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chainstay paint protection for my new baby(13 posts)

chainstay paint protection for my new babylonefrontranger
Mar 7, 2003 8:20 AM
Well, it's finally done. My new Dream Plus - which some on the board know the saga of (I battled with the U.S. importer for over 18 months to get the correct frame size, then gave up and bought from Maestro) was *finally* built up a couple days ago. It is lovely, fits like a glove and is the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden hands down. The Landbouwkrediet paint scheme on this little guy (46cm semi-sloping) is absolutely stunning, particularly with the special black anodise Record cranks Sherpa23 found for him. The new ride has henceforth been dubbed "Monty", short for "Montague", the hell if I know why but it sorta just came to me on the ride last night.

Quite simply speaking, there are a lot of rocks on the road out here. I'd like to do something a little classier than my usual urban guerilla black electrical tape chainstay / BB paint protection scheme.

I know, I'm too lazy to run a search :P A while back someone posted the name / source of the clear plastic they use for bug seal / paint chip protection on cars, and suggested using it for a chainstay protector. If anyone knows what I'm talking about, could they please cite a quick and easy source for this stuff (AutoZone perhaps?)

TIA - LFR
what I useDougSloan
Mar 7, 2003 8:38 AM
They make clear vinyl electrical tape, too. Most hardware stores have it. Works great.

Doug
what I userussw19
Mar 7, 2003 9:12 AM
even easier... go to anywhere that can print stickers and ask them for a plain clear sticker if you can't find clear electrical tape. Or find a hockey store and ask them for clear shin guard tape. It's also great for cutting to put on your frame where your cables will rub, or running down your fork to hold your computer wire without silly zip ties everywhere. Regardless of the form you find it in, you just need clear vinyl tape of some form and thickness.

Russ
my favorite chainstay protectortarwheel
Mar 7, 2003 9:13 AM
I would put one of these on my bike, except I've got chrome stays and don't need the protection. Costs about $10 from www.coloradocyclist.com
WTB -- bulletproof & quiet!BergMann
Mar 7, 2003 2:06 PM
I've got a carbon protector on one bike, and a WTB rubber chainstay protector on another, and have noticed that the WTB is a lot quieter when descending on rough roads.
It has the added advantage of being tough and adhering _really well_, so you won't have to replace it every few months like you would protective tape, and you won't have to zip tie it in place to prevent the edges from debonding/pulling back like I've had to do with my carbon protector.

You can get the WTB at:
http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?page=8&description=Chainstay+Protector&vendorCode=WTB&major=6&minor=8&qrzk=0&q=39988&st=wtb+protector
The Colorado Cyclist p44 G. Bike Saver Protective Tape (nm)12x23
Mar 7, 2003 10:21 AM
what's wrong with black electrical tape? (nm)laffeaux
Mar 7, 2003 11:41 AM
normally I would, but it's a bit too ghetto for this ride (nm)lonefrontranger
Mar 7, 2003 11:46 AM
I'm definitely from the ghetto - it's on all my bikes :) - nmlaffeaux
Mar 7, 2003 2:28 PM
When do we get pics???? n/mBonked
Mar 7, 2003 1:13 PM
patience, grashoppah, gotta borrow a digicam (nm)lonefrontranger
Mar 7, 2003 5:53 PM
Go single speedMel Erickson
Mar 7, 2003 5:53 PM
you won't need one. Nevermind, I've got single speed on my mind. I'm waiting for a stem to complete my project. I'd use any of the clear vinyl tape options because I'm guessing you don't want to cover up the gorgeous paint job. Can we have a picture?
re: chainstay paint protection for my new babydave woof
Mar 7, 2003 7:23 PM
Hey !

I got a dream plus, the Geo paint scheme. I found a clear plastic stick-on protector at a LBS, don't know which one. I looked around for a few days to find it. It's completely invisible. Hate to put black tape over the chain stay.. :-(

Dave