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Old 06-03-11, 05:59 AM   #1
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Frame Protection from racks

So the city has installed some new racks at the train station for us. They are the big wavy "U" style.

In the week since they've been in place, I've picked up two nasty scratches on my frame. The thickness of the rack tubing is such that I have to rest the bike against the rack to use my U-lock. Since I ride steel, I'd kind of like to avoid these scratches! What do you guys do? As the bike is black, I'm thinking of running a length of electrical tape along the frame where it rests on the rack. Any other suggestions short of a BMX tube pad?
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Old 06-03-11, 08:20 AM   #2
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Foam pipe insulation.
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Old 06-03-11, 08:39 AM   #3
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I have a bag of leather color swatches that I intended to make into frame protectors, but I haven't gotten around to it yet... The plan is to punch holes and stitch them on, similar to this leather handlebar wrap I made:

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Old 06-03-11, 09:00 AM   #4
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This is why my next commuter/grocery getter is going to be unpainted titanium.

Strategically placed black electrical tape should be just fine on a black bike, though.
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Old 06-03-11, 09:39 AM   #5
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I sometimes rotate the crank into a position where it rests against the vertical section of the rack, so the frame stays off the rack. I attach the U-lock low on the seat tube or rear wheel so it doesn't pull the frame over toward the rack. The possibility of this will depend on the size of your lock and the rack.
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Old 06-03-11, 10:07 AM   #6
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I used to use pipe foam (on the rack itself). I've since discovered that even with those thick wavy racks if I put the lock arouind my seat stays I can get either my rack or cantilever brakes to take the contact with the rack. I've also discovered that after three years of heavy use my bike has enough scratches now that I don't worry about it as much.

I've come to the conclusion, BTW, that this is the reason that Surly picks such ugly colors for their bikes. It liberates the bike to be used as it was meant to be used.
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Old 06-03-11, 10:14 AM   #7
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All I have is a top tube cover but it has the foam material which provided a soft landing for my groin once
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Old 06-03-11, 10:15 AM   #8
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And may I add that I dont mind scratches and such on the bike. Adds character and makes the bike mine <3
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Old 06-03-11, 10:22 AM   #9
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Thanks, guys. I don't mind the scratches from an aesthetic standpoint but I worry about rust. I'm going to give the electrical tape a try and see how that works. A length on the top tube and another on the seat stay should do it.
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Old 06-03-11, 10:33 AM   #10
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As far as surface rust, its easy to "cure" a bit of naval jelly, wipe it off. Allow to dry and clear coat it with clear spray paint that is sold at home depot for garden tools and furniture =)
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Old 06-03-11, 10:39 AM   #11
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I usually can get away with leaning my bike so that my water bottle cage it the contact point also.
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Old 06-03-11, 11:04 AM   #12
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Powder coat using Epoxy powder , is tough stuff..

Though you can wrap the frame with old inner tubes, and that cushions stuff well ..
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Make friends with somebody in a local theater group so you can get a short strip of gaffer's tape. Scene shops usually have some; it's like duck tape, only black.
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If you regularly (about 2x/month) wash and wax the frame (use carwax), that will prevent rust where the paint was scratched. A wax finish temporarily prevents oxidation / rust, and makes the frame look nice.
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Old 06-03-11, 11:27 AM   #15
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what about those 3M shield used on car? Just cut it to match the size of your fork.
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Old 06-03-11, 12:15 PM   #16
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Sometimes I ride my nice road bike to work and don't want the flat black CF finish damaged by the rack. I carry an old leg warmer and wrap it around the top tube to protect the finish.
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Apply gaffer tape on the entire frame.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaffer_tape

When applying, don't wrap it like handlebars. Make sure to line up tape PARALLEL with the frame tubes.

I did just that with my rain bike, and it looks MUCH better than I expected!
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I would not use electrical tape. It's going to make a big mess of sticky adhesive as it ages. The pipe insulation works well. You can cut a 1' piece and keep it in your pack and just put it on when you need it.

The idea for the 3M stuff is good. That's the stuff they use on car hoods to protect from rock dings. Would work really great and would be all but invisible. I got some of it at the LBS that came as a chain protector. You could easily put that on the same place and it would never show either.

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Old 06-04-11, 07:59 PM   #19
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I use multiple layers of clear packing tape to protect the head tube against cable rub. Works great plus its cheap and clear so its barely noticeble.
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A bit expensive perhaps, but maybe you can try this surface guard tape:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TPC7HU

There is a 14mil version too I think that should be more durable.
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Old 06-04-11, 08:36 PM   #21
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what about those 3M shield used on car? Just cut it to match the size of your fork.
I couldn't think who made it, but I bet that would work, it is applied to new cars in areas prone to rock chips, works great.
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Old 06-05-11, 03:08 PM   #22
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Thanks for the responses guys. I was in the hardware store today and I noticed Gorilla tape in 1" width so I bought a roll of that to try. For those of you who don't know, Gorilla tape is much like duct tape but much thicker, much stickier, and black so it matches my frame.
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I think the same stuff is used on the leading edge of helicopter blades to prevent damage from sand and particles.

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I've seen bikes wrapped with old tire tubing on the top and diagonal tube.
This might help
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I saw a bike at the racks at the grocery store today and the whole fork was wrapped in brown bar tape. One fo the best parts of a black bike its its easy to match touch up paint (fingernail polish for me) to the frame.
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