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What is TOO Much Protecting?

Old 07-06-14, 11:16 AM
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What is TOO Much Protecting?

So after picking up my bike and putting miles and miles of enjoyment on it. I find myself trying to keep it super clean after every ride.

Right now, I'm looking to pick up some SRAM cable protectors to prevent some further cable rubbing damage. While I was adding that to my amazon cart, I thought wait maybe I should pick up some clear downtube protection as well as some frame protection to work with the cable protectors. Double protection is better than just one right!?

So then I realized I might be getting out of hand. Am I worrying too much about trying to keep my bike clean? Should I just stop at the cable protectors? The down tube protection seems kind of excessive but it does make sense that the down tube is prone to the lost damage from rock kick up or what not. Thoughts guys?

Double jeopardy question. So I have a all black matte carbon bike. I do want to pick up some Celeste lizard skin tape (or dark blue. Rather get Celeste though). Would the Celeste look weird on a all black. Matte cannondale? Is it a sacrilegious to get Celeste on any bike other than a bianchi?
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Old 07-06-14, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by noobyondaroad View Post
Am I worrying too much about trying to keep my bike clean?

I do want to pick up some Celeste lizard skin tape (or dark blue. Rather get Celeste though). Would the Celeste look weird on a all black. Matte cannondale? Is it a sacrilegious to get Celeste on any bike other than a bianchi?
Yes. No. No.

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Old 07-06-14, 12:40 PM
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Just posting this question should be enough of an answer.
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I think the problem started with the black matte finish. Put some clear protective tape at the head tube where your cables rub, and be done with it. I like a clean bike, but I ride it too much to get hung up on trying to wipe it down after every ride. With those new matte finishes, constant wiping or rubbing will make it shiny. Happened to my buddies bike.
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Old 07-06-14, 01:29 PM
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I wipe my bike down with furniture polish after almost every ride, but it's white. Takes about 30 seconds.
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Old 07-06-14, 02:01 PM
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I prefer the little cable rubber nubs, I think I used some jagwire ones last time. I've also used strategically placed clear vinyl.

I mean, hey, it's your bike. Personally, my opinion of any sort of large 3M "frame protection" on any place other than a driveside chainstay or anyplace beneath a cable is the same opinion I hold of phone cases, screen protectors and leaving the plastic film on TV's and kitchen appliances. I know people like this. They leave the stuff on for infinity so that "It doesn't get scratched." Well, the downside is that rather than getting a scratch and looking slightly used, it just looks like **** year round. Even when I do use the thick clear vinyl for cable protection, it gets really nasty really fast around the edges, no matter how well I prep the surface. There will be some edge stickiness and it will grab and hold dirt. And it will look even worse than having a small chip in the paint in an otherwise hidden location.
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Old 07-06-14, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I wipe my bike down with furniture polish after almost every ride, but it's white. Takes about 30 seconds.
Perfect for glossy, use it all the time. For flat, Simple Green for heavy grease and dirt, Windex to remove residue and maintain flat look.
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Old 07-06-14, 07:44 PM
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Duct tape is an excellent frame protector.
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I vaguely remember back to the days when I cleaned my bikes.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I wipe my bike down with furniture polish after almost every ride, but it's white. Takes about 30 seconds.
You're not very lazy. Might need to consider a new username.

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Old 07-06-14, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
Just posting this question should be enough of an answer.
Correct.
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Old 07-08-14, 05:13 AM
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My name is Mud and I over clean my bike....clap...clap...clap..........thank you all so much....I feel so much better now...sob..sob....sob.....
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The twice a year daylight savings time change is a good reminder for lots of things:

- change smoke detector batteries
- clip toenails
- clean bike
- change bed sheets
- shave back
- wash water bottles
- shave wife's back
- buy new bottle of mustard
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Wait, so do most people in this thread actually don't clean their bikes?

No DT cleaning or chain oiling? You guys ride as is and then clean one or twice a year?
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Originally Posted by dippitydoo View Post
Wait, so do most people in this thread actually don't clean their bikes?

No DT cleaning or chain oiling? You guys ride as is and then clean one or twice a year?
Clean/Oil the chain after every rainy ride; intermittantly as needed between such rides.

Wipe crud off the bike occassionally when it starts looking bad.

It's a tool , not a jewel.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I wipe my bike down with furniture polish after almost every ride, but it's white. Takes about 30 seconds.
Don't you have to alternate Pledge in occassionally to deal with the smeary wax buildup?
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I tend to be a little OCD about my bike's looks right up until I see the first cosmetic damage. Usually takes about a month of riding. After that, as long as it is relatively clean and smooth running, I don't really care. I tend to only worry about the bike's looks when I am in the garage looking at it. Once I am riding, as long as it is smooth running, I don't pay any attention to looks.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Don't you have to alternate Pledge in occassionally to deal with the smeary wax buildup?
No. I just use the stuff you buy at the dollar store. Spray a little on a microfiber cloth, wipe the frame down then go over it with a dry one. The bike is always gleaming.
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I clean my bike when it looks dirty or when I've drenched the top tube with sweat after a hard ride. Chain I wipe off every 2 to 3 rides and relube when needed.

It sounds like too much protecting to me but I come from the no phone case camp.
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It's a tool , not a jewel.
+1
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Originally Posted by dippitydoo View Post
Wait, so do most people in this thread actually don't clean their bikes?

No DT cleaning or chain oiling? You guys ride as is and then clean one or twice a year?
I'll clean when buildup gets too much. But that's a subjective thing. And it's a pretty dry climate around these parts, so there's no a lot of road-mud to splatter all over it. Cleaning was a much more frequent thing back in Ireland.

I lube the chain when I think of it.
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a used bike makes it easier to justify the N+1 adage
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
It's a tool , not a jewel.
I am going to report you for that comment.
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Me - I like dirt on my bike.
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