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Old 07-29-07, 09:31 AM   #1
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Taping wires to frame and masking scatches

Suppose you have a scatch due to chain falling off, or other catastrophic failures.

or perhaps you want to run wires for your computer from back to front.

Solution is to use automotive outdoor vinyl to tape or mask things out. You can get those in any color on eBay, even carbon fiber patterns. This material lasts well, is easy to take off and replace, and is cheap. It will even protect your paint in case of chain failling off or some catastrophic failures when chain scrubs your frame. (will not help with chain slap because that happens too often)

Vinyl must be applied to the frame parts so that it is flat and there are no wrinkles. Use hair dryer for small wrinkles. For uneven frame surfaces you can use several smaller pieces of vinyl.

This is an exterimely useful solution for when you need to route wires under frame. Because exposed wires can get caught and broken. Vinyl will protect your wires.

I found that 3M adhissive used is not so good. It tends to separate at the ends. A solution is to use glue to glue vinyl to itself. Something that will not hurt your paint.

Among other things this mod adds to the look of your bike. It's cool to see parts of your chainstay and seatstay in carbon fiber look.
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Old 07-29-07, 12:03 PM   #2
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Any links to where we can find the stuff? There a couple places I might like to get the carbon fiber look, and spots where my car carrier rubs on the paint.
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Old 07-29-07, 12:06 PM   #3
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Here is my personal supplier.

$15 roll could last a year if not more. Pay special attention to thinkness. You want 2.5 mil. And also the color. I thought gun metal would look good on black, it doesn't. But not bad either.

When taping wires, do use tie wraps where suggested, but also tape the wires secure. It's best to tape first and then use tie wraps. If you using other tie wraps, none wire related, such as pump, you can cut vinyl to thinkness of tie wrap and tape it underneath tie wrap to the frame. To protect the paint from scatching and skuffs.
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