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    This is a great idea......

    Electric shrink wrap for cables.


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    I just use electrical tape so I don't have to undo the hydro house (and the possible rebleed) every time I change shifter or dropper cables. But yes, having it taped or shrink wrapped together does make for a nice quiet bike.

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    Electrical tape works just as good, and you don't feel bad if you need to replace it for whatever reason.

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    Exactly. Electrical tape, with a small zip tie at each end of it.

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    Yeah, but electrical tape is not as cool as shrinking stuff with a torch!

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    super clean look, I'll give it a try if I do a frame up build

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    Heat shrink tubing wonít leave a sticky residue behind when itís time to remove it.
    one by nine works just fine but single speed is all ya need
    BTW, itís called ďsarcasmĒ; youíre soaking in it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Heat shrink tubing wonít leave a sticky residue behind when itís time to remove it.
    Bingo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Yeah, but electrical tape is not as cool as shrinking stuff with a torch!
    Truth! Fire trumps sticky residue and gheto fab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Heat shrink tubing wonít leave a sticky residue behind when itís time to remove it.
    When you quality tape that has UV inhibitors and replace it each year, you will find only the glue at the exposed edge has degraded enough to come off the tape. As the exposed edge rides on the tape during the run, you end up with only a bit of glue on the cables at the ends of the run.

    I am not familiar with which tapes are quality except 3M... I use 3M automotive electrical, mounting, and painting tapes.
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    Great idea! I use heat shrink religiously in trucks with wiring instead of wire looms or e-tape it always looks so much better for exposed wiring harnesses. This is a great little hack.


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    I'm thinking to heat shrink water and snacks to my frame!

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    The bummer with electrical tape leaves a mess behind when you remove especially once its older. Shrink tube fast easy on off...way cleaner IMO.

    edit...just saw sticky residue post above

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    Self-fusing silicone tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    I'm thinking to heat shrink water and snacks to my frame!
    i did this to a hawt chic once........... what a day that was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastpath View Post
    Self-fusing silicone tape.
    i have rolls of this but never crossed my mind to wrap cables.

    you just saved my life and maybe some puppies with this suggestion
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    Why do you care about the residue under the tape if you're going to wrap it up again? Same as with roadie handlebars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    Why do you care about the residue under the tape if you're going to wrap it up again? Same as with roadie handlebars...
    roadie bar tape adhesive doesn't creep and gum up everything around it

    old electrical tape does that...it's a mess and gums up anything that
    brushes against it once the adhesive decides to degrade
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingtaco View Post
    When you quality tape that has UV inhibitors and replace it each year, you will find only the glue at the exposed edge has degraded enough to come off the tape. As the exposed edge rides on the tape during the run, you end up with only a bit of glue on the cables at the ends of the run.

    I am not familiar with which tapes are quality except 3M... I use 3M automotive electrical, mounting, and painting tapes.
    Do you use the 3M vinyl or rubber electrical tape?

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    I might attach little sleigh bells to my cables to make them more rattly.

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    I've had this shrink-wrap tubing done to a few of my bikes and it is overkill and unnecessary. The true magic is in the cable cutting routing. I have a new bike with this kind of cable routing and new plastic clips and it is dead quiet. So quiet. I'll take pics later.
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    Haven't seen anyone recommend harness tape, works well.

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    Zip-Ties FTW!!
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    Thin strips of velcro here and there and everything is silent

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Yeah, but electrical tape is not as cool as shrinking stuff with a torch!
    This

    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Heat shrink tubing wonít leave a sticky residue behind when itís time to remove it.
    This

    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Truth! Fire trumps sticky residue and gheto fab.
    This

    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    roadie bar tape adhesive doesn't creep and gum up everything around it

    old electrical tape does that...it's a mess and gums up anything that
    brushes against it once the adhesive decides to degrade
    And finally this.

    Electrical tape is a Mickey Mouse / Ghetto way to go about this issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griffsterb View Post
    Do you use the 3M vinyl or rubber electrical tape?
    3M vinyl electrical for bike cables/hoses. I'm no weight weenie, but rubber electrical tape is unnecessarily heavy, even though it looks awesome when wrapped well. It stretches over time a lot more than vinyl, making it less than ideal when you want things to stay put, although you can wrap a plastic tire or even Velcro around the loose end to keep things in place.

    I use rubber tape to protect exposed trailer wiring. Have to sleeve it, though, if it's going to rub at all. There are layered tapes that are made for that, but they are not readily available at national home improvement or automotive parts stores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingtaco View Post
    3M vinyl electrical for bike cables/hoses. I'm no weight weenie, but rubber electrical tape is unnecessarily heavy, even though it looks awesome when wrapped well. It stretches over time a lot more than vinyl, making it less than ideal when you want things to stay put, although you can wrap a plastic tire or even Velcro around the loose end to keep things in place.

    I use rubber tape to protect exposed trailer wiring. Have to sleeve it, though, if it's going to rub at all. There are layered tapes that are made for that, but they are not readily available at national home improvement or automotive parts stores.
    Interesting. Thanks!

    I wrapped some electrical tape on my cables just in front of the internal routing holes, to prevent them from getting pulled into the frame too much.

    Cheap tape and it telescoped, sliding over itself. I wonder if some quality tape would hold together better.

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    If you do it, please o please use an adjustable heat gun. It'll take longer at lower temps but if you're using something that can burn through heatshrink, think what it's doing to the hoses....

    Yikes!

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