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    It's a very tight plastic band and I don't see the point of protecting from plastic with plastic.
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    Yes, very tight. Maybe even too tight for even that thin 3M to fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    It's a very tight plastic band and I don't see the point of protecting from plastic with plastic.
    Another good point. I have no idea if nylon or mylar would offer a better option. Funny thing is, until now, I never even gave it a thought as I've always put these on without ever intending to take them off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    I just put a Flickstand on my Gitane TdF. It's pretty slick, but I wish it wasn't over the down tube foil sticker.
    That's the reason I never got a Flickstand, as it will usually go over the DT decals. I wouldn't mind it covering such partially, I'm more afraid of it eventually scratching up the DT decals on my bike(s).......

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    Thanks for resurrecting the Rhode Gear thread, the Flickstand and their unique water bottle mount always struck me as good design practice and thinking about what works best simply (we called this simple elegance in engineering circles here.) I remember picking up our two Motobecane Jubilee Sports in 1981 from the LBS, we got Flick Stands and water bottle set ups along with Avocet's anatomic seats when we paid for them. Too bad that Rhode Gear isn't still on their own and in business, losing a principal always seems to be the end of companies like they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
    That's the reason I never got a Flickstand, as it will usually go over the DT decals. I wouldn't mind it covering such partially, I'm more afraid of it eventually scratching up the DT decals on my bike(s).......
    Your bikes are much too pristine to be bolting any kind of clamp on the tubes. My Gitane is a semi beater, so I don't care.

    The clamp would be even tighter on a non-metric down tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
    That's the reason I never got a Flickstand, as it will usually go over the DT decals. I wouldn't mind it covering such partially, I'm more afraid of it eventually scratching up the DT decals on my bike(s).......
    There might be a way, however, to avoid damage. I have a couple of Flickstands, but can't bear to mount them on any of my bikes, yet. If I do, I'll put a thin piece of 3M sign maker's vinyl or even Scotch tape on the inside. It might help to reduce friction and rubbing. Not sure. The black plastic they used is fairly dense and hard. It might work to "soften" the impact a bit with a thin coating of something between the Flickstand and the decals. Not sure. Maybe I'm fairly dense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
    There might be a way, however, to avoid damage. I have a couple of Flickstands, but can't bear to mount them on any of my bikes, yet. If I do, I'll put a thin piece of 3M sign maker's vinyl or even Scotch tape on the inside. It might help to reduce friction and rubbing. Not sure. The black plastic they used is fairly dense and hard. It might work to "soften" the impact a bit with a thin coating of something between the Flickstand and the decals. Not sure. Maybe I'm fairly dense.
    Uhmmm... black Plasti-dip, maybe??....

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    The OP mentioned the Rhode Gear Euro Rack and it remains the best trunk rack for a small convertible such as a Miata or Alfa Romeo. It's like having a fork mount roof rack on top of your trunk. No wheels dangling down getting the tires melted off by the exhaust.

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    I know this is a zombie-back-from-the-dead thread, but I still use my Rhode Gear Large Seat Wedge bag on my MTB trips, and my wife uses their handlebar bag (complete with innovative V-shaped mounting clamp) once in a while. They made quality stuff that lasted and lasted...

    I miss them so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    That reminds me that I have a couple of Flickstands still in their original bags. I got them from Bigbossman a while ago and never got around to using them.
    If you're not going to use them, let me know... My original Flickstand that i've been using on the same bike since 1984 finally broke. The bike has gone from a 12-speed racer to a 2-speed automatix "fixie", but that flickstand has been there through it all, and is sorely missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowflake6 View Post
    If you're not going to use them, let me know... My original Flickstand that i've been using on the same bike since 1984 finally broke. The bike has gone from a 12-speed racer to a 2-speed automatix "fixie", but that flickstand has been there through it all, and is sorely missed.
    I mounted one on my Gitane and I think I'll hang onto the other one, but I found three of them on eBay.

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    I have had a Flikstand on my Miyata for more than 25 years. Whenever I have had to move it to accommodate a different tire size, there was no sign of scratching the down tube. Uneven fading of the paint and decal would be the bigger issue on some bikes. Luckily, Miyata used good paint and decals, so that hasn't been a problem.
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    My hand-me-down rhode gear bike rack. The rubber hooks have all fallen apart. The last one broke yesterday while I was loading the bike.

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