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White handlebar tape - how long before it gets not-so-white?

Old 08-07-07, 04:51 PM
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White handlebar tape - how long before it gets not-so-white?

Just a quick thread, because I couldn't find a very good archived thread on it:

White handlebar tape.... on average (or if it varies with the maker of the tape), how long does the tape last before it's not so white anymore, where it gets greyed or grody from the sweat, etc:.?
Would it start getting that way, if it does at all, around the time that someone would replace their tape anyway? Or does it happen earlier/faster than that...?

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Old 08-07-07, 04:56 PM
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Happens well before it needs replacing. Of course it varies with riders and rides overall. I have a buddy who has it and it is pretty bad already due to a couple of dropped chains. Mine on the other hand still looks OK to me but it is showing from "normal" riding and what comes with that...
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Probably depends on the type of tape.

I just installed some of that cheap generic foam/cork/whatever stuff, and it's already grey around the hoods after 200 miles. But, I guess it's washable. I'm just too lazy. Grey is the new white anyway. I'm not replacing it until it is no longer functional for grip/padding/etc. I'm not very OCP.
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I don't mind the look of dirty white tape so mine lasts a very long time. I think white tape look good when soiled...

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Using Performance white tape for the last 3 month (about 500 miles). Cleaning it with Clorox once a week. Still looks good.
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I wipe mine off with Simple Green on a sponge-- looks like new.
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keep a stick or find a stick to put that dropped chain back on, your whites will last longer
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
keep a stick or find a stick to put that dropped chain back on, your whites will last longer
If you drop your chain off the outside of the big ring, just shift your FD to the little ring, and slowly pedal until the chain catches.

If you drop your chain off the inside of the little ring, shift your FD to the big ring, and slowly pedal until the chain catches.

You'll never have to reach down to get a dropped chain...
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Whenever I see a bike with white tape that's actually white, my first thought is poser.

I just put blue tape on my fixed gear. It actually looks better now that it's not as bright.
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I tried blue Cinelli tape with yellow flecks on one of my road bikes; it lasted just over two weeks before it looked so ratty that I changed it back to black; that was nearly two years ago, and apart from a couple of scuffs it still looks almost as good as new.

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Originally Posted by ttopaz View Post
Using Performance white tape for the last 3 month (about 500 miles). Cleaning it with Clorox once a week. Still looks good.
This is my experience - about 500 to 600 miles before I sponge it off with a light dish soap/warm water mixture.

Well worth it to me, for the looks.
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My preference is for Cinelli cork tape, regardless of color. My white tape eventually gets dirty, but it's not the end of the world. I'm pretty obsessive about the whole bike looking clean, and there is something appealing about a gleaming bike yet some "weathered" tape. It looks cool.
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Deda Elementi white bar tape here. Stays pretty clean indefinitely with some mild washing. (Occasionally scrub with a wet paper towel with a touch of dishwashing soap, then a wet paper towel without soap, then a dry paper towel.) I change it out if I happen to feel like having absolutely pristine white bar tape for a special ride, but otherwise, it's good for months and months on end. Yeah, after a few months, it's a bit dirty in dim lighting even right after cleaning, but out in bright sunshine, it stays bright for a really long time.
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to answer the the original question.....about 3 rides

I use the Deda white tape and it cleans up pretty nice with some 409, Simple Green, etc. and a rag or sponge.
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I was suprised about how many teams in TDF were riding with white tape.
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Not long enough. But if you're looking for a more precise answer, it lasts about 1\20th as long as black tape.
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60 seconds per week with a rag and Simple Green keeps my white Deda tape like new. But, gosh darn it, now I have to stop doing that, lest MrCjolsen think I'm a poser.
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...on this note (and thank you for all the responses), has anyone tried that "Carbon Bar Tape" which is available on cadencecycle.com, ebay, and the like...?? It comes in "white". How "white" is this "white" and does it have the same it-gets-dirty-quicker-but-you-can-clean-it properties of the cork?
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Wearing full finger gloves helps keep sweat grime off the bar tape.
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Originally Posted by ttopaz View Post
I was suprised about how many teams in TDF were riding with white tape.
one, they're rarely off their bike during the stage, two, hardly have to get their hands dirty doing their own repairs, and three, can have their mechanics change it out as often as they wish.

three things that those of us in the real world don't have the opportunity for.

but white tape does look sharp.
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I have white Specialized Bar Phat tape and it gets ugly pretty quickly. What I have found is that spraying it with spray-n-wash or something similar and then scrubbing with a wet sponge makes it like new again. Even takes grease off.
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