Heli tape yes or no?

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  • Heli tape yes or no?
  • fd3chris
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    Brand new blue pig x frame, first ride tomorrow without tape or wait and cover it first ???

    All-On-Black
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    Cover it, if you can wait! You know you’ll get a nice big ding or scratch if you don’t cover it.. Sod’s law!

    tree-magnet
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    I vote no, heli tape won’t stop a ding, and scratches add character.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I basically laminate all my bikes… Not just for the protection though, I just really like applying helitape!

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Never bothered.

    Premier Icon Lifer
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    Bikes are like guitars, they look better used.

    Premier Icon mintimperial
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    I carefully taped up my last bike in all the usual places. Couple of rides in: massive scratch on the top of the top tube (don’t ask, I wasn’t even riding the thing) and horrible chainsuck scars on the chainstay. You can’t win…

    Still worth it to prevent cable-rub damage though, I reckon.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    hmmm. I would have said yes. Until the winter sh!t collected around the edges of the heli tape on my white / turquiose yeti….

    faz083
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    I taped my new bike but then got annoyed as it was a matte frame and it made it shiny. I won’t bother next time, maybe just the downtube.
    I’ve got an old rockhopper which is ex-demo and scratched like anything, and it looks loads better. A shiny bike with 1 scratch looks silly, a bike covered in scratches and little chips looks quite good actually. Well used 🙂

    Premier Icon nuke
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    I don’t agree with covering your bike with tape but stopping damage from cable/heel rub or chainslap are pretty sensible imo as they are inevitable regardless of how/what you ride.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    See, I like scratches, etc- good honest damage earned in the line of duty. But I hate cablerub, roofrack clamp marks etc.

    fd3chris
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    I think I might just protect the chainslap and heel rub areas and leave the rest, I think lol, it just looks so lovely in its dark metallic blue !!

    neninja
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    I taped the top tube only – I have virtually no standover and didn’t want my muddy shorts to rub away all the paint.

    I left the down tube which is now totally scratched. Looks like it’s seen some action that way though. I don’t mind war scars but hate cable rub and shorts rub.

    johnners
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    To prevent cable rub only. I like it that my bikes look used.

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