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Cleaning bar tape

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by giant man, 23 Sep 2007.

  1. giant man

    giant man New Member

    Location:
    Essex innit?
    In the good old days of the C+ forum i remember a thread about cleaning dirty handlebar tape and what you would use. Now i can't remember for the life of me what was said or advised.

    Anyone help? :biggrin:
     
  2. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    just sponge it with a mild solution of dishwashing liquid (Fairy to you, isn't it?). I use the kitchen sponge/scourer, don't tell the missus. Cleans it up pretty nicely.
     
  3. giant man

    giant man New Member

    Location:
    Essex innit?
    Thanks Rusty this sounds like a plan. :biggrin:
     
  4. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Try some Jif/Cif with a wet cloth.
     
  5. kyuss

    kyuss Senior Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Use WD40 or Xlite's Bike Spray. Honest, it works better than anything else. Spray it on and give it a good rub with a clean cloth. My white bar tape now looks as good as the day I fitted it even after a year and a half of commuting.
     
  6. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    WD40 on tape??? Sounds right mucky.
     
  7. kyuss

    kyuss Senior Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    That's what I thought when I first heard it, but honest, it really does work a treat.
     
  8. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Will the above mentioned methods work on spongy bar tape. I have padded tape on my Felt bike.
    Cheers

    Steve
     
  9. kyuss

    kyuss Senior Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Should be fine. I don't get on with that shiny plastic coated bar tape so I'm using Specialized Bar Phat cork tape at the moment and have had 3TTT cork tape in the past and have had no problems cleaning either using the above method.

    I should point out that WD40 was what I was originally advised by a few friends but I've just realised I've only ever used Bike Spray. It's an almost identical product but if you use WD40 give it a shot on a small bit first just in case. I wouldn't want to be responsible for recommending something that detroys your tape.