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    Cables rubbing on Brompton frame.

    I just noticed yesterday a black mark on the lower frame adjacent to the crank assembly created by the cables rubbing on the frame. I thought it might be a grease mark so I tried to wipe it off. That didn't work, so I tried some carnauba wax, but it only removed a portion of the mark. I'm hoping that over time the cables don't wear through to the wire. Should there not be a barrier or shield installed in this area? Has anyone else noticed this on their Brompton?

    Edit: I forgot to mention. The three cables were twisted around each other, so I straightened them out in a proper row of three. I hope this helps. Who assembled my bike errr!



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    the paint will be worn away from the frame long before the cable housing will degrade.

    solution: adhesive backed vinyl or similar product with a durable facing material. cut a small piece and apply to the contact point on the frame. also, you will get cable rub on the downtube just behind the headtube. place a piece of vinyl here as well..


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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    the paint will be worn away from the frame long before the cable housing will degrade.

    solution: adhesive backed vinyl or similar product with a durable facing material. cut a small piece and apply to the contact point on the frame. also, you will get cable rub on the downtube just behind the headtube. place a piece of vinyl here as well..

    Awesome. Thank you smallwheeler!
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    Google Helicopter tape.
    The Park Tools emergency tire boot kit has some small patches of it, which I stuck on my latest frame to stop cable rub.

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    so the 'One and Only gripe' was just a primer .. to the desire that spotless & new will last forever..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    so the 'One and Only gripe' was just a primer .. to the desire that spotless & new will last forever..
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    Someone from the london Brompton Club (Orange Bromtpon) also suggested Helicopter Tape. Nice Blog. Google Orange Brompton and you should find it.

    JT

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    so the 'One and Only gripe' was just a primer .. to the desire that spotless & new will last forever..
    That's deep.

    As for protecting the frame from rubbing, Helicopter Tape works for me.
    Happier than a camel on wednesday.

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    Has anyone else noticed this on their Brompton?
    Mine is fine as it is . I just put a piece of tape where the front wheel hook hangs over the right chainstay
    when it's folded .

    Being where real helicopters are, they dont tend to tape them together, in the shop hanger,
    at the Coast Guard's Airport.

    to question,
    I see: The problem is yours is painted white ..
    got a roll of clear Packing Tape?
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    Lizard Skins makes several different sizes of clear self adhesive bicycle frame protection "patches". One of these could be cut to make a number of smaller sizes:
    http://www.amazon.com/Lizard-Skins-C...ef=pd_sim_sg_1
    Or, you could just check your LBS, as I've found a couple of different sheets of various size clear frame patches in the past (I think one of them came from Trek).
    John

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    I'd like to know if anyone has found a vinyl wrap that matches the orange frame (matt).

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