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    Cable housings rubbing off paint

    Some of my cable housings have worn off the paint on my bike. I have two questions related to this: Is this harmful to the frame? How do I prevent this? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by yd35
    Some of my cable housings have worn off the paint on my bike. I have two questions related to this: Is this harmful to the frame? How do I prevent this? Thanks
    1. Not really.
    2. Put clear tape over the rub zones, or change the cable routing so it doesn't touch. Or ignore it.

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    It won't really hurt anything, but if you want to prevent it, order some of this:

    http://www.go-ride.com/prod_fact.html

    It's like a thick clear vinyl that you can cut and stick whereever you want to protect. Like the starshield you can get for cars.

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    Mack Tack form the Dollar strore will probaly work too

    But most people tend to ignore it.

    If your frame is Aluminium then rust is not a concern.

    beleave me after you have enough miles on your bike the cable rub will be the leaste of your paint woes.

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    I went ghetto fab and did a strip of back electrical tape under my cables... Yeah, it doesn't look very nice but oh well.
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    No, it won't damage your frame unless if it's steel and rusts or something.

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    nice, thanks for all the input. i think i'll rock the ghetto style and try wrapping athletic tape around the problematic portion of the housing.

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    There is such a thing as transparent vinyl (electrical) tape, as barely seen along the head tube weld in this photo.

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    As mentioned in Go-ride site, there is a product that is called Clearbra, I have heard of a similiar product that is used on front of cars to prevent rock chips. I think its made by 3M. May be available at auto paint supply stores.

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