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Old 10-03-12, 08:37 AM
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Alternatives to clear frame protection patches

A number of companies such as Lizardskins offer clear frame protection patches to prevent cable rub and protect the downtube.

I find the prices of these products to be rather expensive for what they are and am trying to figure out of cheaper alternatives.

I think a roll of good quality clear packing tape may do the trick. Has anyone tried this or got any cheaper alternatives to these patches that do the same job at a much cheaper price?
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Old 10-03-12, 08:49 AM
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Packing tape is very thin and not very abrasion resistant. I've used Park's 1st generation glueless patches to protect the headtube from cable rub since they weren't good for much else. Vinyl electrical tape is availabe in a fairly wide range of colors so if you can find one to match your frame, it will work too.
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Are you trying to protect the downtube from the steel inner wire when carrying the bike, or the front end from flopping housing?

If from the wire, it's easier to coat the wire than the frame, and does a better looking job. The best and easiest way to cover the wire is to slip plastic shrink fit tubing over the wire as you thread it, leave enough bare wire at both ends to allow for movement when you shift, then shrink it with a hair drier. Shrink tubing comes in clear, black and a variety of colors.

For the front end, there are a variety of low adhesive clear films available.

OTOH - you could do as I do, and ride your bike, and let it show it's age.
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Adhesive, office supply, lamination sheet material is another option.

& there may be the liner plastic tube separate from the housing to be found..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
...& there may be the liner plastic tube separate from the housing to be found..
Yep, Shimano sells it in ~6' ( or 2M) lengths for about $3.
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I used Jagwire Tube Tops on my latest project. I have downtube under the bottom bracket routing. I used one for each of the derailleur cables where the cable housing would rub the headtube as well as where the brake hoses would rub the headtube from steering column movement. I use a BB cable guide on the BB shell. I got the tube tops at one of my local LBS for about $5.00 They can also be found at many online dealers. http://jagwireusa.com/index.php/products/v/Tube_Tops
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Anything resting against a surface, no matter how soft, will eventually lead to a scuffed/scratched finish due to road dust and grit that inevitably gets under it.

Auto stores sell fairly thick clear adhesive sheets used to protect fenders from stuff thrown up by the tires. Motorcycle shops also stock similar stuff.

For small pieces as needed for to protect the frame where cables might rub, you can find some vinyl repair tape at hardware stores, Walmart, Kmart, etc...
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Yep, Shimano sells it in ~6' ( or 2M) lengths for about $3.
I haven't seen this - were do you get this from?

I'm actually looking for it more to protect the top tube when the bike is resting against something rather than the bottom of the down tube.
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I find good quality 3M packing tape to work well for protecting the top and down tube paint from cable housing, cable locks, and other minor abuse. It does require replacement once every 2 years or so, but I find it worth it since the price is right.
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Just Google "Polyurethane UV resistant (or "outdoor resistant") tape" works very well and is sold in various sized rolls. Most of the clear adhesive frame protection patches are made with this stuff but the price is jacked way up for us cyclists.
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Originally Posted by arod View Post
I haven't seen this - were do you get this from?

I'm actually looking for it more to protect the top tube when the bike is resting against something rather than the bottom of the down tube.
From your LBS via the QBP catalog. It's listed as Jagwire inner liner for Nokon cables. 3, 2 meter pre cut pieces for about $6.50.
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Originally Posted by Crankycrank View Post
Just Google "Polyurethane UV resistant (or "outdoor resistant") tape" works very well and is sold in various sized rolls. Most of the clear adhesive frame protection patches are made with this stuff but the price is jacked way up for us cyclists.
Agree - 3M makes a lot of the stuff on the market anyway. Some of the guys doing serious downhill tape their whole frame with this stuff: http://www.aerotect.net/shop/product250.html
Its a ailable by the roll, but thats probably more than you're looking for. By the foot should work for you.
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Old 10-07-12, 03:34 PM
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car body protection tape - available on ebay and auto body shops.
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