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The ONE irritating drawback to having a carbon bike IMO

Old 11-13-11, 01:27 PM
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The ONE irritating drawback to having a carbon bike IMO

I just swapped from an Al bike to a Carbon bike and I love almost every aspect of the upgrade I made. The ride, groupset, fit, feel...everything except one detail. I cannot lean my bike against anything that it doesn't scratch, chip, or rub the clearcoat in a highly visible way. Even putting it on the bike rack with rubber ties, there are three distinct rub marks on the frame from vibration going down the road.
None of it is going to cause a structural issue, but it sure is irritating looking at a bike I have had for a few months that already is beginning to look worse than the previous one I owned for two years and treated the same way.
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Easy fix:
https://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...VentureShield/
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Rub marks and minor scratches in the clear coat USUALLY are easily buffed out. Deeper ones are another matter.
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Here, just for you. Just keep it in your jersey pocket.

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How is this different from marring the paint on a welded metal frame?
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I'm guessing the old bike was powder coated and not painted.
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Ummm tool, not a jewel comes to mind...

Once I get my first paint chip, which usually occurs on the first group ride, I tend to stop worrying about it and just ride the crap out of the bike
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Originally Posted by rbart4506 View Post
...tool, not a jewel ...
Yup. Take reasonable care not to needlessly damage it, but normal wear and tear is, well, normal.
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I used to use one of these a long time ago. I'm not sure they are still available.

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Originally Posted by rbart4506 View Post
Ummm tool, not a jewel comes to mind...

Once I get my first paint chip, which usually occurs on the first group ride, I tend to stop worrying about it and just ride the crap out of the bike
Me too. I once scratched a brand new bike I bought BEFORE I got it out of the bike store. In a way, I was actually relieved.
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It's a bike. Ride it and race it. You should see my madone, MTB and cross bike. My madone looks like it's skidded against the pavement at 60mph. Actually, it was 30 but you get the idea.




Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
I just swapped from an Al bike to a Carbon bike and I love almost every aspect of the upgrade I made. The ride, groupset, fit, feel...everything except one detail. I cannot lean my bike against anything that it doesn't scratch, chip, or rub the clearcoat in a highly visible way. Even putting it on the bike rack with rubber ties, there are three distinct rub marks on the frame from vibration going down the road.
None of it is going to cause a structural issue, but it sure is irritating looking at a bike I have had for a few months that already is beginning to look worse than the previous one I owned for two years and treated the same way.
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