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Old 10-09-15, 12:25 PM
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protective clear vinyl on new bike

I'm about to pull the trigger on a new ride. I was thinking: since it's perfect right now, why not cover and protect the areas I know are going to get hammered, and try to keep it nice that much longer? I'm talking about a quality thin clear 3M or similar vinyl- this is the same thing as done on cars now, front ends mostly. Done correctly, you can barely see a line. I'd do the underside of the down tube first, cable rub spots on neck for sure. There's no down side I can think of, but would like to hear if others have done it. (oh, other than about 10 grams for "those types" )

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Old 10-09-15, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by sandman900ss View Post
I'm about to pull the trigger on a new ride. I was thinking: since it's perfect right now, why not cover and protect the areas I know are going to get hammered, and try to keep it nice that much longer? I'm talking about a quality thin clear 3M or similar vinyl- this is the same thing as done on cars now, front ends mostly. Done correctly, you can barely see a line. I'd do the underside of the down tube first, for sure. There's no down side I can think, would like to hear if others have done it. (oh, other than about 20 grams )
Yes, I use the 3M helicopter tape on chain stays and other areas likely to get nicked.
I don't do the bottom of the down tube on a road bike, that area doesn't take damage for me.
I do carefully wrap the chain side of the BB so I can when I take the rear wheel off and need to lay the chain there, it won't mess anything up.

I have a 6" x 6' roll, so I just cut the shape I need out of that.
Use the wet application method and it will be invisible.
I'd post photos, but it would be pointless, you CAN'T SEE IT!!!

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I put clear vinyl to cover cable rub spots. A chain stay protector is on most of my bikes. Not the downtube or BB area.
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Old 10-09-15, 01:09 PM
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You're all correct, I forgot- chain stays should be done first. Heck, why not do the whole bike.
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Old 10-09-15, 01:24 PM
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Helicopter tape works great. If you buy 3M Polyurethane helicopter tape (removable), the adhesive doesn't leave a residue when it is removed.
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Originally Posted by sandman900ss View Post
I'm about to pull the trigger on a new ride. I was thinking: since it's perfect right now, why not cover and protect the areas I know are going to get hammered, and try to keep it nice that much longer? I'm talking about a quality thin clear 3M or similar vinyl- this is the same thing as done on cars now, front ends mostly. Done correctly, you can barely see a line. I'd do the underside of the down tube first, cable rub spots on neck for sure. There's no down side I can think of, but would like to hear if others have done it. (oh, other than about 10 grams for "those types" )
Thanks for the thought. Not a bad idea at all!
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Old 10-09-15, 07:37 PM
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I took mine to the local auto detailer and he applied the stuff he uses on cars. I had it added after i had the bike assembled. Better to do it frame only, you will get much better results. I cannot think of a reason to remove the tape so maybe secret squirrel can shed some light on that one. IDK...
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Old 10-09-15, 09:35 PM
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Most bikes come with a small amount of clear vinyl or other protection. Chain stays and head tube are popular areas where you see this. A bike should not look like this:

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Old 10-09-15, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
Most bikes come with a small amount of clear vinyl or other protection. Chain stays and head tube are popular areas where you see this. A bike should not look like this:

during grade school, my best friend's mother, adorned all her furniture with those clear plastic covers.

i met him a number of years later, when we were adults, and i asked about his family, but what i really wanted to know is if his mother's furniture still wore those awful, ugly, uncomfortable covers. so i asked. he said yes, and he added that those matching plastic runners were still on the hall carpet too.

i figured as much...
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Old 10-10-15, 08:16 AM
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I can't imagine doing the entire bike that way without some areas looking bad. It's easy on a flat surface like a car hood or a small area like chainstays. But I think a complete bike won't work.

A few dings and scratches are normal. Having said that my three year old bike doesn't have a nick or scratch. But I imagine many people might want a new or different pant job anyway after several years.
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Old 10-13-15, 04:52 AM
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If I upgrade my bike to something nicer than my current hybrid, I will consider this.

On my 7.4 FX, the small nicks and scratches add character.
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Originally Posted by highrpm View Post

small nicks and scratches add character.
I agree.
OP what bike are you buying?
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