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    3M Clear Bra for Road Bikes?

    My bike shop is finishing up my 2014 TREK Madone build. I've heard some riders on this forum talking about a 3M clear bra made for road bikes. Has anyone put anything like this on their frame? All I can find on Amazon is a Lizard Skin clear downtube protector film. I'd like to apply the 3M clear bra to the entire frame if possible...similar to what many of us have on our cars. Please let me know if you're aware of any retailers that sell something like this. Thanks!
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    helicopter tape
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    Suspect the 3M "bra" is 3M packing tape, but what do I know.

    I bought my Novarra bike on the theory that since it was relatively cheap at $879 it wouldn't pain me to see it get scratched up by bike racks. Well, not so much. It's just so.... shiny and new. So I did a partial 3M bra, and used clear packing tape on the right side of the frame tubes and fork where they contact the racks. Works fine so far.
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    I've already spent more on accessories than the new bike cost, now I have to buy a bra?

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    They are talking about this stuff. You have to fit it yourself as they don't make a kit for bikes that I have seen. You can get smaller pieces of it on Ebay.

    Amazon.com: 3M Clear Bra Paint Protection Bulk Film Roll 6-by-48-inches: Automotive

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    For the entire frame...? Why not just ride it indoors only then? LOL

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    Good grief. It's a bike, not a Renaissance painting.

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    Usually only applied to the chainstay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Dockrey View Post
    They are talking about this stuff. You have to fit it yourself as they don't make a kit for bikes that I have seen. You can get smaller pieces of it on Ebay.

    Amazon.com: 3M Clear Bra Paint Protection Bulk Film Roll 6-by-48-inches: Automotive
    Pfft, you gotta go carbon

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    I've used these guys before with good success: Crankskins

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLvector View Post
    Usually only applied to the chainstay.
    Yep. I put a strip of it on my chain stay. That is all. I could see maybe using a small piece at potential cable rub points or something like that, but the whole bike seems silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwchad View Post
    but [on] the whole bike, seems silly.
    Until a bad batch gets through quality control with indentations in the film and someone purports those dimples lowers CdA

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    What if the bra paint protector gets scratched? Is there a bra paint protector protector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonGreg View Post
    My bike shop is finishing up my 2014 TREK Madone build. I've heard some riders on this forum talking about a 3M clear bra made for road bikes. Has anyone put anything like this on their frame? All I can find on Amazon is a Lizard Skin clear downtube protector film. I'd like to apply the 3M clear bra to the entire frame if possible...similar to what many of us have on our cars. Please let me know if you're aware of any retailers that sell something like this. Thanks!
    Not real ones. These are the people on brand new Trek Madone's maxing out at 15mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danmc View Post
    What if the bra paint protector gets scratched? Is there a bra paint protector protector?

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    Won't it add weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heffdiddy View Post
    Not real ones. These are the people on brand new Trek Madone's maxing out at 15mph.
    Okay-gotcha. I didn't want to cover the entire thing but I did purchase a Lizard Skins clear down tube protector. Thanks for all the input. I should also say I ended up going with the Domane 5.2 instead of the Madone 4.3. Picking up next Monday and very excited. I'll post some pics next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonGreg View Post
    Okay-gotcha. I didn't want to cover the entire thing but I did purchase a Lizard Skins clear down tube protector. Thanks for all the input. I should also say I ended up going with the Domane 5.2 instead of the Madone 4.3. Picking up next Monday and very excited. I'll post some pics next week.
    Can't they come up with more interesting names ?? Or is it like software. ... You get version 5, then you download a 5.2 update ?
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    You can wrap your entire bike + wheels + tires for about $120 if you use venture shield:

    VentureShield? paint protection film

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    Pfft, you gotta go carbon

    I don't know, looks like that "Chinese carbon" to me. I'd hate for my bra to asplode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LansingWes View Post
    I don't know, looks like that "Chinese carbon" to me. I'd hate for my bra to asplode.
    That's the beauty of chinese carbon: it's mostly just plastic. It bends around instead of breaking.

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    Also look in to Race Shield.I use it on the cranks on all of my bikes,but a tad expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwchad View Post
    Yep. I put a strip of it on my chain stay. That is all. I could see maybe using a small piece at potential cable rub points or something like that, but the whole bike seems silly.
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