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Old 02-20-24, 01:39 AM
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New bike protection

Picking up a new tarmac sl7 and considering some type of paint protection. Stickers, wrap, decalsÖ. Anybody have and recommendations or pics of your bike with protection?? Iíve actually seen wraps, Lucile cars, for bikes which seems like overkill.
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Honda spray. Applied 2-3 times every year.
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Originally Posted by Jpw4
Picking up a new tarmac sl7 and considering some type of paint protection. Stickers, wrap, decalsÖ. Anybody have and recommendations or pics of your bike with protection?? Iíve actually seen wraps, Lucile cars, for bikes which seems like overkill.
Invisiframe clear film protection is really good and it looks like they do a custom kit for the Tarmac SL7. UK based, but they probably ship. I've used their protection film kits on several carbon mountain bike frames to avoid gravel rash and it really is invisible. But I don't bother with it on road bikes.

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I favor just keeping it clean. Scratches and other stuff tell you history. When it gets too much history, you know it's time for a new bike.

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I prefer to let my bikes acquire some patina. I buy 'em to ride, not to worship.

However, my friend got a product like the one mentioned by PeteHski , above (don't know if it's the same brand), and it is pretty much invisible on the bike.
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Try a "porcelain car coating" found in an automotive part store.
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use bread ties to affix trash bags to the frame & fork. Protects against theft too!
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When Ravel/Gravel biking was done on regular modified hybrid bicycles I used Blue Painters Tape on the front of my Down Tube and the back side of my Seat Tube and Stays. It really saved allot of wear and tear on my paint jobs. Some times just a short span of light gravel would really tear up the tape. When spotted by others out on the single track no one ever made a bad comment about my funky painter taped bike. More often I got nods of approval...
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I just ride the bike, keep it clean and if it gets a scratch I cry for a second and then move on with my life. Bikes get scratches it happens. That is why I got a titanium mountain bike so I don't have to worry about paint or anything looking bad and if it gets dirty I can spray it with a hose no problems no paint or anything to damage.

I will admit a good looking nice paint job is annoying to damage but luckily currently I don't have any custom paint so I don't worry and if it does get a little something I can go to a nail salon and get touch up paint or just leave it and enjoy my ride.

I find stickers and decals and stuff to be a good potential for making a bike look worse. Some don't especially if you have really steady hands and excellent level vision and are super careful. I am not so much so my stuff tends to look not so good.
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