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    Best White Tape Cleaner

    I am new to this sport and recently bought a 2011 Specialized Dolce Sport Compact. The white tape was a small drawback as to keeping it clean, but Oh well. I figured I would cross that bridge when I came to it. It's been a few weeks now the the tape is looking pretty grubby.

    Suggestions as to what works the best? I am considering getting gloves/mitts too.

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    Lemon Pledge works pretty well.

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    Replacing it with black works best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser955 View Post
    Replacing it with black works best.
    That was my first thought but you beat me to it. Wouldn't lemon Pledge make the tape slippery when wet? I ended up replacing all my tape with black because I found the effort to not be worth it. I tried all kinds of cleaners but none I would recommend. I use cork too so that may be harder to clean.

    Gloves will not keep the tape clean. They get dirty too.
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    I use the Fizik MicroTek white tape and scrub it with dish soap or abrasive cleanser when it starts to look dingy. looks brand new afterwards.

    the only thing that hasn't right come off is some black dye from a new pair of gloves that I used before washing them.
    eff all y'all...

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    Thanks for all of the replies. Believe it or not, I got it fairly clean using hand soap and a small (kinda) abrasive scouring pad and a damp cloth. Then wiped it dry. Eventually I will probably get it re-wrapped. I am leaning to the Fizik Honey Brown. I think it will look better than black.

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    Wanted to add that I bought a bottle of *Black Magic Bleche Wite* tire cleaner .. worked AWESOME on left over sticker gunk (was stubborn to remove before) and stubborn grease stains on the frame. I sprayed some on a cloth and a quick wipe the frame came spotless clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser955 View Post
    Replacing it with black works best.
    My 2013 Felt Z4 came with white tape. It was nice and cushy but fairly porous. After about 4 months it looked like dirty dishwater. I replaced with with Fizik tape. Not as cushy but cleans up very easily and still looks great months later.
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    This has proven to work very well: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    I use the Fizik MicroTek white tape and scrub it with dish soap or abrasive cleanser when it starts to look dingy. looks brand new afterwards.
    Yes, this is the answer.

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    Stop cleaning bar tape!

    I certainly understand those who wish their ride to look new, clean and efficient. Shows attention to detail with a tight operating machine married to a watt massive engine.

    However bar tape is excluded. Nothing says "I'm worried about how I look" and "you'll easily pass me" than fixation on new tape. Rather, dirty tape states; "worry about me dropping you"

    White tape rules at that statement...especially if there is some blood or vomit staining that will NEVER come out. Red tape second with Black tape looking like dark Converse high tops on a basketball court...dull and slow ;)

    Remember, tape is only changed when wear starts to abrade shifting and braking cable housing.

    (note, "new tape" focus is permissible for only sponsored continental or EU teams with a professional wrench doing the installation)

    Now: /thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post
    I certainly understand those who wish their ride to look new, clean and efficient. Shows attention to detail with a tight operating machine married to a watt massive engine.

    However bar tape is excluded. Nothing says "I'm worried about how I look" and "you'll easily pass me" than fixation on new tape. Rather, dirty tape states; "worry about me dropping you"

    White tape rules at that statement...especially if there is some blood or vomit staining that will NEVER come out. Red tape second with Black tape looking like dark Converse high tops on a basketball court...dull and slow ;)

    Remember, tape is only changed when wear starts to abrade shifting and braking cable housing.

    (note, "new tape" focus is permissible for only sponsored continental or EU teams with a professional wrench doing the installation)

    Now: /thread
    Eh .. I am not racing anyone. At my age a lady @ 62 and a newbie .. I am really happy that I am keeping up with my group who have been at this YEEAARS longer than me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris7047th View Post
    Eh .. I am not racing anyone. At my age a lady @ 62 and a newbie .. I am really happy that I am keeping up with my group who have been at this YEEAARS longer than me.
    Kris...My guess is you set the example with the group. Actually, I think we'll categorize you as a neo-pro

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    lol .. actually a few of them are my age/older than me .. It's just that they have been doing this consistently where as I am having to catch up to get fit. I am getting there.

