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how to clean white handlebar tape???

Old 03-27-07, 10:19 PM
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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
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Old 03-27-07, 10:32 PM
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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.
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Old 03-27-07, 10:33 PM
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curious to see the advice here myself...

I heard tooth paste can work.

(did you search the forums by the way)
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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.
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Old 03-27-07, 10:40 PM
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buy new stuff. i usually get 5 or 6 rolls at a time and replace when dirty
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Old 03-27-07, 10:42 PM
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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
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Old 03-27-07, 10:54 PM
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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
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Old 03-27-07, 10:59 PM
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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.
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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.
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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
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Old 03-27-07, 11:06 PM
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Mine are Celeste (light green) and starting to show dirt and wear....frankly I like the utilitarian look of worn/dirty tape.
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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...
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Fast Orange... with pumice

worked for me.
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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-
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simple green
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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.
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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.
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Old 03-28-07, 07:42 AM
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simple green and a toothbrush work good, i find a little toothpaste works even better.
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Don't touch your grip tape in the first place.
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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.
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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....
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 03-28-07, 08:50 AM
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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.
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