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keepin white tape white

Old 02-29-08, 02:54 PM
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keepin white tape white

hey everyone, just received my 08 tarmac elite. the handlebar tape is white, any suggestions on how to keep it white the longest?
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Old 02-29-08, 02:56 PM
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did another forum search, found some answers
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Old 02-29-08, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by sneekyjesus View Post
hey everyone, just received my 08 tarmac elite. the handlebar tape is white, any suggestions on how to keep it white the longest?
I use Pro-Lite white bar tape then I use Mr. Clean magic eraser and I can keep white bar tape on for months and months (many thousands of miles).
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Old 02-29-08, 03:06 PM
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Don't ride it.
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Old 02-29-08, 03:11 PM
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keep your gloves clean...
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Old 02-29-08, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by idcruiserman View Post
Don't ride it.
+1

Either that, or hermetically seal the bars in that clear vinyl crap that your parents used to wrap their living room furniture in.

I love the way white bar tape looks on a new, virgin bike. I hate the way the (formerly) white bar tape looks on my bike. Sigh...
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Old 02-29-08, 04:14 PM
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I use the Deda tape and it cleans up real nice with a rag, regular kitchen cleaner like 409, and some elbow grease.
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Old 02-29-08, 04:17 PM
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Easy to keep clean. Every few weeks spray some simple green on it and wipe it with a wet rag. Looks like new.
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Originally Posted by sneekyjesus View Post
hey everyone, just received my 08 tarmac elite. the handlebar tape is white, any suggestions on how to keep it white the longest?
shrink wrap it.
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Old 02-29-08, 04:38 PM
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With cork it can be tough. Fizik stuff stays white with a little simple green.
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Old 02-29-08, 04:58 PM
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Twice a week with household disinfectant wipes. It starts to get dirty after only a couple of rides and the longer you wait, the harder it is to clean.

Dirty white or Black tape is just... letting it all go.
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Spray some spray and wash or some other form pre-wash sort of thing on it and wipe with a damp spong. Works great.
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Old 02-29-08, 10:44 PM
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A sponge and dish soap. Let it dry overnight.
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Originally Posted by Chopper1 View Post
Spray some spray and wash or some other form pre-wash sort of thing on it and wipe with a damp spong. Works great.
amazing, i just worked some spray & wash in for a minute with a damp rag and it looks practically like new tape. most of the lube marks and dirt have gone bye bye.
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I usually use some simple green on a humid rag and cleans up very well after every ride. takes 2 seconds.
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Old 03-01-08, 04:42 AM
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I spray one side with simple green, use an old toothbrush to scrub it, grip wipe with both hand using a clean dry rag in directon of tape spiral. Repeat for other side. Like new. Takes about 5 minutes. I clean the tape first so the brush splatter doesnt get on the cleaned bike. I enjoy detailing my bike between rides. Just a part of the total biking experience for me. YMMV
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Old 03-01-08, 05:45 PM
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OK, this is a stuid question but....

Do you guys wash the tape on the bars or take the tape off, wash, then rewrap? I'm assuming that you're just cleaning it off on the bike.... 'cause otherwise it would be a pain...
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Originally Posted by Bike enthusiast View Post
OK, this is a stuid question but....

Do you guys wash the tape on the bars or take the tape off, wash, then rewrap? I'm assuming that you're just cleaning it off on the bike.... 'cause otherwise it would be a pain...
On the bars...just wipe them down
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Baby wipes are okay, but i like the idea of trying the Mr. Clean magic eraser.
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Clorox clean-up with bleach.
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Old 03-01-08, 10:59 PM
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Powdered oxy clean. Just dampen the wrap a bit, scrub some in, and rinse it off. 5 minute job at most.
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Old 03-01-08, 11:14 PM
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It's been said.... simple green+rag+wipe = new white bar tape
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