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    What did you do FOR your bike today??

    Part of being passionate about cycling for many of us is taking care and maintaining our bikes, from washing to full rebuilds. We have a post your ride pics thread and a what you bought thread.

    This is the what did you do for your bike today thread.

    Post it up, pics encouraged of course.

    My wife did not like the stock colors of her Giant Talon 0W 29er. So I had her pick the color scheme and made it happen.

    Tore down bike





    Stripped to bare aluminum then primed.





    6 coats of torque n teal paint, followed by 4 coats of clear









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    Ended up hand polishing a bit as it was a little hazy. Then put on decals. Just waiting on the matching fork decals to show up.










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    What did you do FOR your bike today??

    If we are talking just today, I finally fixed my front wheel, re-trued, new proper rim strip, and tubeless setup. Trying a different sealer.
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    I painted mine green this year-had to change the brake and shifter cables anyway. It is tapered shaft crank-pretty easy to pop off, left the seat and fork on, just took the wheels and derailleurs off. Painted it with enamel spray paint, top coated with clear lacquer spray can from the hobby store-done it before-holds up real well.

    Only thing I did today was weight it. 35 lbs, pretty heavy for a hardtail. Did some hills today without falling apart(me). Second guessing getting a full suspension. Be nice to get something a lot lighter.

    I want to get a match for this-I want to paint my 47 Dodge dump truck this color.
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    How am I supposed to pick a line through this.

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    Today I sold my bike's wheelset, doh! New Honzo build in progress and the old ride is getting parted out..

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    Went to the store to buy soem new tyre levers (broke 2 last night putting tyre on my super ye oldie Diamondback), walked out with those, and a new cluster and some grips...whops.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    I installed carbon cranks on my Hardtail,next is building a wheel set

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    Ordered a variety of items on Amazon...tires, lube, maintenance items, etc.
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    Kicked the shit out of it on a bunch of bony singletrack. Splattered it with muck and picked up a number of new gouges and scratches, then tossed it in back of my truck where it waits for the next beating.
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    Shimano XT Rear Derailleur Clutch Service

    I pulled the rear derailleur clutch assembly apart for some TLC and a lube job.

    Remove 2 mm screws & cover followed by removal of Cam Unit and Chain Stabilizer Unit

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    Separate Cam Unit and Chain Stabilizer Unit from derailleur back plate
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    Spread Friction Spring to remove Clutch Unit
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    With Friction Spring spread open, punch Clutch Unit out and lubricate.
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    Clean derailleur back plate if necessary
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    Reinstall Cam Unit and Chain Stabilizer Unit onto derailleur back plate and lube Cam assembly
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    Carefully reinstall Pre-formed "O" ring for cover.
    Reinstall cover and be careful to not pinch Pre-formed "O" ring
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    Installed summer rubber. Tubeless. Finally found a technique to seat the bead reliably without using a tube first. Just use straight liquid dish soap instead of soapy water.

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    I put some air in the tires and
    road the hell out of it.

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    Lets see big list
    Installed: New shifters and cables, swapped rear tire to a new one, installed new clips, bottle cages, light system, cleaned the heck out of my chain altho not much point i'm installing a new one next week, installed new grips and bar ends. Also placed another huge order with new cassettes, crank/bb set, new petals, lock set (kryptonite u lock and a chain), new kevlar jagwire brake/shift housings, tons of tools like a torc wrench park alan keys, housing cutters, chain wear indicator, truing stand, work stand, BB tools, semi slick Maxxis tire for my front, a smaller version of my 25 ounce camelBak podiums, new helmet and gloves, full set spare brake pads, new saddle, new pack for my frame and im probally missing a few things overall i probably blew 1500.

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    I spared its life after the creak I thought was fixed by tightening up the bearing on a pedal wasn't. Pulled, cleaned, torqued, greased and reinstalled everything crank related, and finally discovered it was the *other* pedal that had seemed ok(sheesh!). Right now it's got the Xpedo Spry pedals from my hybrid on it, and weighs almost half a pound less than usual

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    gathering parts for 650b+ wheelset build which will share time with 26+ hoops. Great to own a versatile bike.

