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    How are you guys preventing your frames from getting scratches?

    My new bike is coming in later in the week, and don't want to scratch it up like what I have now. I have got some light scratches on the seat tube from resting the bike on benches and trees. In addition to that some on the top tube from getting through doors. Also some on the chainstay from locking it up. I try to be careful, but I got to ride the hell out of it too. I take good care of my stuff, but bikes seem unprotectable!!! Is there some sort of total invisible clear plastic shield for frames, like they make for electronics? I am really wondering how all the pics of bikes here seem to magically seem be in perfect condition?
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    when i rest it on things, i make sure just the bars/saddle touch, my lock is rubber coated and i use it with care, and i am overall very careful. my bike is not perfect, but it stays pretty nice.

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    Mine was scratched when it came into my possession... I think biking is more enjoyable when you aren't worried about getting scratches.

    I know that's not useful at all for what you were asking, so for some actual contribution, perhaps spray on some sort of additional layer of clear coat?

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    Umm...I ride second hand bikes, so there's typically no worry about little scratches. It happens.

    But, I would suggest stickers or electrical tape if you're really concerned. The electrical tape sticks mostly to itself, not to the frame so much.

    There's also some kind of stick on lamination you can buy...just google "street wrapz."

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    I coated most of a mountain bike in this once. Its the stuff wrench handles are covered in. They also make it in clear.

    Ride lots, have fun, skid often!

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    Scratches are battle scars in my opinion.
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    No paint on my frame(chrome), I'll get a close up on the rims though and post them here. They look pristine in picture, but are showing the scars in person.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
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    Everybody here is psychic we all have powers that create a force field around us and our bikes while riding; best scratch prevention ever.

    For you non psychic members aside from not using it; just protect the major places prone to scratches on a frame aka the top tube mostly from leaning on things during lock up; just get a top tube pad for it.

    And if you are so scared just get 3 top tube pads to cover the down tube and seat tube...

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    I covered the non-drive-side of my rear triangle with stickers, since that is where I contact with whatever I'm locking up to (using the Sheldon method of locking). So far, so good. Most of the bikes pictured in pristine condition are probably either new bikes, or not ridden.

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    I went a year without scratches. But then it happened, happened again and again and now its just how it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybrown View Post
    There's also some kind of stick on lamination you can buy...just google "street wrapz."
    Lol, blast from the past
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    stickers imo
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    because physics has more street cred than tarckstars.

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    caution - rant to follow:

    hahaha I just went and scratched mine on purpose just because you posted this thread! if the finish on my bikes ever becomes precious I will sorely dislike myself. you don't have to remove your shoes when you come visit my home. you can some sand between your toes when you jump in my car after the beach. heck you can even eat ice cream in my car! I appreciate a nice looking bike, and I try to prevent the bikes from scratching my car when racked up, but these are the toys in my life and I accept them for their benefits and their little annoyances. I have hardwood floors but Ive also had aquariums. sometimes a little water splashes here and there, so what. the floors will show the character of the owners. as will the kitchen table with the fork marks from my kids from when they learned to use utensils.

    if you meet me for a ride and show me a pristine 10 yr old bike completely scratchless ... I'm gonna look at you funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
    Scratches are battle scars in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noir Lethal View Post
    How are you guys preventing your frames from getting scratches?
    I'm not.

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    I simply treat my FG bikes as I do with my road bikes, with care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
    Most of the bikes pictured in pristine condition are probably either new bikes, or not ridden.
    Probabaly true, but both of my bikes are pretty pristine and I ride them all the damn time. Most likely because I can count the times I've had to lock one of them up outside on one hand and it's only been for a few minutes at a time while I run into a store or whatever. Luckily, the wife and I have the luxury of keeping our bikes in a spare room in our house and I bring my bike inside where I work. It also doesn't hurt that one of my jobs is at a bike shop.

    I keep my cars and house clean too. I guess that's just me. As you can tell by your sig, I'm somewhat of a diva.

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    I don't scratch my bike. It is the careless other MTB riders that lock up right next to me, and put huge scratches in my new Deep v's

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    I have no time to worry about scratches

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    The main thing you can do is not ride your bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Luckily, the wife and I have the luxury of keeping our bikes in a spare room in our house and I bring my bike inside where I work. It also doesn't hurt that one of my jobs is at a bike shop.
    Hey Scrod...

    I see you post all the time and have noticed you live in Beverly, which is near me (Cambridge). You seem like you know what you're talking about, and now you mention you work at a bike shop -- definitely a shop I'd like to shop at. So which one?

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    I put black reflective tape on mine. Can't see it in the day unless I look really hard and has the bonus of lighting up at night. I didn't put it on there for scratch protection, but it does that too. This will work depending on your frame color.

    I know they make clear adhesive film for cars. You could use some of that. Something like this...
    http://www.clearmask.com/3M-films.php
    There are many other brands and styles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Fu Manchu View Post
    The main thing you can do is not ride your bike
    lol, this.
    Quote Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
    My nuts are always sliding all over the place when I skid. Need some grip. For my nuts.

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    Your stress level will drop by about 90% after you put that first little scratch on your bike.

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