- Heli-Tape is it worth it?
- Mary HingeMember
Err……yes and yes 🙂
Follow the instructions using hairdrier etc. You can plaster lots of the bike and you will barely see the tape.
I also made an "invisible" chainstay protector by sandwiching a slip of innertube between two layers of HT on the underside of my chainstay.Posted 8 years agopoppaMember
Stick it on the chainstay, to protect it when the chain hits it. I also stick it anywhere that the gear cables/brake hoses are likely to rub the frame, e.g. the sides of the headtube. Just have a look when you have the bike built and see where you think this might happen.Posted 8 years ago
Ohh, don't think I ever had one… 🙂
1) Remove cables from mechs or hoses from brake levers
2) Slide 10-15mm of rubber hose over cable/hose
3) Refit cable/hose
4) Thread cable tie round headtube and through rubber hoses
5) Pull tight, leaving cable tie end where you can't see it, and trim
It has to be said it doesn't work on all bikes. That's my Yeti 575 in the pic and I've done it on MrsPPs Kona Kikapu too. It just depends where the cables are routed.
😀Posted 8 years agonukeSubscriber
MTBs are for taking out in the real world and getting mucky and beat up. What are you guys like?!
To me cable rub is inevitable without some protection so 10 mins spent putting some on makes good sense to me. If the frame gets bashed/scratched from riding then so be it.Posted 8 years ago
PP won't the cable-tie ultimately scratch the paint beneath it?
Only if it moves and your paint is crap. And if it does, you can't see it anyway! And of course there's nowhere near as much movemnet as a cable rubbing all the time, none at all if you do it up tight enough.Posted 8 years ago
My Yeti had no mark at all under the cable tie when I checked. 🙂FOGSubscriber
I applied some from new to a bike bought in March and to be honest it looks a real mess. I followed all the instructions, hair drier, degreasing,etc. but it looks like it's been on 80 Parkies* a day for 20 years. I am hoping that when I take it off everything will be pristine underneath but there seem to be areas where water has got under the tape.
*Historical note.-Parkies -a vile strong untipped cigarette available in my youth which my dad used to redecorate our white ceiling to a fetching brownPosted 8 years agoseanodavMember
I used this from wiggle, little bit more expensive but very easy to apply and you cant see it.Posted 8 years ago
I just use the Lizard Skin clear frame protector squares to stop cable rub.
They go on best if you use a hair dryer to warm them & the frame up first & once in place really stay put.
I was gonna get some helitape for the new bike, but the downtube (where i was intending to put it) has the gear cables & rear brake hose running down it, so is fairly well protected from dinks.Posted 8 years ago
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