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Old 02-01-23, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by BobG
If black fits your color scheme silicone Fuse Tape is an affordable alternative to expensive bike specific tapes. Not sticky but it will fuse to itself after a day of bonding at each overlapping wrap on the bar. A tidy, long lasting installation. No need for additional closure tape at start of the wrap. Only $4.98 at Home Depot.
That's electrical tape. I use it to secure the end of the handlebar tape run, but I would never use this as handlebar tape.
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Originally Posted by BobG
If black fits your color scheme silicone Fuse Tape is an affordable alternative to expensive bike specific tapes. Not sticky but it will fuse to itself after a day of bonding at each overlapping wrap on the bar. A tidy, long lasting installation. No need for additional closure tape at start of the wrap. Only $4.98 at Home Depot.
I plan to use that instead of electrical tape for finishing on the tops.
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Originally Posted by smd4
Doesn't come in white.
White tape becomes black quickly enough that you should just start with black.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
White tape becomes black quickly enough that you should just start with black.
Not if you clean it!
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Originally Posted by BobG
If black fits your color scheme silicone Fuse Tape is an affordable alternative to expensive bike specific tapes. Not sticky but it will fuse to itself after a day of bonding at each overlapping wrap on the bar. A tidy, long lasting installation. No need for additional closure tape at start of the wrap. Only $4.98 at Home Depot.
Not limited to black. You can also find orange which isnít in that link. Hereís my black Adarga tape with red fusion tape to finish.


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Originally Posted by smd4
Not if you clean it!
Then it just becomes gray. Never seen any white tape or grips that could be made anything close to white again.
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Originally Posted by Lombard
That's electrical tape. I use it to secure the end of the handlebar tape run, but I would never use this as handlebar tape.
Nope. Silicone fusion tape is different from electrical tape. No adhesive. It fuses to itself without adhesive. Waterproof and can even be applied to wet items. Way better.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Then it just becomes gray. Never seen any white tape or grips that could be made anything close to white again.
Whatever you say!
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White Fizik Classic is easy to keep clean on a road bike if you wear half-finger gloves ... given you don't live in Death Valley.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
White Fizik Classic is easy to keep clean on a road bike if you wear half-finger gloves ... given you don't live in Death Valley.
You canít say that! cycco (pronounced psycho?) knows everything!
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
White tape becomes black quickly enough that you should just start with black.
^^^This.^^^

You can spend time cleaning your white tape. Or you can use black tape and just spend that time riding your bike.
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Originally Posted by Lombard
^^^This.^^^

You can spend time cleaning your white tape. Or you can use black tape and just spend that time riding your bike.
Why don't you just use dirt-colored tape? And paint your bike brown? Do you ever clean your bike? Cleaning bars takes a fraction of the time that you would to clean your chain. Do you clean your chain? Do you know what size your bike is?
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Originally Posted by smd4
Why don't you just use dirt-colored tape? And paint your bike brown?
What a novel idea!

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Do you ever clean your bike?
When it becomes dirty enough, yes, but I'm not OCD about it.

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Do you clean your chain?
Other than re-lubing and wiping it down, no.

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Do you know what size your bike is?
Where did this come out of?
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Originally Posted by Lombard
Where did this come out of?
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Originally Posted by smd4
You canít say that! cycco (pronounced psycho?) knows everything!
Lighten up! It was a joke.
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Actually, Fizik makes Brooks's tape for them. It tends to be thicker which is why it's harder to wrap.
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Oh clever.
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Oh clever.
I thought so.
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white tape i always thought was more of a status symbol indicating you had the funds and time to replace your tape often enough to keep it shiny white, i normally wrap red and most of the dirt and damage that my tape receives is really from leaning my bike against things while out in the world.
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Originally Posted by c0urt
white tape i always thought was more of a status symbol indicating you had the funds and time to replace your tape often enough to keep it shiny white
Status symbol? HA! You do realize that tape is one of the cheaper things to replace on a bike?
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Another vote for Fizik.
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Originally Posted by smd4
Status symbol? HA! You do realize that tape is one of the cheaper things to replace on a bike?
Besides, what OTHER color would you use with a red bike with bright alloy kit?
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Besides, what OTHER color would you use with a red bike with bright alloy kit?
That white saddle with the arse sweat stain sure confirms that black is best for contact surfaces.
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Originally Posted by Lombard
That white saddle with the arse sweat stain sure confirms that black is best for contact surfaces.
That's not sweat stains. You can't dye leather white, so white leather is actually painted white. The paint wears off where it's rubbed by my ginormous guads. Where my arse sits, it's still white.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
That's not sweat stains. You can't dye leather white, so white leather is actually painted white. The paint wears off where it's rubbed by my ginormous guads. Where my arse sits, it's still white.
It's still a good enough reason why one wouldn't want a white saddle. Ginormous quads noted.
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