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    I like it when my new white tape is showing dirt and sweat stains. I wear it as a badge of mileage and time in the saddle.

    I wish I knew what tape I had installed right now though. It's some sort of cork. It's the best I've had in a long time.
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    Lemon pledge and if that doesn't work blue Dawn dish soap.
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    Lemon Pledge it will be when I make a trip to the store (on the bike of course .. gas prices just skyrocketed yesterday, so the car will spend even more time parked in the garage)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris7047th View Post
    I am new to this sport and recently bought a 2011 Specialized Dolce Sport Compact............ It's been a few weeks now the the tape is looking pretty grubby.
    Quote Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post
    ..... Nothing says "I'm worried about how I look" and "you'll easily pass me" than fixation on new tape. Rather, dirty tape states; "worry about me dropping you"

    White tape rules at that statement...especially if there is some blood or vomit staining that will NEVER come out.
    So... how are those lightweight handlebars holding up under that old tape? Any fractures or cracks?

    I like to put new tape on every spring (mid-winter). And I wash the tape from time to time when I wash the bike as well. Cleaning the bike is the only time I find to fully inspect the machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    So... how are those lightweight handlebars holding up under that old tape? Any fractures or cracks?

    I like to put new tape on every spring (mid-winter). And I wash the tape from time to time when I wash the bike as well. Cleaning the bike is the only time I find to fully inspect the machine.
    I bought the bike new from a local bike shop. What you said sounds like sage advice to me,

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    Re: Best White Tape Cleaner

    Quote Originally Posted by kris7047th View Post
    I am new to this sport and recently bought a 2011 Specialized Dolce Sport Compact. The white tape was a small drawback as to keeping it clean, but Oh well. I figured I would cross that bridge when I came to it. It's been a few weeks now the the tape is looking pretty grubby.

    Suggestions as to what works the best? I am considering getting gloves/mitts too.
    Colored tape.

    I had white on my Tarmac. Tried everything to the point of wearing out the tape. Replaced with red tape. Much better.

    But if you really like the white tape maybe try and find white gloves?

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    I am thinking of going with a brown tape instead of white. The bike is mostly white and I don't think the black will look good.

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    I've found that "409" type of general household spray cleaner, rubbed with a textured cloth (like terry cloth) cleans everything to about new condition.

    ANother excellent cleaner is the gritty, pumice-type orange hand cleaner. It really cleans well, and I've never seen it harm anything.

    I've used this stuff on foam-type tapes (Deda has been my go-to tape for years; I don't like cork tape). I recently installed some Stella Azura Eleganza and some Fizik Microtex (smooth) tapes. Both are really, really excellent tapes - the Fizik more minimal than the Stella, but the Stella is damn Eleganza and looks and feel absoulutely wonderful. It has a minimally cushy feel, looks leather-like and has some tackiness that I like. I like the Fizik too.

    The STella is a little more difficult to clean totally, but cleans up OK with the pumice-type hand cleaner w/ rubbing. The Fizik is almost maintenance free.

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    I find brown hand stains on white handlebar tape to be repulsive. About as much as yellow armpit stains - It's just not something I want to touch.

    I keep my wife's cork handlebar tape sparkling white with a combination of soap and shoe whitener made for white canvas shoes.

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    I find that WD 40 does a good job of taking dirt and grease off lots of things. I use it on my white Fizik saddle. if you then let it dry and wipe it down with a paper towel its not slippery either. I wonder how that would work on your white tape?

    As an aside, if I end up with a grease stain on my leg (e.g. by touching my leg against the big ring while I'm unclipped) I've found that the best thing to remove it is not soap - its baby oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post
    Rather, dirty tape states; "worry about me dropping you"...
    so, dirty tape means you're a stud, huh...?

    does the same logic apply to your underwear...?
    eff all y'all...

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