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    Carbon Protection Ideas

    So, sold the Pivot, ordered a Following. Got the orange frame because I can't help it and I'm shallow. Colors are fun. Planning on putting some of that 3M transparent film stuff to prevent scuffs and rock knicks in a few places but don't know if mags have experience with other "things" (films? sprays?) that would help reduce the fade in the paintjob from all those UV rays and dings from the many falls I am certain to endure.

    Ideas?
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    I only read the thread title but CODPIECE!

    Definitely codpiece.
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    3M film is useful for impact areas (cable rub, downtube, stays) but it's a bike and it's going to get dings and scratches, and the paint should be fairly UV resistant, enough to save your pretty bike.

    edit: this stuff http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-x-60-Genui...oll-Clear-Bra/



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    Quote Originally Posted by N1CK. View Post
    3M film is useful for impact areas (cable rub, downtube, stays) but it's a bike and it's going to get dings and scratches, and the paint should be fairly UV resistant, enough to save your pretty bike.

    edit: this stuff http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-x-60-Genui...oll-Clear-Bra/



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    I think that's what I have?

    Maybe this shit would help too: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/wd...g&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo View Post
    I only read the thread title but CODPIECE!

    Definitely codpiece.
    Don't worry it's on my reading list: https://play.google.com/store/books/...EJJA&gclsrc=ds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Dunfee View Post
    Don't worry it's on my reading list: https://play.google.com/store/books/...EJJA&gclsrc=ds
    There goes my afternoon.
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    Coat the entire frame with DIY bedliner.

    http://www.herculiner.com/index.php
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    The Following comes with rubber protection in all the major places. Just use some clear vinyl to keep normal rub areas fresher.

    At the end of the day, it's a mountain bike. Shit gets scratched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    Coat the entire frame with DIY bedliner.

    http://www.herculiner.com/index.php
    That, or......


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    They also have a plastidip clear color that will give you a sort of bead blasted-ish matte finish.

    Or you could get some 2k (2 parts) clear coat and put on a thick layer of clearcoat. Either with a sprayer or in a 2-part can. Or take it to an autobody/paint shop, they can probably do it for a reasonable fee. The 2k is exceptionally durable and scratches can be polished out. Not really any different than what's on the bike already, but having extra thickness means extra durable.

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    I am worried about gram count........

    hahahaha, not.
    Terje was right.

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    Whatever, we all know you're going to cave and buy the next shiny new bike that comes out anyways, so just ride it hard and put it away wet

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    Keep it nice a scuff free because I want to get first in line to buy it from you. Seemed like a really fair price on that Pivot you sold. Oh and you did not just get a following, you got The Following.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damian Sanders View Post
    They also have a plastidip clear color that will give you a sort of bead blasted-ish matte finish.

    Or you could get some 2k (2 parts) clear coat and put on a thick layer of clearcoat. Either with a sprayer or in a 2-part can. Or take it to an autobody/paint shop, they can probably do it for a reasonable fee. The 2k is exceptionally durable and scratches can be polished out. Not really any different than what's on the bike already, but having extra thickness means extra durable.
    Interesting, will check it out. Rode that pivot hard and it just seemed to ha e more dings than other bikes I saw in used bikes classifieds. I don't believe I was just the only person to ride that bike decently hard, although I am far from OCD about where I lean my bike, etc.

    Regardless, super excited and thankful to be able to enjoy great bikes in this awesome and ridiculous sport. Will be sure to post some pics once I pull the bike out and put the dérailleur on backwards .
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    there is spray available for UV protection & keep road grime off, roadies use it. Maybe it matches their outside socks?

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    I did liberal amounts of helicopter tape on my Troy and it seems to be holding up well. The cable routing seems to be pretty well thought out, so not many areas I am concerned with rub. The one glaring oversight is the lack of downtube protection on the Troy, I double layered some tape there to give me some peace of mind.

    TL;DR, helicopter tape ftw. I got some mastic tape to clean up a few friends' bikes and my DH bike, it was really clean and easy to use. I'd suggest it if you are concerned with chainslap, but I think the following has that covered? http://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-Scotch...BA-5/202195402

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    Fashion show forum

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    I saw this at Sea Otter...
    http://www.zefal.com/en/bike-protect...n-armor-m.html

    Looked like it adhered well to compound contours, etc and provided decent protection against cable rub and small rock chips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawjack View Post
    Fashion show forum
    The way this thread is going, it's definitely going to end up in the bullfighting forum.
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    we use this around the areas where the cables rub etc

    http://www.amazon.com/ISC-Racerstape...A23VKRUGUD63LA

    spendy but enough in the pkg to cover a few bikes

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    BTW....I just use normal 3M clear packing tape in cable wear areas, it works fine. Make sure the area it is applied to is smooth, and clean with rubbing alcohol first.

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    http://www.invisiframe.co.uk/

    Check these guys out. They sell premade kits for most bikes that you apply like window tinting film. I am in the middle of covering my Transition, pretty easy, it just has to be REAL clean first.

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    Effetto Mariposa Shelter Pack.
    This stuff is awesome. Very thick (1.2mil) but goes on beautifully. Slight amount of stretch makes corners and edges easy.
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    You really think you're going to keep a bike long enough to worry about sun damage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    You really think you're going to keep a bike long enough to worry about sun damage?
    Christ, you'd think he was leaving it in the back yard like a lawn mower.

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