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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:34 am 

Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:19 pm
Posts: 208
I want to get white bar tape, but I was hoping to find something that is more resistant to dirt than your typical cork tape. Suggestions?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:56 am 

Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:43 am
Posts: 452
Lizard skins dsp, probably the best tape around. Bit more expensive than normal cork tapes but easily cleaned with a toothbrush and some CIF.

Planet-X Nanolight HM - 5.63kg

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:12 am 

Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:07 pm
Posts: 147
Location: San Mateo, California
Forté Grip-Tec Handlebar Tape from Performance Bike is nice, IMO. http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Pr ... 1___400214

I have a set of Lizard Skins on my Caad 9, I would have bought another set if they weren't so darn expensive. (bought at cost) The two tapes feel very similar though the Forte tape has a gel backing and the DSP is pretty thin. Up to individual preference I guess.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:51 am 

Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:08 pm
Posts: 1365
Fizik , easy to clean and stays white longer , Lizard skins are a nightmare to keep clean.
I now use black.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:05 am 

Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:52 pm
Posts: 419
Location: USA
Lizard skin does feel nice but is a pain to clean and very easy to take material off during cleaning. I'm using white Deda at the moment and it cleans easy. If I would go black, I defiantly will buy Lizard skin again.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:15 am 

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 8:14 pm
Posts: 394
Fizik microtex.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:44 am 

Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:09 pm
Posts: 624
x2 the Fizik Microtex, if you want white bar tape that will actually last 1+ seasons with a tiny bit of maintenance and cleaning this is the best I have found. Fair warning though it's a pain in the butt to wrap since it doesn't stretch well and has a clear/no sticky back to it.

Looks like I made a new 90 Proof friend

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:49 am 

Joined: Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:24 am
Posts: 221
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
I agree on the microtex, it is also really crash resistant in comparison to other tapes. it doesn't really tear,which is really nice. It is harder to wrap though, but not like fizik dual or anything. I have had white fizik microtex on my race bike for two seasons, still white, soap and water cleans it up nicely.

Hope this helps,


PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:34 pm 
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Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:07 am
Posts: 997
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Another new option would be the new Selle Italia Smootape....available in .25 mm and .5 mm.....not cheap but looks very nice and feels good.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:45 pm 

Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:21 am
Posts: 157
Location: Canberra, Australia
+4 on the Fizik I have had it in white on a couple of times and as the others have said it is great, stays quite white and is easy to keep clean.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:55 pm 

Joined: Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:25 am
Posts: 4699
Location: Canada
The Pro tape wipes pretty clean, too.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:04 pm 

Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:56 pm
Posts: 1114
Location: Canada
It's expensive, but the handlebra leather tape stays white.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:13 pm 

Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:53 pm
Posts: 51
+ whatever on the Fizik. Had it for almost a year, and at least 4 re-wrappings. Only replaced it, because I bought new bars. I still haven't thrown it out, and it may go back on.

Do not get the Arundel tape in white. It is comfy and nice, but after 2 rides (~90mi), it looks way worse than my Fizik did.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:34 pm 

Joined: Mon May 14, 2007 10:32 am
Posts: 751
Location: Finland
+1 for Fizik Microtex. Very nice feel, durable, easy to clean. Not the easiest to wrap though because it's not elastic. But it doesn't snap like Cinelli cork tape when you're pulling it tight.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:20 pm 

Joined: Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:16 am
Posts: 289
Prologo Doubletouch for me. Stays fairly clean and very comfortable and easy to wrap and remove.

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