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Old 06-30-12, 11:19 PM
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scratch protection

My aluminum bike I have, I have to lean up against a railing to lock up at my local gym. I noticed today its starting to make scratches on the front part of the top tube where I lean the bean on the post. I'm not sure what I can do, is there something I can wrap around it to make it not scratch? Unfortunately this kind of kills the aesthetic but I don't really want my bike to get scratched up and rust.
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Old 06-30-12, 11:31 PM
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If you go to a motorcycle shop, they have clear adhesive-backed plastic that comes in sheets. You can use a hair dryer to get it to conform to complex curves within reason. I used it for just this purpose on my top tube. It's basically the same stuff as those little clear circles the bike companies use to keep cable jackets from chafing the paint, but in large sheets. If you are careful putting it on, you can't really see it.
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Old 06-30-12, 11:35 PM
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Try Veloskin
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Old 07-01-12, 12:14 AM
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The veloskin stuff looks easy enough to use. Looks kinda pricey for 3m tape though. Maybe I could just order some clear 3m tape myself?
https://www.amazon.com/3M-84904-Scotc...ords=scotchcal
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i use clear packaging tape on all my road bikes from 3M.
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Old 07-01-12, 12:22 AM
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Ah well, ordered it. Thanks for the tip. looks like it should work perfectly! If I can put it on without fscking it up.
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