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    I applied Shelter frame protector tape. $30 for 2 big strips is plenty to apply to the down tube and any potential cable rub spots. Application was a breeze and, after a couple of wet rides, there won't be any issues with it coming off.
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    I washed it, and put it inside (because the wife is out) so I can stare at it once in a while.




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    Quote Originally Posted by weisoseis View Post
    I washed it, and put it inside (because the wife is out) so I can stare at it once in a while.




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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Finished my summer wheels and installed them today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skarecrow View Post
    Finished my summer wheels and installed them today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skarecrow View Post
    Finished my summer wheels and installed them today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_biker View Post
    What did you strip with?

    Really like that color!
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    Changed handlebar height on the Yeti and changed to a shorter stems
    on the Voodoo. Pics are pre-changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MASC1104 View Post
    ... clean seat...
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    I rode my roadie on the trainer, took the SS out with the trailer to take the kids to school, then I came home and swapped out my 18t cog with a 16t cog on my SS. The 18 is getting too easy on the hills!
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    Caressed her lovingly between my thighs...not too creepily I swear!

    Seriously though, just bought her a new fork to try on! Trying out a new X-Fusion Sweep. Have had good experience with their dropper and shocks up to this point but never put one of their forks on my own bike (though I've bombed around on a friends with one and it felt good). She wanted to try something new for this season so I had to oblige.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxmark View Post
    What did you strip with?

    Really like that color!
    Stripped it with Duplicolor aluminum stripper. It's ok. Took a few coats of it to get it all off. I have used much stronger stuff before which is far easier. But this was readily available. Required 1 full can.
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    Fork decals came out perfect match.





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    ^^^ Looks like you did a great job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    ^^^ Looks like you did a great job!
    X2 very nice, that should keep the wife happy for a minute.

    Awesome job!
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    Looks factory issued.
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    Changed brake pads from slightly worn kool stops to new shimano extreme condition, tossed my old chain for a new one same with my cassettes no more skipping on my smallest cog ftw, swapped out my wtb enduro raptor front to a maxxis tread lite dual compound exo semi slick 2.10, swapped my pedals to new larger platforms, swapped my brake cables to a complete jagwire setup, and for the 2nd day in a row forgot the right and cup of my bottom bracket trying to remove it to no avail be back at that tommorow. Place a pair of order to a new xt front derailleur and a gallon of simple green on the way. In few days i'm ordering a new rockshox recon tk solo fork, race face riser bar, stem, seatpost, tubeless conversion kit and the tools I need to install a new fork.

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    Lets see long list of orders placed

    1x Stan's tubeless conversion kit
    1x Orange tubeless sealant with injector
    1x Dropper seatpost clamp (just to ditch my qr dont have a dropper yet will soon)
    1x Star nut
    1X New bottom bracket (somewhat wrecked my new one during a recent crank install works but should be swapped at 17 bucks each doesn't bother me as much as it should)
    1x RockShox Recon TK Solo Air 100 fork
    1x Race Face Ride XC 1" Riser Handlebar
    1x Race Face Ride Stem 60mm 6d rise
    1x Star nut setter
    1x Crown race tool
    1x Jagwire brake kit
    2x Spare brake pads for my new bb7's
    1x RockShox High-Pressure Shock Pump
    1x Red tubless stems
    1x Avid BB7 160mm G3 rotors Mech Brake set
    And finally 1 set of WTB Laser *TCS rims laced with Dt spokes and Deore 6 bolt hubs

