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    DIY chainstay protector

    what are you guys using to protect your chainstay? brands and type of tape used would be appreciated. (search did not work out)
    i have a steel frame with a cheap chainstay protector i bought that i am not happy with.

    also, i plan on using Rustoleum protective enamel to patch up the nicks. would you recommend something else?

    thanks in advance,
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    Cut an old tube about the width of road bar tape, wrap it like road bar tape, finish with black electrical tape.


    booyah.

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    3M 2228 mastic tape @ Home Depot, works and looks great. I use the 1x10" and you can do multiple bikes and its very flexible for tight curves and it wont peel off easily.

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    3M Electrical Moisture Sealant Tape from Home Depot.

    3M Electrical - Product Catalog - US:*Scotch® Electrical Moisture Sealant Roll

    You can make it conform to different tube shapes. And its easy to remove and replace when you need to. I put it on the top and bottom of my my chain stay and on the bottom of the non-drive chain stay to protect it form rock strikes.

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    silicone tape. It is easy to apply

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    free old inner tube.
    wrapped correctly, you only need to secure the very end of the wrap with tape.
    Time wounds all heels...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostRing View Post
    free old inner tube.
    wrapped correctly, you only need to secure the very end of the wrap with tape.
    This is all you need.

    Take the wheel out. Start on the BB end of the chainstay and work your way back only overlapping a little bit each turn and keep it as taught as possible. When you get to the end just wrap it a few times with electrical tape.

    Innertubes work really well because they have a natural bend to them, so they curve naturally while you're wrapping them.

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    Definitely some good ideas here. But Bigfruits you of all people should know about the Orange or Grapefruit Peel trick. Just add zipties.
    Trust me it works in a "squeeze".
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    Road bar tape works well.

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    Sticky backed velcro.

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    I get scraps of the 3M stuff they use to protect cars. I get scraps of it for cheap at a local retailer/installer. It's the same stuff they package and sell as bike chain stay protectors without all the fluff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Cut an old tube about the width of road bar tape, wrap it like road bar tape, finish with black electrical tape.
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    couldn't be easier...

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    1" wide gorilla tape. Still there and holding up well two years later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    This is all you need.

    Take the wheel out. Start on the BB end of the chainstay and work your way back only overlapping a little bit each turn and keep it as taught as possible. When you get to the end just wrap it a few times with electrical tape.

    Innertubes work really well because they have a natural bend to them, so they curve naturally while you're wrapping them.
    same here, except substitute 'mr. tuffy' tire liner for the innertube and a ziptie for electrical tape and work from the rear wheel to the bottom bracket. so all in all, not so "same" really...


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    I used to use old tubes but I never liked the way it looked and wanted something I could clean easier. So I took some thermoplastic, a heat gun, pair of gloves, and a sander and made a removable, cleanable chainstay protecter. Works so well I made them for all my bikes and friends too.


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