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Frame finish care tips(9 posts)

Frame finish care tipsFez
Mar 13, 2003 7:40 AM
I love a painted frame, but every painted bike I've owned looks pretty bad after a few seasons. The only ones that don't are the bare brushed titanium ones.

Problem areas are head tube and top tube near seat collar(plastic covers over the cables will rub and eat thru paint), chainstays and BB area (chain). And of course the clearcoat suffers everywhere due to stone chips, friction from legs, bike getting knocked over, etc.

Any frame finish care tips besides a good coating of automobile wax?
bike saver tape...C-40
Mar 13, 2003 8:01 AM
My bikes still look like new after a couple of seasons.

Colorado Cyclist sells a small roll of clear "bikesaver" tape that can be applied to areas that are subject to abrasion. I cover the top and outside of the right chainstay with this material before the bike is ever ridden.

I mount a Third-Eye chain watcher on the seat tube to insure that the chain never drops around the BB.

On some frames, the derailleur cables can be routed to cross in front of the head tube with the rear derailleur cable routed to the left cable stop and the front derailleur cable routed to the right cable stop. This routing totally eliminates cable rub on the head tube. A small piece of bikesaver tape may be needed on the downtube, where the cables cross. The other alternative is to install a small piece of bike saver tape on the head tube to prevent cable rub from wearing the paint.

I must ride on clean roads. Never had a problem with stone chips. I never leave my bike in a position where someone could knock it over.
questions...Fez
Mar 13, 2003 8:35 AM
Thanks for the tips.

What climate do you live in? What do you do for training when the roads are not clean?

In the winter its a long time to wait for the roads to completely dry out here in Wash DC, so I ride as long as there isn't snow/ice/salt on the road or if there isn't rain/snow coming down from the sky.

My bare Ti bike still looks like new after 4,000 miles. You would have to stand close and have a picky eye to notice the very few light scuffs on the top tube. I attribute this great finish condition more to the high quality finish than my great care. My painted frames haven't fared as well.
about the same...C-40
Mar 13, 2003 9:23 AM
Kansas City has very similar weather, but I won't ride my C-40 when it's wet - no exceptions. All they put on our roads is sand and salt, nothing big to ruin the paint.

A brushed Ti bike is the perfect answer for damp dirty conditions. I'm seriously considering a Macalu or similar cheap Ti bike for my future move to Denver.
macaluFez
Mar 13, 2003 9:47 AM
I really liked Kansas City, although it seemed a little hotter in the summer than DC is.

As far as cheap Ti bikes go, Litespeed is reintroducing the Arenberg (same frame as Macalu). The price is reasonable, but unfortunately it is only offered as a complete bike with Shimano components. The Macalu offers the flexibility to choose a fork and Campy components.

But my choice would be the Douglas Precision Ti bike from Colorado Cyclist and taking the cheesy decals off. You can buy it as a frame and build it up. They also offer muliple component options if you buy it as a complete bike. I think the Titanium Sports frame is nicer than the Arenberg/Macalu.
LitespeedLive Steam
Mar 13, 2003 5:46 PM
Litespeed is only selling complete bikes now. My LBS friend told me it has something to do with the large online dealers -Colorado Cyclist and the like, buying up tones of gruppos early and at a deep discount then undercutting the other Litespeed dealers because of their buying power. THey get gruppos at up to 30% less than the smaller LBS because of the quantity they order. Seems to me that this is how capitalism is supposed to work, but they are trying to protect their smaller dealers. I hope other frame builders don't follow suit. I like building my own bikes.
Litespeed blows this yearFez
Mar 13, 2003 7:21 PM
I bought 2 Litespeed bikes prior to 2003. Both bikes were spectacular.

I really liked my options prior to 2003:

1) Buy a Litespeed frame, a fork and a build kit from Colorado Cyclist. Depending on what time of year, the prices could be real good.

2) Buy a complete factory built Litespeed bike. The Litespeed factory build kit used to be real good and often included a Reynolds or Look fork with Litespeed decals.

However, for 2003 the prices seem to be higher and the choices much more limited. Not much flexibility in upgrading the Litespeed Litec fork and crappy wheels (Ksyrium Elite wheels on a Vortex?)

I really hope they offer frames again. I understand their rationale behind offering complete bikes, but they could have at least offered us good parts or the flexibility of easy upgrades.
option bFez
Mar 13, 2003 9:49 AM
Who says you have to buy a cheap Ti bike for Colorado riding? You could always get a NICE brushed Ti bike, but then you couldn't post as "C-40" anymore.
check out jagwire. the made some new tube topsCORONADO FLYER
Mar 14, 2003 9:34 PM
they were made to protect the headtube and seat stay paing.