Cleaning Bar Tape

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by colinr, 5 May 2010.

  1. colinr

    colinr Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    I managed to get some very black grease on my new, very orange, bar tape. Any suggestions on what might get it off, or at least make it a bit better? Are solvents going to wreck the (cork) tape?
     
  2. johnnyh

    johnnyh Veteran

    Location:
    Somerset
    baby wipes!
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Damp cloth and washing up liquid
     
  4. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    WD40 on a rag
     
  5. redddraggon

    redddraggon Blondie

    Location:
    North Wales
    Nail brush
     
  6. OP
    OP
    colinr

    colinr Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    Thankyou all. I shall try each and every one of these and rate them on a scale of 1 to 10.
     
  7. MadoneRider1991

    MadoneRider1991 Über Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    white sprite on a rage :blush:

    about 8 out of 10!
     
  8. Fossy's sugestion would seem to be the best. First wipe with damp cloth then work in small amount of washing up liquid or Swarfega(Fairy best if using washing up liquid). Rinse throughly then park bike in sun to dry.
     
  9. zacklaws

    zacklaws Veteran

    Location:
    Beverley
    After using WD40 to try and clean my bar tape I would be careful with any solvent based product and if used, use it sparingly, WD40 removed the adhesive on my tape allowing it to just turn on the bars, it took about a month before it stuck itself back down again.

    In the end I gave up worrying about my white bar tape getting dirty as its unavoidable out on the roads, when you start getting your hands dirty with replacing chains, repairing punctures, food etc
     
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Headgardener - yes Fairy is best, squirt a blob onto the cloth, and scrub away on the bar tape - works a treat on my pale blue Cinelli cork ribbon.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    colinr

    colinr Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    I forgot to report back... went with GT85 on a rag followed by a fairy liquid scrubbing. Good as new, rating: 10/10
     
  12. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    get black tape next time :ohmy:
     
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