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  1. #1
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    Question White Bar Tape- Cleaning?

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    I had white bar tape on my Fuji. Since we are planning to sell the bike, I would like to clean the bar tape. The tape is in good condition and a buddy did an amazing wrap job on it (regular tape felt as good as my new gel tape), I hate to replace the tape. He moved to PA, I can't get him to re-wrap the bars.

    Anyone got an idea how to get some of the black/grey off the white tape? Anyone know why they insist on using the hideous white tape?
    Amanda

    2011 Specialized Epic Comp 29er | Specialized Phenom | "Marie Laveau"
    2007 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Road | Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow | "Miranda"


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    hmmmmmmmmm the silence here is deafening. I have yellow tape on my bike which is still clean but... this would be useful information!
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    Mimi- I may have found our answer (thanks Google).

    OXICLEAN! This stuff does the trick. I use the powdered formula, mix with some warm water. Use an abrasive kitchen sponge - the kind that are "scrubby" on one side. Gently scrub the tape with the cleanser and let it sit on for a few minutes.Wipe off with the non scrubby side of the sponge. Scrub harder if your tape is particularly dirty.
    Anyone else have any suggestions?
    Amanda

    2011 Specialized Epic Comp 29er | Specialized Phenom | "Marie Laveau"
    2007 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Road | Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow | "Miranda"


    You don't have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great. -Lee J. Colan

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    I'm a white bar tape girl. I've had it for years and clean it each time I ride in the winter ( the black leathger palms on my long gloves get it dirty) and once a month or so in the summer. I use Simple Green sprayed onto a white towel and then you wrap the towel around the bar and rub it back & forth. I'm having a tough time describing it, but you'll figure it out. Clean as new!

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    Powdered clothes washing detergent. Make a paste out it with water and scrub the tape using an old toothbrush. Wipe of with a clean, damp rag. Voila. The granules from the paste makes a nice non-abrasive cleaner and it seems to refresh the finish nicely.

    Simple Green can take off decals and may damage organic or cork-based tapes.
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    Can't say about white, but I have yellow and Celeste bar tape, which gets mighty grubby like white. Mr Clean Magic Erasers work great...just wet them and wipe the bar wrap gently a few times. Dry w/ a towel. Works great.

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    I just use shampoo. It works as good as anything else

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    Well, you could be like me and change your white bar tape to black...
    no way am I going to spend time cleaning my bar tape!

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    Robin- My new bike has black bar tape. I was completely annoyed when I was looking at the Specialized Ruby that it has white bar tape. I like my black gel tape Cannondale uses.

    I tried the Magic Eraser method on the tape. First I should say we are talking about 1.5 years of grease and dirt. The magic eraser brought them to a much nicer looking greyish white. Fiona looks ready for a new home now.
    Amanda

    2011 Specialized Epic Comp 29er | Specialized Phenom | "Marie Laveau"
    2007 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Road | Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow | "Miranda"


    You don't have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great. -Lee J. Colan

 

 

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