    Should have all my new parts and tools this week- early next the only things left on my bike after this that's factory finally is my frame (DUH!) seatpost and saddle but I still have a new saddle incoming any day and I will buy a dropper soon. My rides 15 years old and so is my fork so time to upgrade plus i'm more than ready for disks and tubeless I decided on mechs because 1) I dont race 2) i'm not a very fast or hard rider and 3) there only 75 bucks gl getting a solid hydro for that. I had around 800 to upgrade and I wanted the most bang for the buck my wheels wont accept disk atm nor will they accept a 10 speed hub part of a future upgrade so I needed to get that taken care of. My forks are Manitou Magnum R's they've never been serviced completely in 15 years i've owned em and there sluggish and coil might as well drop the stock fork and go air but didn't want to break the bank got those for 200. I've always wanted a riser bar didn't want one to dramatic in length or rise should help with my back pain a bit plus adding a shorter stem. The cables are obvious i'm going from linear to disk currents wont make it but ofc I just bought and put this same kit on a week ago I shoulda saved it woulda saved me 30 bucks. I do realise I didn't need the whole tubeless kit my wheels are tubeless ready I got that kit for free so why not incase I ever swap back to my old wheels not like i'm tossing my brakes, tubes, or really any of it even my old fork will be saved just incase its not every day I can drop over 800 on all this crap. I did "almost" go with a coil version of this fork or gasp a sr suntour coil fork just so I could squeeze in a 160 buck dropper but I weight the pros and cons and frankly I could see no pros going coil over air and I can wait on my dropper I might be able to buy it later this week.

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    Nice thesis.

    Very complete.
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    Last week changed rear pads and then yesterday used the White Lightening Easy Clean and cleaned out my rear cassette and chain if all that gunky build up..cassette looks brand neu.

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    a lock for the hitch-mount bikerack, so the whole thing doesn't get stolen

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    Put some new Maxxis rubber (Ardent & Ikon) on set of NOBL carbon wheels that showed up on my doorstep at 11 am...had the new tires on and all set up (with a floor pump) in about 20 minutes
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    I just got my bike today, but I did do something for her already!

    I've got an old comforter tucked away in the closet that doesn't get used. So, it's been put in the trunk of my Jeep so that when my friend and I go riding, the comforter can go between our bikes so they don't scratch each other!
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    Put air in tires


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    ^^^ An Admirable Achievement
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    What did I do? Well, I threw on my fairly new set of WTB Asym i35/Pro2 EVO 650B wheels, shod with 2.8" Nobby Nics That I built to test for the Parados HT on my Phantom to see how 650B+ works on it. Looks damn aggressive, that's for sure, but will wait and see how the tyres hold up to some hard riding on some rough rocks and such.

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    Gave it a good thrashing.

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    I like JB's contribution.
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    What did you do FOR your bike today??

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    Bought this bike a couple months ago with a failing front shock. Replaced:
    Front fork- RS SID 120mm
    Broke the derailleur last week so:
    Went from 9-10 speed deore in back, new chain/shifter/cableS/cassette
    New wheels w xt hubs, painted them too
    New tires: minion dhf / bontrager xr4
    Dropper seat w remote- Tmars (works great)
    Santa Cruz 760 cf handlebars
    New 70mm stem

    With all these cool paint jobs I'm seeing, it's really putting some ideas in my head except I don't know how to create car-like paint finishes and have them survive the test of rock

    Finished product:

    (Shameless plug of my other love, which IS getting painted this week)

    Weight: 31.8 lbs





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    Just got back my Fox Factory FLOAT 34 150 from a full factory rebuild service and FLOAT air spring upgrade by Suspension Experts. Now if only it would stop raining...

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    I've been riding a 2012 Tallboy Ltc since new. 5.5 inches rear travel. Came with a Fox RP23 shock, and Rockshox Revelation 140 fork. Stock has a 69.5 degree headtube angle. Just ordered a Pike RCT3 Solo air 150 fork, a Fox DPS Evol shock, and a Works Components 1.5 degree angleset headset. Expect delivery of the shock tomorrow. The fork and headset will be a while longer. Can't wait to get everything installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MASC1104 View Post
    Changed handlebar height on the Yeti and changed to a shorter stems
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    I love the old Voodoo bikes!
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    Converted to 1x11; great move I have to say in spite of my original retro-grouch attitude about it. The gear range handles everything that I usually race or ride just fine.
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    Did some trail prep last weekend for an upcoming trail work weekend. Hauled in erosion control barriers and lumber. Trimmed out the trail corridor. My bike loves new trails.

