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bike saver tape(11 posts)

bike saver tapekarl
Aug 19, 2001 6:18 PM
does anyone know of a source for this stuff. It's a clear plastic tape that is great for protecting high wear areas of a frame. it is removable and does not damage the finish of the frame. I bought a roll of this about five years ago and need some more. thank you all.
re: bike saver tapeLone Gunman
Aug 19, 2001 6:21 PM
Believe it is called Mylar and I do not have a source.
re: bike saver tapeSkip
Aug 19, 2001 6:25 PM
CC, Perf., &/or Excel carry it.
Cheaper AlternativeToo Lite
Aug 19, 2001 6:56 PM
I use 3M clear vinyl tape on my frame on all the areas prone to chain drop, and the part of the frame that would be exposed to any flying stones. Works great!
re: bike saver tapeDavet
Aug 19, 2001 7:38 PM
It's called 'Ski Saver'. Check your local ski or board shop. I too use it on my bike, it's great stuff. If you can't find it try
Ski Saver, 1771 International Parkway, Richardson, TX 75081. (214)235-9991
re: bike saver tape - how about...nuke
Aug 20, 2001 4:59 AM
What's wrong with using a simple transparent tape you'd buy at the store for packages? e.g. Scotch tape
re: bike saver tape - how about...Lone Gunman
Aug 20, 2001 5:55 AM
Wears through in about 3 weeks of cable housing contact and also has little staying power when cleaning agents come in contact with the tape.
clear plastic mailing tape; get it anywherecory
Aug 20, 2001 8:08 AM
I think 3m makes it...just look in the supermarket or anyplace in the stationery or office supplies section. It's really cheap and works fine.
Alternatives ...Humma Hah
Aug 20, 2001 9:00 AM
... my bike was powdercoated and clearcoated in January, and the clearcoat is doing a GREAT job.

I used to have a problem with paint nicks on the seat tube, due to a chain and padlock I carried there. I stopped that with a wrapping of black rubber handlebar tape. It actually looked kinda handsome. It was on from about 1977 to January of this year, and when I took it off, the paint under it was the only decent-looking finish on the entire bike.
thankskarl
Aug 20, 2001 1:57 PM
thanks for the replies. apparently this stuff has a fan club. btw this stuff reminds me of plastic slip covers on furniture. better than hours of touch up work :)
Excellent 3M product...Tommy B
Aug 21, 2001 6:40 AM
I found this 3M product called "Scotchcal" that you can buy in wide rolls and cut to any shape you want. It's non-yellowing, very clear and shiny and I've read that it has a 4-year warranty though the product's life-span is 7 years.

It's marketed as a "clear bra" for the front end of cars. Here's a link to a place that sells it but I can't remember if this is where I bought mine. http://www.invisiblepaintprotection.com/ I was able to buy a piece that was about 15" wide X 2' long (extra material is sold by the linear foot). The price was reasonable considering you don't need much on a bike. It's thicker than the chainguard protectors you can buy but it goes on well, is super sticky and is totally clear. It's said to be removeable but I haven't tried to take it off yet so I don't know the process or if it leaves a sticky residue. I bought it because I have s-bent chain stays and pre-cut protectors didn't fit right. So I traced the shape, fine tuned it and cut it out with an X-Acto knike and voila!

I'm considering putting it on my commuter bike. I would cut pieces large enough to wrap around the seat tube, top and downtubes to protect the paint where it may rub on a bike rack or other bikes when I lock it up. But first I want to find out how easy it is to remove/replace and if it will leave the paint "sticky".

good luck!