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    What do you do about gouges?

    So my mother in law was over today while I was out and knocked my bike over onto something and left it. When I got home there is about a 3" gouge on my frame to the bare metal. Being pretty pissed off I am wondering if you guys do anything to cover it up.

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    Assuming your frame is aluminum, you don't need to do anything. If it makes you feel better, you can get some touch up paint where they sell automotive supplies.

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    I would ask her why she didn't say something or put the bike back.

    As for the bike, I ignore scratches like that. They're battle scars.
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    There are certainly ways to cover it up but with police technology and forensics the way it is today, the odds are you are going to get caught.

    OH, wait, you mean cover up the gouge? Sorry, thought you were talking about taking care of your Mother in Law

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    High end, well wrapped electrical tape. People will think it's there for a reason and not ask. I've done it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    I would ask her why she didn't say something or put the bike back.

    As for the bike, I ignore scratches like that. They're battle axe scars.
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    Any MX'er will cover it up with a sticker..!
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    Magic marker. They make them in different colors. If the the gouge is raised up lightly sand it first.

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    Next time you're over at the MIL's place, accidentally knock her Precious Moments figurine off the end table and don't acknowledge the fact that you did so. Passive aggressive is the most appropriate way to deal with these things. Then go buy a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chef7734 View Post
    So my mother in law was over today while I was out and knocked my bike over onto something and left it. When I got home there is about a 3" gouge on my frame to the bare metal. Being pretty pissed off I am wondering if you guys do anything to cover it up.
    Kill her.

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    Sharpie works for some.

    As for gouges being battle scars. I have two ways of thinking about this. Bikes are meant to be ridden and sh!t happens and that's ok. I don't mind the nicks and scratches earned by intended use. It's the nicks and scratches that are otherwise preventable that piss me off. Example: I was tightening the bolts on my stem the other day with a torque wrench when the Allen socket slipped and I gouged the top of my shock.

    So, I am with the consensus...Kill the mother-in-law or exact revenge on the nicknack curio cabinet!

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    Do nothing...

    I have a pea-sized divot on the downtube ~2" above the bottom bracket shell on one of my 29er's and it is awesome

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    Gouge your MIL. We have a trail feature on one of my local trails called M.I.L. It is a grave sized pile of built up rocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by edubfromktown View Post
    Do nothing...

    I have a pea-sized divot on the downtube ~2" above the bottom bracket shell on one of my 29er's and it is awesome

    Yeah me to, only mine's about the size of a quarter and it bugs me a little. Sometimes i wonder if the frame is more likely to crack there.

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    See if your MIL wears the right color.

    Then borrow some and don't return it.


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