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Frame protection vinyl wraps?

Old 05-04-21, 12:15 PM
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Frame protection vinyl wraps?

Hello, I just bought a brand new Spacialized Roubaix. I was thinking about using a frame protector like RideWrap or Invisiframe, Do you guys have any experience with these? are these more a mountain or gravel bike thing?


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Old 05-04-21, 01:42 PM
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We've used 3M 8-mil tape to protect frames.

It works fine. Just make sure to apply it securely on all the edges, or the corners will lift off.
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I bought some clear 3M auto vinyl wrap for use on bikes. I mostly used it on the track frame because I hang the chain on the seat stay when swapping gears.
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Old 05-08-21, 10:19 AM
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You really don't need to protect the frame, they are pretty hardy.

Maybe the bottom of the downtime if you're doing a significant amount of gravel riding.
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Old 05-10-21, 07:04 AM
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I've always just used clear shelf liner at spots where cables or feet will rub on frame - cheap, stays on, easy to get off and replace when need be.
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Whatever you get, it needs to be able to do a compound bend if you want to put it on things like snaky chain stays. Few products will do that.


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You really don't need to protect the frame, they are pretty hardy.

Maybe the bottom of the downtime if you're doing a significant amount of gravel riding.

Oh, and cable rub is real, looks like crap, and lowers resale value.
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If you don't protect the paint you can use the nicks and scratches as justification for a new bike sooner.
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Know a guy riding a Pinarello with mylar strips all over it. Pretty sad sight. Would be like buying a Rolex (I prefer Citizen myself) and leaving the plastic crystal cover on it and going out to a fancy restaurant. OK, now for the cycling crowd. Like buying a Garmin and leaving the plastic screen cover on it.
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See strip around head tube. There’s also a 2 cm sq patch on the far side of the top tube to protect it from that cable.


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If you don't protect the paint you can use the nicks and scratches as justification for a new bike sooner.
Sandpaper is your friend. Your LBS provides this for free if you explain your predicament.

Or it's included with the park tools glueless patch kit, which are good for protecting those little spots where cable rub occurs.
https://www.parktool.com/product/super-patch-kit-gp-2
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I have Invisiframe on my carbon mountain bikes (it really is invisible too) but never bothered with it on a road bike. I would fit it on a gravel bike though, if I had one, as that would be the worst case scenario for getting frame chips if you did literally ride on loose gravel!
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I got a 2020 BMC Road Machine Three last year and thought it would look tacky with frame protection so I decided to take the risk and not protect it. Sure enough, within the first week of having it I managed to scratch it - I was grabbing a my all time favourite breakfast from a local coffee shop (Smoked Salmon, cream cheese, and red onion), I lightly leaned the bike up against the wall out front and when I got out I noticed the wind must've moved it a bit as it had a scratch in the top tube and it was leaning on a different angle then I left it. I kid you not, I was so shocked that I somehow dropped my bagel on the ground and didn't even have the appetite to go in and grab another one. With one bagel casualty and a scratched frame, I was obviously I was pretty bummed out about this and didn't want it to happen again. A friend of mine had recommended RideWrap so I ordered a covered kit to make sure this wouldn't happen. When I got the kit, I was pleased to find out that the installation process was very easy and satisfying, but it also did a really good job at hiding the scratch on the top tube. Now both the RideWrap and the scratch are barely even noticeable and I haven't had any other issues with cosmetic damage to the frame! Finally, I'm able to enjoy my bagels without worrying about dropping them or damaging my bike
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I’ll put this stuff on a drive side chain stay, and may be a little bit on the head tube to prevent cable rub. Any more than that, though, and it starts to look ridiculous, like those cars back in the 80s and 90s that would have the vinyl “bra“ on the front end – which looked way worse than a few paint chips.

Maybe a better comparison is that plastic covering that my grandparents kept on their living room sofa all the time… They wouldn’t take it off even when we visited once a year. I used to wonder: are they waiting for the queen of England to come over?
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I’ll put this stuff on a drive side chain stay, and may be a little bit on the head tube to prevent cable rub. Any more than that, though, and it starts to look ridiculous, like those cars back in the 80s and 90s that would have the vinyl “bra“ on the front end – which looked way worse than a few paint chips.

Maybe a better comparison is that plastic covering that my grandparents kept on their living room sofa all the time… They wouldn’t take it off even when we visited once a year. I used to wonder: are they waiting for the queen of England to come over?
I know what you mean, but the more bespoke fitted protection kits like Invisiframe are more or less invisible. A bit like paint protection film on modern cars. Actually it's the same product.
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Just put clear 3m film on my down tube. Soapy water is your friend when applying protective film.
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