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pump rubbing frame - solution?

Old 01-15-10, 12:12 PM
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pump rubbing frame - solution?

I have a Quicker Pro pump that I use on all of my bikes. I've noticed on the seat tube of one bike (a carbon frame) that there is some rubbing/dulling right where I mount the pump. There isn't any dulling of the clear coat on the other side. I'm guessing it has to be either the pump rubbing, the holder rubbing, or my foot pushing the pump into the tube (however, I've never noticed my foot hitting the pump, but maybe it touches it lightly)

https://www.velo-orange.com/quickerpropump.html

The mount holder is just a rubber one. Still, like I said, as the rubbing/dulling is only on one side of the seat tube I think that is must be the pump.

I've also tried a Zefal Doodad holder/strap. It keeps the pump off the tube, but I'm not sure if it is helping.

1) Does anyone else have this problem? (On my steel bikes the paint is just fine, but the carbon clear coat is dulling)

2) Anyone have any straps/mounts they'd suggest? (I don't mind the pump in my jacket pocket in the winter, but during the warmer months I like to mount the pump on the bike.

3) Can you polish up the clear coat on carbon? (not a huge deal, but why not make it look better, if possible). I don't want to use clear nail polish or anything half-arsed. It is 2-3" long and just dull looking, hard to see if you don't know it's there, but a good eye can see it.

4) I have also been checking out other pumps, so I could just mount a pump on each bike and not have to switch them, just grab a bike and go. Lots of good feedback on the Lezyne pumps. Has anyone has paint/clear coat scuffing issues with the Lezyne mount system?
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Old 01-15-10, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by nayr497 View Post

1) Does anyone else have this problem? (On my steel bikes the paint is just fine, but the carbon clear coat is dulling)
Most effective solution: Replace all carbon fiber materials with either steel or titanium.
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Originally Posted by bigtea View Post
Most effective solution: Don't carry a pump or bag. Hire a team car.
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Old 01-15-10, 12:42 PM
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^ Ha ha ha...bigtea, that is a very simple and likely effective solution. However, I would be a little bit sad to throw out my carbon bike, since it has not exploded yet and it isn't even a year old!

The paint on my two steel bikes is of great quality and I haven't noticed any rubbing/dulling marks.

Oh wow, I carry a pump and use a saddle bag. I'm really doing it wrong! I'd love to have a team car. The funny thing is that my girlfriend has commented, "Why the heck do you even need a pump...you carry those carbon things!" (meaning the co2 canisters)

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You could wrap tape or something around the part getting rubbed, but in my experience, that does just as much to the finish. I gave up and accepted that my seatpost will always have a rub mark from my seatbag and my head tube will always have rub marks from the cables.

My pump, btw uses a bottle cage mount. No rubbing there.
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Old 01-15-10, 01:10 PM
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Solution: quit obsessing over minor blemishes on the bike, which is just a piece of athletic equipment, designed to be ridden hard in all conditions.
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Okay, so maybe a different holder would help; I'll try to find a cage mount one that works.

I'm getting much better about not worrying about small rub marks and blemishes.

Creaky...you are right and I realize this, however, the bike is relatively new and I'm just looking to keep it in the best shape as possible for as long as possible. Sure, I like it to look nice, but I also take good care of all of my things, especially when they are costly, because I want them to last. Yeah, the pump isn't going to rub a hole through the tubing, but I'm just trying to avoid making the rub mark any worse.
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
Solution: quit obsessing over minor blemishes on the bike, which is just a piece of athletic equipment, designed to be ridden hard in all conditions.
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Why no Co2?,, throw it on jersey pocket done and done.
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Go to your pool store and get some vinyl patch. Its a clear vinyl self adhesive patch. Cut so size and prefered shape and apply. I also use it where cables rub on head tube bottles rub etc.
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Originally Posted by nayr497 View Post
the bike is relatively new and I'm just looking to keep it in the best shape as possible for as long as possible.
This is the problem with listening to poseurs on bikeforums. Their secret is that the best way to keep a bike looking new is to not actually ride it. For those of us who actually use our bikes, they look used.
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put a piece of sticky felt or tape on your pump
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Maybe try using clear stickers on your frame like the ones they put on your headtube to stop cable rub


Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
Solution: quit obsessing over minor blemishes on the bike, which is just a piece of athletic equipment, designed to be ridden hard in all conditions.
I don't buy into this "it's a tool not a jewel" bs. Looking after my bike is part of my road cyclist related OCD. It's not as if I have a sponsor handing me new equipment annually. The fact that my OCD wouldn't allow me to mount a frame pump on my carbon bike didn't stop me responding to this thread

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Old 01-17-10, 08:25 AM
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Hmm, the clear vinyl sounds like a good solution. Or the HT stickers. I could also try some electrical tape on the pump. And, I could also just put the pump in my pockets, as it is pretty small, but that kinds of bugs me in the summer. I'll have to weigh which bugs me more.

I carry co2 + a pump.

And yeah, I ride this bike a lot, but like I wrote, why not keep it as nice looking and unblemished as possible? It's a tool...and I take care of all of my tools, especially those that cost thousands of dollars.

Thanks for all the replies!
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I use that clear stuff. Its called "helicopter tape". Race car mechanics use it too. My bike does not have cable stops welded onto the downtube. That means the cables rub on the head tube and I put that helicopter tape on the head tube where it rubs with the cables. It works great.

The helicopter tape won't yellow, is transparent, and comes off easy enough because it doesn't have really sticky adhesive to it. I know a airplane mechanic and he gave me a few sheets of it. I would imagine that if you live near a local private airport, you can find some and just pay a few bucks for a sheet. I wouldn't bother trying the web sites. They'll want you to buy a whole roll.
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