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    Today, I took my bike out for a ride after work! I also took her with me to work, since I thought I was going to stop into the bike shop and have them give her a quick once-over to make sure everything is okay after last night's fiddling to get the kickstand off (I had to remove the rear wheel and move the clamp for the front dιrailleur).

    That's gonna be tomorrow though, I think.
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    More air

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    had a complete 6 mo tune up and cut my seat post to dial in my ride.

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    ^^^ Sounds like time well spent.
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    I hit my first trail today, and when I got home, I gave everything a quick once-over, and a quick wipe down!
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    Finally got around to shortening the chain and dismantled and cleaned the pulley wheels. There's a lot of lateral play in the wheels, so I priced out what it would cost for a replacement. Because my derailleur is bare bones basic (Shimano Tourney TX55), it'd be cheaper for me to buy a replacement mech. That blew my mind, lol!

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    This wasn't as much for my bikes as it is for me, but I came home from work tonight to a package from UPS at the door; my Garmin GPS Handlebar Mount! I immediately hooked it up to my bars and slapped my Garmin Dakota 20 onto it.

    Get her some accessories; bikes love accessories.
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    Striped her down to noting but frame, seatpost, seat, tool bag, 1 bottle cage, rear mech and crank/bb in prep for new bars, fork, wheels, stem, brakes, front mech, and now new shifters again I busted one of the bolts off this morning dicking around with a new torque wrench. Wont be able to ride her till next week but im buying my new ride tommorow so ol betsie can sit for a few days. And oh got my chain and headset bearings sitting in a simple green bath my headsets never been apart before the bearings were not pretty but they work.
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    Ordered it some gifts, and lubed its chain.
    Not sure who owns who around here, sometimes.

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    Put new chain on. If weather report is half correct, there won't be much riding next few days due constant rain, so I guess fitting new tires is another thing on "still to do list", and it's done for this summer then
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    Went With The Maxxis Color Series (Limited Edition)

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    Strapped a piece of an old tire to her underbelly for the rock gardens, then rode her like I stole her down a-line/peppergrass trail up in Whittier/turnbull. So fun today! Side note: women carrying babies should not be listening to their iPod while hiking looking at their feet. Right of way doesn't count if you get knocked off the cliff to your death, lady


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    After a day or trails, I took her to my LBS and had them perform their free 30-day/ 30-mile tuneup that comes with any new bike from them.

    I also bought her some accessories while I was there; Pedals and a Cycle Computer!



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    Noticed I was losing air in the rear yesterday. You know when you make a sharp turn and your rear tire goes flub flub flub and makes your ass wiggle. I used an old spoke to check the level through the valve stem and they were bone dry, so I added 2 oz of Stans Front and Rear, as I somehow brainfarted doing it earlier this spring.

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    Tidied up my cables!

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    Put some clear protective tape on the areas of contact otherwise the cables will rapidly rub the finish off the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    ^^^^ Your handlebars are getting crowded.
    Yeah, I know. I've got a flashlight for when I ride around town at night after work, a computer, and a mount for my Garmin when I'm Geocaching and riding at the same time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Put some clear protective tape on the areas of contact otherwise the cables will rapidly rub the finish off the frame.
    Thanks for the tip!
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    My gt is finally done for the moment, outside of some $$ tubeless rims-- so onto my other project, the backup bike:
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    Set of new tires, went with DHR II's front and rear and am LOVING them. I blew two tubes trying to get them on my wheels so next will be going tubeless. lolWhat did you do FOR your bike today??-13239247_10153645283044639_447219136910257544_n.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFishingRI View Post
    Set of new tires, went with DHR II's front and rear and am LOVING them. I blew two tubes trying to get them on my wheels so next will be going tubeless. lolClick image for larger version. 

