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Old 05-26-09, 01:55 PM
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How do you fasten cables to bike's frame?

I wonder - how do you fasten cables (like bike computer cable) to bike's frame? There are a couple of options, as far as I know:
  1. cable ties
  2. postal tape
  3. Duck Tape

Duck Tape and postal tape - do they cause any damage to bike's frame?

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most people use cable ties or electrical tape to keep wires to the frame.
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clear packing tape.


use duck tape or electrical tape if you want that ugly look.

if you get sticky residue on the frame from the tape, use WD-40 and a rag to remove it.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
clear packing tape.


use duck tape or electrical tape if you want that ugly look.

if you get sticky residue on the frame from the tape, use WD-40 and a rag to remove it.
Thanks!

Packing tape works perfectly, I'm just wondering if it's not going cause demage to the paint on the bike frame.

I didn't know that WD-40 removes glue residue ...
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Originally Posted by bikeman715 View Post
most people use cable ties or electrical tape to keep wires to the frame.
Thanks!

I read somewhere that electrical tape sticks to itself, but not to wires/cables. Is it true?
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Or... you could use cable clips.
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Or a dab of silicone.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Or... you could use cable clips.
What are cable clips?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Or a dab of silicone.
Any special type of silicone?

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You could use something like this , which you could get at a Home Depot type of store. I'll warn you that I made a total mess when I tried this, but if you're careful, it might work out well.

Go to a bike shop and find out what a cable clip. It's really the best thing.

And it's duct tape, not duck tape. It was originally developed for taping ducts. I've never taped a duck.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
You could use something like this , which you could get at a Home Depot type of store. I'll warn you that I made a total mess when I tried this, but if you're careful, it might work out well.

Go to a bike shop and find out what a cable clip. It's really the best thing.

And it's duct tape, not duck tape. It was originally developed for taping ducts. I've never taped a duck.
Duct tape is universally known as the handyman's secret weapon.
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You can get clear silicone sealant in small squeeze tubes at most hardware stores. It works pretty good for holding cadence sensor magnets on the back side of crank arms, also.



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For a super clean installation, use silicone and electrical tape.

The trick is to use dabs of silicone adhesive, then wrap with the electrical tape that won't stick to the silicone (and can actually smooth it out). You can also try putting a thin line of silicone behind the wire, then covering it longitudally with the tape. Peel it off once the silicone sets.

Later when you want to remove it, some finger friction will roll the silicone off the paint leaving no marks.

I'll also add that a good mechanic can install most computers without fastening wires to the frame.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
You could use something like this , which you could get at a Home Depot type of store. I'll warn you that I made a total mess when I tried this, but if you're careful, it might work out well.

Go to a bike shop and find out what a cable clip. It's really the best thing.

And it's duct tape, not duck tape. It was originally developed for taping ducts. I've never taped a duck.
Some people get their kink on in ways you apparently cannot imagine.
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But there is a Duck brand of tape made by Henkel Consumer Adhesives.
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Thanks for all the answers. I learned a lot from them.
And yes, it's called "Duct Tape and not "Duck Tape"
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Isn't there places for the cables on the frame already? I don't get it, what do you need to tape? The only tape on my bike, is at the ends of the bar tape.
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Isn't there places for the cables on the frame already? I don't get it, what do you need to tape? The only tape on my bike, is at the ends of the bar tape.
Most frames do not have provisions for computer wiring or wireless computer sensor installlation. Also nuts like me need to run cables for brakes and gear hubs on track style frames w/o cable guide provisions on occasion. Another example for wiring runs is installation of a dynamo front wheel on most bikes.
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Originally Posted by johnknappcc View Post
Isn't there places for the cables on the frame already? I don't get it, what do you need to tape? The only tape on my bike, is at the ends of the bar tape.
Bicycle computer cable.

There are two parts that I'm concerned about in the case of computer cables -- the front suspension and the front wheel. Both move. I don't want the cable get cought there.
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Originally Posted by johnknappcc View Post
Isn't there places for the cables on the frame already? I don't get it, what do you need to tape? The only tape on my bike, is at the ends of the bar tape.
What fer? Do it the old timey way top down and ya' don't need any that ther' tape.
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OK, didn't get the whole "computer cable" thing, sorry, I just wrapped mine around the fork and down to the sensor location . . . I think it looks tough, but your right, with suspension I could see how that would be a problem. In that case, my vote is for packing tape.

What fer? Do it the old timey way top down and ya' don't need any that ther' tape.
True, I do worry about the weight of the electrical tape, could it be slowing me down?
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
And it's duct tape, not duck tape.
That is not true, it is only one side of an unresolved argument.

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