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Old 02-22-10, 06:02 PM
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Any ideas for keeping white white?

I really like the cheapo Hunt-Wilde bartape - it's what I know, and I like how it looks - but the white stuff turns yellow. My bike looks so cool with all gleaming white extras against the black paint job.

I am either bare-handed or using wool mittens with little black rubber dots on them. I've tried cloth but that gets dirty in minutes. Tried shellac and varnish - that made it yellow and the little black dots on my gloves stained the cloth.

Cork rips too easy and looks like crap.

Does anyone use white tape that stays clean?

Any ideas for either cleaning it, or some other product that would give the same effect (ie cheap plastic bartape...) I would settle for the cloth look, too, but it has to stay clean.
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Old 02-22-10, 06:21 PM
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i have some profile design tape that so far has held up and not shown dirt badly.... it hasn't seen a good summer's riding yet though. I've only ridden on the trainer while it's cold and snowing.
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The white, thick, vinyl stuff that's been recently made will clean off quite well. It's relatively cheap, but one of my favorites. Can't remember who makes it though.
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Old 02-22-10, 06:54 PM
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Fizik Microtex in white. Cleans real easy.
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As as keeping it white, I never wear gloves and my white Cinelli cork often got pretty grey, pretty fast. I used some Wesley's Bleche-White, on a toothbrush, applied to the wet handlebar wrap. I was careful to rinse it off of any metal part immediately (not good for anodized rims). I'd scrub it up foamy, rinse off any excess on the wheels, etc, then let it sit a few minutes, and rinse. I typically have to do this every two weeks if I ride the bike every day. If I ride it 2-3x a week, I do it once a month at the most. 5 minutes, max. I doubt this makes the cork last any longer, but it's got to be better than sweat sitting on the cork day after day.
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As as keeping it white, I never wear gloves and my white Cinelli cork often got pretty grey, pretty fast. I used some Wesley's Bleche-White, on a toothbrush, applied to the wet handlebar wrap. I was careful to rinse it off of any metal part immediately (not good for anodized rims). I'd scrub it up foamy, rinse off any excess on the wheels, etc, then let it sit a few minutes, and rinse. I typically have to do this every two weeks if I ride the bike every day. If I ride it 2-3x a week, I do it once a month at the most. 5 minutes, max. I doubt this makes the cork last any longer, but it's got to be better than sweat sitting on the cork day after day.
I scrubbed down mine, too. Wiped it with solvents. Soaked it in diluted bleach... I am looking for something less cumbersome as I am an American, and, ergo, lazy, or so I have read onthe internet. I am constantly messing with my bars, too, so when I put the tape back on it looks streaked since the discoloration is only on the exposed surfaces and I never get it back on the same.

At somepoint, someone is going to say 'change to black...' I guess soiled bartape is the price you pay for white.

DRietz; I was looking at that Fiztek stuff - what do you use to clean it?
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I run white Fizik on all my bikes that get ridden a lot. It's easily cleaned by spraying Simple Green on a soft rag and "shoe-shining" the bars.

Fizik comes in "smooth" or "sticky" textures, can't remember what they call it. But the smooth is easier to keep clean.
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I use this stuff by PRO (Shimano):

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/ppgtp...ar_tape/pp.htm

It looks like leather, with nice perforations (that get dirty themselves), feels like half-decent fake leather or lowish quality real leather, wrap up real thin if you want, and clean up nicely. Here's how it looks on the Noodles on my Bianchi:

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I scrubbed down mine, too. Wiped it with solvents. Soaked it in diluted bleach... I am looking for something less cumbersome as I am an American, and, ergo, lazy, or so I have read onthe internet. I am constantly messing with my bars, too, so when I put the tape back on it looks streaked since the discoloration is only on the exposed surfaces and I never get it back on the same.

At somepoint, someone is going to say 'change to black...' I guess soiled bartape is the price you pay for white.

DRietz; I was looking at that Fiztek stuff - what do you use to clean it?
I often encounter that when re-using white. I simply clean it twice, let it dry in the sun between. Again, I don't ride my white bars daily. I rotate bikes a lot. Maybe you should get a few more bikes?
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+1 Fizik Microtex white
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I rotate bikes a lot. Maybe you should get a few more bikes?
Thanks for the helpful suggestion! I'll forward it to my wife!
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I scrubbed down mine, too. Wiped it with solvents. Soaked it in diluted bleach... I am looking for something less cumbersome as I am an American, and, ergo, lazy, or so I have read onthe internet. I am constantly messing with my bars, too, so when I put the tape back on it looks streaked since the discoloration is only on the exposed surfaces and I never get it back on the same.

At somepoint, someone is going to say 'change to black...' I guess soiled bartape is the price you pay for white.

DRietz; I was looking at that Fiztek stuff - what do you use to clean it?
I haven't used Microtex yet, but I'd like to. I'm pretty sure it'll clean with a mildly wet cloth, and I'm sure you could clean it with whatever. A little bit of Simple Green might do the trick.
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I've found that Windex does a pretty good job of cleaning up White Bar tape (except for cork)

My problem with White is that I can keep my mitts grease-free until I'm 20 miles out and screw up a shift and drop the chain (because I'm a bonehead and didn't adjust one of the limits close enough)...then i'm guaranteed to grease on the white bar wrap
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I've found that Windex does a pretty good job of cleaning up White Bar tape (except for cork)

My problem with White is that I can keep my mitts grease-free until I'm 20 miles out and screw up a shift and drop the chain (because I'm a bonehead and didn't adjust one of the limits close enough)...then i'm guaranteed to grease on the white bar wrap
If you use your front derailleur to put your chain back on your hands will stay clean.
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My tape is yellowing, and it happens fairly fast. Don't worry about stains so much. Maybe it's becaseu I'm using vintage tape. My cables tend to yellow, too - they are cheapo housings.
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I know it is not in the spirit of this thread, but I actually really like the grimy brown "usage" look.
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I know it is not in the spirit of this thread, but I actually really like the grimy brown "usage" look.


This.

Although the PRO tape cleans up nice I've only bothered to do it once. Same for the white Regal. Saddles and bars look better used.
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For something that never gets dirty I would have to recommend the white vinyl tape on my UO-8. Same stuff I used back in the day. No idea what brand it is though. It's been on there a few years. If it gets dirty a little all-surface spray cleaner does the trick. The Bottecchia Gran Turismo rolls with white cloth tape with ultra blonde dewaxed shellac. It starts off white (just a little off white really) and ends up kind of dirty by the end of a ride from sweat and me wiping my nose on my hand/glove (eeeuuuuwww ). Spray some Windex on there and scrub it off and voila! it's white again.



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The 2 methods suggested here (Pledge or Dawn) have worked well for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4ByT...om=PL&index=11
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
I've found that Windex does a pretty good job of cleaning up White Bar tape (except for cork)

My problem with White is that I can keep my mitts grease-free until I'm 20 miles out and screw up a shift and drop the chain (because I'm a bonehead and didn't adjust one of the limits close enough)...then i'm guaranteed to grease on the white bar wrap

Oddly enough, dirt is decent at cleaning grime off your hands. Rub your hands in soil for a minute, then wipe them against each other.
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