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MrGrumpy

Huge Member
Location
Fly Fifer
Was thinking of putting some blinging white bar tape on my Langster ;) However as i commute on it, its sure to get a tad dirty, anyone got some good cleaning tips ? Does anyone else for that matter use white bar tape ?
 

simonali

Guru
What about a tan colour? I have had white in the past on a couple of long-gone rides and I don't recall it ever looking grubby coz the dirt rubs off onto your hands!
 

walker

New Member
Location
Bromley, Kent
I remember a discussion on this a long time ago and I can't quite remember what some peoples answers were, I think one of them was Washing up liquid.
 

PaulSB

Legendary Member
MrGrumpy said:
Does anyone else for that matter use white bar tape ?
Hangs head in shame.......I do, it's horrible. Get another colour to match up with your bike. Just don't do it as it makes the bike look chavy.

I have white as the last time the LBS changed it they had some white which wasn't wanted and did me a favour by not charging me for the tape. :ohmy:

Keep meaning to change it but I only seem to think of it when I'm on the bike.
 

kyuss

Veteran
Location
Edinburgh
Sounds strange but Bike spray or wd40 works really well at cleaning white cork tape. I've been laughed at before for this suggestion (and no doubt will be again) but it really does work. The tape on mine is almost as white as the day it was fitted a year ago.

If you use washing up liquid you really have to rinse them quite well or you'll be riding home with 'foamy' bars at the first sign of rain.
 

walker

New Member
Location
Bromley, Kent
Well done Kyuss, yes WD40 now rings a bell
 

gavintc

Guru
Location
Southsea
I use white bar tape matched to a Spec Toupe white saddle. however, it is on my summer bike. It looks good. I keep it clean with normal kitchen cleaner. Spray it on and is cleans off pretty easily. I do my bike cleaning in the kitchen, so the product is easily to hande.
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
Black on my trainer, as it has black cables, wheels, saddle and it complements the white/green paint job. Tyres are red to co-ordinate with the red 'flashes on the frame.

Best bike has pale blue, to match the frame ! - That can get grubby, but a good scrub cleans it. I assume using WD40 needs some washing off later to remove the 'oily' smell.
 
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