, my tape is kinda like leather or old school tennis racquet grip. i have no idea what brand it is. was on the bike when i bought it.
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Old 07-03-13, 07:22 AM
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With tape, the only way you're really going to get a "white that stays white" is with a glassy coated kind of tape. Fizik - and I believe a couple of other companies as well - manage this with some perforated setups, but gloss is usually avoided out of interest for comfort.

but OTOH, I've found that tape doesn't really get all that dirty too quickly, and the white will continue to "pop" against the bike at first glance for a while even after it would appear to be a little dirty to you (you're going to be examining it way closer than most people will).

I would suggest getting the white tape that you like best for comfort and just do your best to keep it clean along the way. You can clean it a little if it gets bad, but I think you'd be surprised by how long it keeps an acceptable color.
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Old 07-03-13, 12:01 PM
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Lizard skins cleans up nice. Use Mr.Clean magic erasers on them to make them look like new. Works amazingly well on white saddles too.
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Old 07-03-13, 06:30 PM
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I thought the grime on the tape was a symbol of accomplishment? I personally go with camo pattern in any colour. Dirt just blends in.
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If you want to keep white tape clean, then use long finger gloves and wash them between rides; the only caveat is when you have a flat tire or other mechanical you'll need to use carry some latex style gloves (they wad up very small) and put them on over your riding gloves and then remove them after your done ..It may sound like a hassle, but it's really no big deal. I also carry latex gloves when there is a threat of rain to keep my gloves dry.

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Get some gloves with white palms.
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I got Fizik perforated white tape. Seems like it will look appropriate to the bike, and clean up nicely.
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Deda Carbon tape would clean up well, I guess (I've only used the black stuff); it has a glossy finish but it feels nice because of the carbon weave texture on it.

It's pretty tough, wraps top-down well (no edge curling), and it's really cheap, just saw it for $7.
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Synthetic leather tapes will clean up quickly but retain some of the burnished feel that comes with time in the saddle.
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I gave up on the white tape. Got tired of cleaning it.

Went to silver.
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Originally Posted by gyozadude View Post
I thought the grime on the tape was a symbol of accomplishment? I personally go with camo pattern in any colour. Dirt just blends in.
I like it.
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Fizik FTW. Proven to stay clean for a long time and easy to tidy up if it does start to get a bit off-white.
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