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    I had a real hard time getting my minions on too.. I thought it was just me or the extra rim tape I used lol

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    I just wrapped my cables at the points where they contact the frame, with electrical tape so they don't wear off the finish on the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumsXO View Post
    I just wrapped my cables at the points where they contact the frame, with electrical tape so they don't wear off the finish on the frame.
    That might not work because the cable housings and tape will still be moving back and fourth against the painted frame; it has to be applied to the frame itself. I'd almost be tempted to use the clear tape that hockey players use to keep their socks up. I never did it on my bike (the thought never even crossed my mind) and the cable housings did eventually rub through the paint on the head tube.

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    MCHB is correct. If your objective to to protect the paint finish, you must apply the protection directly to the frame. Depending on the application, I use 3M 8671 or 8672. One is thicker than thew other. I can't remember which.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MCHB View Post
    That might not work because the cable housings and tape will still be moving back and fourth against the painted frame; it has to be applied to the frame itself. I'd almost be tempted to use the clear tape that hockey players use to keep their socks up. I never did it on my bike (the thought never even crossed my mind) and the cable housings did eventually rub through the paint on the head tube.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    MCHB is correct. If your objective to to protect the paint finish, you must apply the protection directly to the frame. Depending on the application, I use 3M 8671 or 8672. One is thicker than thew other. I can't remember which.
    Honestly, I only did it because someone on here told me to. Well, they told me to use clear tape, but I didn't like the way it looked. I really don't mind if the cable wears off a bit of the finish... It's a bike; it's gonna get scratched and what not.

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    I touched up some paint scratches and relubed the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumsXO View Post
    Honestly, I only did it because someone on here told me to. Well, they told me to use clear tape, but I didn't like the way it looked. I really don't mind if the cable wears off a bit of the finish... It's a bike; it's gonna get scratched and what not.
    Sometimes cable rub will get so bad that it can erode through the metal and compromise the frame integrity.

    You may also want to reconsider the routing that you used for your shifter cables. The way you did it looks neater, but the cable rub can be severe. If you route the shifter on the left bar around the head tube to the right side it will not press on the head tube. Similarly on the other side.

    I use a rubberized tape from 3M to protect the frame on areas where cable rub is going to be unavoidable. Both to protect the frame, and to keep the bike as quiet as possible. I am a little OCD about having a quiet bike.

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    I replaced/upgraded the busted XT Shadow+ read derailleur on my bike with a Saint short cage. It works great so far on my 1x 11-36 setup. I also changed out my 30T chain ring for an oval ring from Wolftooth. Finally, used my old 30T ring to convert my spare bike to a 1x setup. Lots of wrenching, not much riding this weekend, which is typical for me. I do most of my riding on weeknights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mentor View Post
    Sometimes cable rub will get so bad that it can erode through the metal and compromise the frame integrity.

    You may also want to reconsider the routing that you used for your shifter cables. The way you did it looks neater, but the cable rub can be severe. If you route the shifter on the left bar around the head tube to the right side it will not press on the head tube. Similarly on the other side.

    I use a rubberized tape from 3M to protect the frame on areas where cable rub is going to be unavoidable. Both to protect the frame, and to keep the bike as quiet as possible. I am a little OCD about having a quiet bike.
    All I actually did regarding routing was use a couple of zipties to keep them from sticking out so far away from the bike. I didn't actually disconnect and reroute any of them.

    Is there any other tape that you can recommend besides something that's obnoxiously expensive? The 3M 8671 that someone recommended costs like $100+ for a roll... **** that! It's tape, for Christ's sakes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mentor View Post
    Sometimes cable rub will get so bad that it can erode through the metal and compromise the frame integrity.
    I seriously doubt it. Maybe hypothetically over decades of riding in gritty conditions, but this is not something anyone needs to be concerned about under real world conditions. And if there's enough abrasion going on to eat through a frame, do you really think it won't also eat through a piece of tape?

