So you're seriously going to wrap the entire fork, downtube and both chainstays?
You know that this is a bicycle with automotive-grade paint, actually designed to be used, right? It's not grandma's antique china.
Typical is to put a little tape just where cables rub or the chain may drop, maybe on the seat post where the saddle bag straps on. I've never seen anyone protect more extensively than that. How much protecting material do you put on your car? Do you have a clear plastic cover on your sofa like my mother in law? Just kidding, but it seems a little overboard to me.
As far as materials, for little spots, clear packing tape works OK, but heavier material is better. I know it's available elswhere, but I happened to have some acoustic guitar clear pickguard material (like a very heavy, but clear vinyl sheeting w/ adhesive). I just cut pieces from that and put it here and there where I need protection.
Last edited by Camilo; 07-18-11 at 06:40 PM.