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Protecting blue anodized aluminum frame(3 posts)

Protecting blue anodized aluminum framewoofers
Nov 24, 2003 4:37 PM
What's the best way to protect the blue anodized finish on my 20-year old Alan frame?
Don't lean it on brick walls...SenorPedro
Nov 24, 2003 8:55 PM
just kidding, actually anodization is quite durable stuff, it is actually a ceramic material, Aluminum Oxide, which is a lot harder than most things out there. Some thinner anodized finishes will not respond well to scratches, so you may want to put something over it to protect the finish.

I know of people who have an automotive "clear bra" material put on. It is a DuPont product, clear somewhat durable adhesive plastic stuff that can be applied to pretty much anything.

If there are specific spots that you are concerned about, get a set of the campy carbon stickers and put them in the appropriate places. They protect without looking totally cheesy.
Alan... yum!tube_ee
Nov 29, 2003 12:11 AM
What size is your Alan and how do you like it? You must, considering how long you've had it. I always wanted either a Vitus or an Alan, and the threaded tubing and lugs on the Alan always struck as an inspired solution to the problen of separation in glued frames.

I wonder how many of today's superlight bikes will be on the road in 20 years. I bet I could build a 58 or 59 cm Alan under 18 pounds without trying hard. This would be a few years off, as I'm buying a Rivendell.