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Old 06-09-11, 08:02 AM
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Can I tape up most of the frame?

I have seen some posts about clear tape to protect from chain rub.
I have a different dilemma.
I have a chance to buy a mid range hybrid for very cheap, but it's
this big red colour - argh
Rocky Mountain Whistler 10 - 2010 bike.
I can't stand the colour/look.
Someone told me just buy it, and tape it up with a colour tape or two.
They said people are doing it anyway, to deter thiefs, because they
can't see what brand and model of bike so easily when cruising around
looking for bikes to steal.
Also, it will protect the whole frame, and will look like new if I ever want
to sell it down the line.
Any thoughts on this?
What tape should I / could I use, for this job?
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Old 06-09-11, 09:05 AM
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Since it's a mid-range hybrid, it's not a major theft target. A lock should do for securing it.

I'd recommend reflective tape. Might as well use this opportunity to make your bike more visible in traffic.

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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
Since it's a mid-range hybrid, it's not a major theft target. A lock should do for securing it.

I'd recommend reflective tape. Might as well use this opportunity to make your bike more visible in traffic.

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How did you come to this conclusion?
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Old 06-09-11, 10:12 AM
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The reflective tape is a practical option .. theft comes from Opportunity,
poor locking techniques ,

and someone's un treated drug habit.
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Old 06-09-11, 11:38 AM
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It's very unfortunate but any bike is in danger of being stolen, at least in the places where i live. At least the theif could sells for $10 or just have a little joyride. It doesn't have to be too valuable.

I saw one guy who taped up his whole roadbike with electrical tape. It did look ugly. Duct tape woudl work, but things would get a bit sticky.

What about spray paint?
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Old 06-09-11, 11:40 AM
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Electrical tape is inexpensive, goes on easily, and comes off with hardly any residue. As a bonus, it'll look like cr@p in a few weeks. It's not reflective, though.
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Old 06-09-11, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
How did you come to this conclusion?
Imagine that you are a thief. You see a mid-range hybrid, and an Orbea side by side, with identical locks. Which one will you try to steal?

I did not say that no one would steal a mid-range hybrid, I said, a MAJOR target.
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Old 06-09-11, 01:11 PM
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it would be nice if there were protective wraps for the different tubes on the bike.
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Old 06-09-11, 05:01 PM
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I think a bike with all the tubes bar-taped would be interesting. Not that I'd be willing to try it.
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Old 06-09-11, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
Imagine that you are a thief. You see a mid-range hybrid, and an Orbea side by side, with identical locks. Which one will you try to steal?
Clearly, you are suggesting that the OP always park his bike next to an expensive bike (which might not be that convenient).

But the person with the Orbea is much more likely to be careful with it. This, these two bikes might not really ever be "side by side".

Anyway, there are so many different things going on that it isn't reasonable that there's one way that characterizes most bicycle thefts

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Old 06-09-11, 05:13 PM
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I saw a bike where the entire frame was covered in old inner tubes ...
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Old 06-09-11, 06:25 PM
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Duct tape.
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Old 06-09-11, 07:00 PM
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I took an airbrush to my old bike. As I was pressing in the headset at the Co-op, the guy that ran the shop says something like " so you painted it so no one would steal it but the campy headset is a dead give away". I told him that I didn't paint it as a theft deterrent but I was sick of the red color and flaking decals so I painted it but I'm a crummy painter.

I'n not sure if the bike thieves here are all that knowledgeable about bikes, they may pass on a seven to get the trek or cannondale.
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Regarding stealing- I have been surprise at some of the crappy bikes that have been stolen. It's sad because usually the person doesn't have a lot of money and they need this crappy bike to get around. Having said that, if the bike is uglier there is less of a chance of it catching the thief's eye.
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
Imagine that you are a thief. You see a mid-range hybrid, and an Orbea side by side, with identical locks. Which one will you try to steal?

I did not say that no one would steal a mid-range hybrid, I said, a MAJOR target.
Interesting point, but you came to this conclusion on an imagined/hypothetical scenario, that will undoubtedly support your claim. It can also go...Imagine you are a thief...you see a mid-range hybrid and an Orbea side by side with NO locks. Which one will you try to steal??? I'd say both. With that, we can make a claim that both high end AND mid range bikes are both prone to be stolen anyway so why even try.

My concern is that you are giving the OP a false sense of security by claiming it is not a major target just because of a percieved value less than that of a high-end bike. I doubt the OP will feel any better if the bike was stolen regardless of the bike around it.

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A question ... is this mid range hybrid aluminum or steel? If steel, rust might be an issue if you tape the frame.
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Old 06-13-11, 06:51 AM
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Having read all the replies, I think I will go for a combo of
electrical tape and reflective tape. And not do the whole
frame. Just cover the brand name, and other sections.
Airbrush sounds like fun - metallic black or something.
But I won't resort to that unless the colour really starts
to bug me. The tape will do the job, and be safer too.
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Maybe the colour will also bug the prospective thief into selecting a different bike.
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Originally Posted by chibibike View Post
it would be nice if there were protective wraps for the different tubes on the bike.
The LBS that I go to has a kit that is basically sheets of clear contact paper for protecting the various tubes on a bike frame.
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Old 06-13-11, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
Clearly, you are suggesting that the OP always park his bike next to an expensive bike (which might not be that convenient).

But the person with the Orbea is much more likely to be careful with it. This, these two bikes might not really ever be "side by side".

Anyway, there are so many different things going on that it isn't reasonable that there's one way that characterizes most bicycle thefts
Exactly, and I can attest to the fact that just because there is an expensive and less expensive bike locked "next to each other" or in the same area. That that is no guarantee that the more expensive bike will be stolen in favor of the less expensive one. Several times I have been at the local library with my Specialized Hardrock when other less expensive bikes have been stolen (on occasion more than one bike has been stolen) and the thieves never even looked at my bike.

Of course it might have something to do with the fact that I use not one, but two locks and a bike cover when I park and lock my bike. Even (or especially) for the casual thief it would take too long to try and get my bike.
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Originally Posted by me beginner View Post
Having read all the replies, I think I will go for a combo of
electrical tape and reflective tape. And not do the whole
frame. Just cover the brand name, and other sections.
Airbrush sounds like fun - metallic black or something.
But I won't resort to that unless the colour really starts
to bug me. The tape will do the job, and be safer too.
If you want someting that will not leave residue and easily removable, use painter's tape or gaffer's tape. It really uglifies the bike, if part of the goal to make the bike unattractive.
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If you don't care about resale value, just take paint thinner to the whole frame down to the metal. I don't think a thief or a potential buyer would ooh-aww over it.
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