    DrumsXO - I recommend just not worrying about it. 25+ years and many bikes, I can't say cable rub has ever reared it's head as any sort of issue whatsoever. I don't know anyone else that worries about it either. Remember: it's a mtn bike, not a show car. Being pretty won't make it ride any better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    I seriously doubt it. Maybe hypothetically over decades of riding in gritty conditions, but this is not something anyone needs to be concerned about under real world conditions. And if there's enough abrasion going on to eat through a frame, do you really think it won't also eat through a piece of tape?

    DrumsXO - I recommend just not worrying about it. 25+ years and many bikes, I can't say cable rub has ever reared it's head as any sort of issue whatsoever. I don't know anyone else that worries about it either. Remember: it's a mtn bike, not a show car. Being pretty won't make it ride any better.
    I'm also on the side of not worrying about it, but if you choose to, try helicopter tape. Easily removed and can be done once twice a year. Keeps the frame protected. My $.002

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    A quick Google image search will pull up several images that might make one pause to reconsider protecting your frame from cable rub, an example below. I personally had a fork crown ruined by it; lesson learned. It is an insidious problem, you often don't notice the damage until it is irreparably done. The solutions are easy and cheap, why not take the precaution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumsXO View Post
    Is there any other tape that you can recommend besides something that's obnoxiously expensive? The 3M 8671 that someone recommended costs like $100+ for a roll... **** that! It's tape, for Christ's sakes!
    The 3M tape is what I use for frame protection tape. Just use duct tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaloKera View Post
    I but if you choose to, try helicopter tape.
    That's what the suggested 3M tape is.
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    I just bought some 3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Film off of eBay. An article I read recommended using it to protect from cable rub, and it's a hell of a lot more affordable than 3M 8671 is...
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    Lets see quite a lot considering this morning my mountain was nothing but a frame, headset cups, bb/crank, and rear derailleur. Here a list of what I did do to both bikes.

    MTB: Installed new rock shock air solo silver 100mm fork, a small mucky nutz front fender, fsa headset, avid bb7 160 mm brakes, raceface race bars/stem, deore shifter pods, cateye enduro computer, jagwire sealed brake/shifter housings/cables, xt front derailleur, xt trail pedals, wtb saddle, origin seatpost clamp, made a chain stay protector from one of my 2 no longer needed innertubes, and wtb frequency wheels setup as tubeless my front wheel took 2 tries with my floor pump my rear was a 6 try and a 30 buck fitting for my air compressor just to get it to seat. Got plans within the next 2-3 weeks of adding a ks lev 125 dropper, adding a remote lockout for my fork, swapping to a 2x10 tranny and upping my front rotor to 180mm.

    Road: Just got it off my brother so quick safety check, replaced the shift cables, swapped the stock saddle for my spare, swapped his wireless computer with dead batts for my old wired cateye enduro 8 computer, and got a nice blood blister trying to remove the junk stock pedals. After the trouble I had removing my mtbs bb a month ago the roads going to a shop to get its pedal off I got replacements w/ toe clips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumsXO View Post
    The 3M 8671 that someone recommended costs like $100+ for a roll... **** that! It's tape, for Christ's sakes!
    I bought two rolls of actual 3M brand 8 mil and 14 mil for $72 (for both) on Amazon about a year ago. I wouldn't pay $100 a roll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    I bought two rolls of actual 3M brand 8 mil and 14 mil for $72 (for both) on Amazon about a year ago. I wouldn't pay $100 a roll.
    I think the stuff that I bought should work well. It's used as a "bra" for the bumpers of cars to protect them from rock hits.
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    Wrapped my chainstay with hockey tape first; electrical tape second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumsXO View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Nice!! I did duck tape 1st, then electrical tape ;-)

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    Initially I wrapped it with a double strip of an old t-shirt I cut up, and started wrapping it with electrical tape. Then I ran out of tape and went rummaging for my unopened roll. That's when I found the roll of hockey tape and thought it would be better than the t-shirt.

    In hindsight, the t-shirt might have been better for sound dampening. I can redo it later if I decide to.

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    I mowed the lawn so I can ride the bike tomorrow without feeling guilty about my sad looking yard.
    lol, yet another reason to love the desert sw, no lawns to mow!

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