- Place your vote – which side of the fence are you….
I taped the top tube as I’m short of leg and didn’t want to pointlessly rub the paint away with muddy shorts. Also put some clear in obvious cable rub areas.
Didn’t bother with the down tube though.
Bit of both in general – clean it properly every so often as its the best way to spot problems and keep the drive chain running sweetly. I did leave it recently and the mud caked around the rear mech froze solid in the cold and stopped it working. I’ve learnt from that mistake now.Posted 6 years agotoys19Member
loads of helitape everywhere, so I can ride hard and enjoy it. This is a fairly simple thing really, heli tape is wonderful stuff and will reduce the risk of cable/heel rub, bad stone impacts etc.
Unless you think it’s uncool, it really is free country in respect of how you protect your bike..Posted 6 years agoMrSalmonMember
Bit of both. I look after my bike the same way I look after any other expensive tool, I don’t drop it on the floor or kick it about but I know it’ll sometimes be in harm’s way when it’s used as intended.
This basically. It’s one of the most expensive things I own and I want it to work well and last as long as possible, so I do look after it.Posted 6 years ago
If it’s going to get scratched/chipped or whatever when riding that’s fine, but if it could just as easily not get damaged by predictable, avoidable things like cable rub or dropping it on rocks when I stop then I’ll try and avoid it.Kryton57Subscriber
teasel – Member
a) Use the feeling-hard-to-ride-knackered-not-everything-is-working-properly hardtail
b) Using the shiny FS and not having time to clean it
Why not get your wrench-head on (Kryton, geddit) and sort out the HT…?
I may be getting a new frame to build up n a while, which will demand all my attention & available money. However, I may not, and in that case all the OEM Shimano kit on the HT will be replaced with XT, and the Recon with a Sid. Until I know if the new frame appears I can’t move on plan a or b….
I may build the HT into a cotic/ragley-a-like for woodsy fun and just race the FS. Its actually lighter than the HT anyway.Posted 6 years agonewbeyMember
Probably somewhere about the ‘C’ mark.
My frame is wrapped up in old inner tubes which offers a bit of protection to the paintwork, and also makes it look less attractive when it’s locked up outside Uni.
I started doing this on my previous bike (Kona Kula) as a friend who I lived with pushed his bike into the hidey hole with mine and the brake lever took a fair bit of paint off the top tube.Posted 6 years agojonbaMember
In general use not abuse. If I crash and damage it then fine but otherwise take good care of it. Depends on the bike a bit too.
I’m more particular about my road bike and full suss as they were expensive, I’ll fully clean them every ride if needed. My commuter is scratched and a bit rusty from being chained up outside everyday for 3 years it gets an annual service after winter but not much else. My cross bike is raced hard but goes to the start line clean and well maintained. My HT is kept working but only the forks and drivechain are cleaned regularly.Posted 6 years ago
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