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what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby jeff_o » Tue May 31, 2011 10:22 am

i just finished rebuilding my 2nd bike. it's an old TREK USPS alum frame with Ultegra6 groupset.

White, blue and accent of red. The old bartape is carbon black. I don't find it matching so I was planning to put whites on it. What color do you guys think would match the bike better?

My dilemna with white is that cork white would trap dirty easily, leather synthetic white would yellow in time. Has anyone seen synthetic carbon white? What is a good white bar tape?

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by BNA » Tue May 31, 2011 12:25 pm

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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby philip » Tue May 31, 2011 12:25 pm

I hear that the ebay servers are crumbling under the pressure by all those usps treks being sold recently :P

I've got the cheap fizik bar tape on one of my bikes which stays very clean compared to the old "soft" type that it used to have.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby jeff_o » Tue May 31, 2011 12:55 pm

philip wrote:I hear that the ebay servers are crumbling under the pressure by all those usps treks being sold recently :P


lol really? is this related to the LA doping thingie during his stay with USPS? I got this from my friend in penrith. he had a couple of bikes and i saw this gathering dust so i bought it from him. it was really dusty at the beginning.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby DanielS » Tue May 31, 2011 2:31 pm

+1 for the Fizik Microtex. Its the white bartape of champions.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby boyracer » Tue May 31, 2011 3:11 pm

Don't get the Cinelli 'carbon weave' tape. slippery as hell. You can wash cork tape...comes up good.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby philip » Tue May 31, 2011 3:26 pm

jeff_o wrote:lol really? is this related to the LA doping thingie during his stay with USPS?

haha no not really, you're right I was just joking regarding the LA happenings. I'm sure the bike is excellent, certainly looks good.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby jeff_o » Tue May 31, 2011 5:26 pm

philip wrote:
jeff_o wrote:lol really? is this related to the LA doping thingie during his stay with USPS?

haha no not really, you're right I was just joking regarding the LA happenings. I'm sure the bike is excellent, certainly looks good.


lol. i wish i pedal like LA if I ride a USPS bike. i don't mind to ride like him in his worse TDF performance.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby Mulger bill » Tue May 31, 2011 6:09 pm

I'd try to match the blue livery meself...
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby wombatK » Tue May 31, 2011 7:07 pm

Don't get Cinelli Gel Cork. It holds dirt way more than the white tape
my 'dale came with, and isn't easy to clean either. Very comfortable, but wouldn't buy again.

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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby odd_omelette » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:07 pm

My vote is for Lizard Skins DSP tape. Nice and grippy in the wet and without gloves also if you choose to do so.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby aeroslave » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:23 am

odd_omelette wrote:My vote is for Lizard Skins DSP tape. Nice and grippy in the wet and without gloves also if you choose to do so.



+ on Lizard skins. Slightly more expensive but easy to clean without being slippery.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby rustychisel » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:19 pm

Mulger bill wrote:I'd try to match the blue livery meself...


+ 1.

look at old photos and those bikes were commonly finished with middle blue bartape
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby schmidty » Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:55 am

I used the Fizik tape on my Merckx, it is mainly white with colour stitching and a colour stripe on the edge.

Most wrap it on so that the colour is showing, makes for a nice spiral pattern. I do it the other way so that only the colour stitching is showing.

Gives yout the white bar tape you want with just a hint of colour for accent. (comes in blue too)
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby jeff_o » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:07 pm

ok i got carbon whites. just finished taping them this morning :) apologies for the big pics. they're actually compressed already.

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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby turbus » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:52 pm

Fizik Is the Bomb
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby fly spray » Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:04 am

I have the fizik white tape on one bike & also the brown on another, it's been great so far & cleans up well with metho.

White cork tape cleans up well also with a good soapy scrub with a sponge.
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby schmidty » Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:53 pm

Looks good, not sure about that stem though. Never pass up an opportunity to add more white!
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Re: what type of WHITE bar tape to get?

Postby jeff_o » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:10 pm

thanks. that's the only stem i got though hehe. to be honest frame is a bit small for me. it's 52 but i should be at least 54. ideal is 55 or 56 but oh well.
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