- Do you helitape your bike?
I was going to do my whole frame, make up templates with paper, use the wet method and hairdryer…
When it arrived it was a matt black, so I only did the down tube where the cables are. I did an awesome job tho! I used those little helitape stickers where the cables hit the frame.
A year on and if I had helitaped the frame from new it would look shit now because of the amount of rock strikes and chunks out of the stays.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
Lived-in bikes look better to me than a bike covered in tape. I like seeing a bike that looks well-used.Posted 4 years ago
So cable scuff spots and chainstays only here, some sense in the DT lower end if it’s a rocky area maybe. One of my bikes was down to the metal in places due to frame-bag wear which is why I like black paint – a bit of humbrol and it’s looking as good/ropey as ever.damascusMember
Personally I’m not really bothered if my frame gets scratched as its meant to be ridden. However, I like to change my frame every few years and try something new so I helitape it all and add inner tubes to the chain stays.
Then when I come to sell it, I will hopefully get more money to put towards something new.Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
WTF? No, stuff gets scratched, deal with it.
1) I guess you never try sell stuff used
2) a mate has a Trance that has never had any tape on it. The cables have rubbed grooves in the headtube a couple mm deep, there can be barely any tube left. Looks horrendous and I’d be wary about riding it let alone buying it.
Given the typical price for a decent frame why would you not spend a fiver protecting it?
Cable/hose and heel rub areas taped on my bikes.Posted 4 years ago
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