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Old 08-23-18, 07:00 PM
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Scratch Free Bikes After 1 Year Plus

Who has managed to keep their bikes relatively scratch free after a year of riding. This is an impossible task, unless you leave the bike at home and never ride it.
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Old 08-23-18, 08:17 PM
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Given your premise, you are asking people to raise their hands and admit that they buy new bikes and never ride them. I donít think youíll get very many of those responses on a forum dedicated to cycling.
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An unscratched bike makes me sad.
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I didn’t buy my bike so it can sit in a glass box and rub it with a diaper. It’s like when my fiancť *****es and moans about scratches on her car. Honey if you drive it then this stuff will happen. It’s just stuff people!
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Old 08-23-18, 08:31 PM
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I dunno, ever watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS, when they have people bring in toys they were given as kids from the 1930's and 40's that are still in new condition in the original box?

Some amazingly responsible kid had the restraint and foresight to take perfect care of the item, as well as keep the original box. I was never such a kid, but some people are just this way even as kids. probably far less than 5% of the population. Who are responsible for nearly 100% of the antique toys that come up for auction in perfect condition.
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My Ti bike is in pretty top shape. The cranks did get a little bit of nicking but the frame is unmarked. However bikes are meant to be ridden, scratches suck but they happen and if you are riding the bike it don't matter as long as you enjoy it!
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Old 08-23-18, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
I dunno, ever watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS, when they have people bring in toys they were given as kids from the 1930's and 40's that are still in new condition in the original box?

Some amazingly responsible kid had the restraint and foresight to take perfect care of the item, as well as keep the original box. I was never such a kid, but some people are just this way even as kids. probably far less than 5% of the population. Who are responsible for nearly 100% of the antique toys that come up for auction in perfect condition.
I hear ya but it comes down to different strokes for different folks. For example being born in 1974 and what I grew up with I had Smurfs, Star Wars characters and much more would be worth a fortune today if I never played with them. But I did just that; in fact the only toy I really didn’t get to play with as a kid was my train set because my mom said it would be worth money some day. I didn’t see the point if you get something use it. In the end the thing rusted and her so cold investment became junk.

What I am saying is when our time is up we can’t take it with us so unless you are planning to make a profit, enjoy it instead of putting it up on a mantle.

Side note I still have my original Star War sheets that I used many times and still in mint condition. Waiting for the right time to sell that and it won’t be cheap for it’s the real deal.
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My fat bike is relatively scratch free. Much softer crashing in snow than on tarmac
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For the peeps that like the idea of a scratched bike, you would love my Marin road bike. On my second ride, I somehow took a spill, Erased my memory for 30 minutes or so (with no recollection of crash), and came to while still riding a bike with scratches on the left front and rear. Oh, well. I’m lucky the concussion left no permanent injuries and nothing was bent. After two years, thebike still rides super nice.
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Who has managed to keep their bikes relatively scratch free after a year of riding. This is an impossible task, unless you leave the bike at home and never ride it.
this is why, much as Iíd love one, Iíll never have some exquisite De Rosa or Colnago steel frame - the first scratch would break my heart. Unpainted Ti is way easier to live with
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Kickstands help to reduce frame scratches.
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I ordered a frame pad for my Long Haul Trucker right after buying it, to put on the top tube so it wouldn't get scratched when parking it, leaned up against the rusty poles and sign posts I have to use when parking the bike in my area. Before it arrived, I embarked on its first trip to the store. I parked, shopped, loaded the bags, unlocked the bike, and it rolled back, scraping the top tube along the rusty sign post, leaving a nice scrape. lol It was christened on its first real day of use. The pad arrived a few days later.
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XPEL.com no nicks, no scratches, no runs or errors! Works beautifully when applied right.

I pass on purchasing any used or new scratched bikes.... diminished value and neglect
quickly come to mind.
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NuFinish scratch doctor is amazing stuff. Got a yellow scratch on my brand new white bike and poof - gone! I have no idea how or why it works, but it's damn near magic. Also did wonders for my 3 year old Sidi shoes made out of that pleather stuff they use and my wife's bumper.
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Heck, my new bike got scratched on the way home in the back of the truck
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I usually used spray paint to fix scratches.
Any recommended tips?
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Given your premise, you are asking people to raise their hands and admit that they buy new bikes and never ride them. I donít think youíll get very many of those responses on a forum dedicated to cycling.
This describes me to a large extent. I like tinkering with bikes and detailing them. Last year I sold a bike that I had owned for six years and the buyer wanted to see my original sales invoice as he didn't believe the bike was unmarked after six years.

Car detailing is one of my hobbies so I've extended it to detailing bicycles.

All of my bikes are parked in display stands so they don't touch each other or walls.

I find tinkering with bikes and detailing them very therapeutic and rewarding, and a great way to de-stress. I do ride my bikes sometimes, but never in bad weather. Each to their own, I guess...
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Scratches are character marks that tell a story.
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This describes me to a large extent. I like tinkering with bikes and detailing them. Last year I sold a bike that I had owned for six years and the buyer wanted to see my original sales invoice as he didn't believe the bike was unmarked after six years.

Car detailing is one of my hobbies so I've extended it to detailing bicycles.

All of my bikes are parked in display stands so they don't touch each other or walls.

I find tinkering with bikes and detailing them very therapeutic and rewarding, and a great way to de-stress. I do ride my bikes sometimes, but never in bad weather. Each to their own, I guess...
Maybe you should come visit me...I have some bikes that could use some detailing and TLC!
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Originally Posted by phughes View Post
I ordered a frame pad for my Long Haul Trucker right after buying it, to put on the top tube so it wouldn't get scratched when parking it, leaned up against the rusty poles and sign posts I have to use when parking the bike in my area. Before it arrived, I embarked on its first trip to the store. I parked, shopped, loaded the bags, unlocked the bike, and it rolled back, scraping the top tube along the rusty sign post, leaving a nice scrape. lol It was christened on its first real day of use. The pad arrived a few days later.
At least the pad now covers the scratches. 🙂
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>XPEL.com no nicks, no scratches, no runs...

I bought a bike that had something like xpel applied to its newly painted surface. It was beautiful until the first scratch event which colored the scratch white. It showed anyone looking close enough that there was a film applied. My further, inevitable scratches finally made it look horrible so I ripped it all off. I'm just naturally rough on my stuff.
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>An unscratched bike makes me sad.

It was Grant Petersen of Rivendell who, I think, coined the word "beausage" to glorify the evidence of good bike use.
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A brushed titanium finish goes a long way to keep things looking good. A scotch bright pad takes care of most blemishes easily. On another bike I was replacing a broken shifter with shiny new one. After retaping the bars, I knocked it over and put an ugly gouge on the new lever. Some things just aren't meant to be unblemished.
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Yeah, that kind of thing used to bother me a lot, but in this world, you won't find ever anything that's 100% flawless. If you think it's flawless, you probably aren't looking close enough. Just post some pics here, and it's guaranteed someone will find something wrong with it.

I just tell myself that if a thing was beautiful enough before the scratch, that beauty will still shine though, and the more beautiful something is, the harder you are gonna have to try in order to destroy that beauty.
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My father was so careful with his stuff that he hardly used it. He never once tied his boat to the dock lest it get a scratch, was reluctant to put the top down on a 60 Chevy convertible because it would wear it out. He dropped a hammer on the washing machine and ordered a new lid.

While I exercise care I use my stuff and it looks like it.
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