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    Minimizing scuff marks on walls

    The walls in my staircase as well as the walls in my living room are gradually accumulated black scuff marks from handlebars and tires. Any advice on how to:

    1. Clean the scuff marks without repainting the entire wall?
    2. Prevent future scuff marks from forming?

    Thanks!

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    1. Soap and water.

    2. Don't bang the handlebars and tires against the wall.

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    Baking soda and water.

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    -clear silicone on the handlebar?
    -plastic on the wall where you put your bike on?

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    MagicEraser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GamecockTaco View Post
    MagicEraser.
    This ^^^^^

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    The MagicEraser does work. I've just learned to use it regularly and try not to bang the wall with the bike.
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    Hang Tapestries ..

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    I like Borax lately for cleaning stuff but yeah, stop whacking the walls with your precious cargo!

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    Use a $15.99 stand. I use the following at home, and I'm quite pleased with it:
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_170404_-1___
    http://treadrightly.blogspot.com/

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    Magic Eraser, as others have said. If you have a Family Dollar in your area, they sell a generic version that works nearly as well and is really cheap. You can get a lot of use out of one either way. Just let them dry and put them away for next time.

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    Also you could stick socks on your handlebars and then concentrate on keeping your wheels away from the wall.

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    Try rolling your bike around on the back wheel only, while holding it upright by the bars. This should give you more control as the bike will be "higher" but not as long.

    And yea, those magic erasers work wonders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Hang Tapestries ..
    +1

    You could get several depicting scenes in various parts of the world. When you lean your bicycle against each, you could pretend you're there.

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    SHOUT it OUT

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    to prevent future scuff marks:
    -old long socks for the handlebar
    -old scarf + velcro for the tires or some wheel covers like those


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    my mind says you have to remove the wheels to put those socks on. That would get to be a pain in the kiester.

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    ^no need. You can see the opening at the bottom of the front wheel. It's like a scarf that you attach both ends together
    Last edited by erig007; 11-10-13 at 02:00 PM.

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    Wainscoting with hardwood chair rail at handlebar height.


    Mahogany wainscoting and chair rail by joshua_putnam, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
    I had those for a motorcycle, though mine plugged in to preheat the tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    I had those for a motorcycle, though mine plugged in to preheat the tires.
    I've never ridden a motorcycle. Why would you want to preheat the tires?

    M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEversbergII View Post
    I've never ridden a motorcycle. Why would you want to preheat the tires?
    They do that on racing bikes to improve grip. Otherwise it would take a lap or two for the tires to start gripping properly.

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