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September 15, 2019


– Protecting your frame
against knocks and scrapes is a really good idea. Especially if you have a new bike or a bike that is fairly new and the paintwork is still intact. Now there’s various different ways you can approach this, you can get entire kits to
cover every part of the frame, you can also get the bare minimum. Now the bare minimum might
be some chainstay protection, or even going a bit ghetto
and using old inner tubes, bit of recycling there for you. But in this video today, I’m gonna fit some
frame protection decals, I’m gonna show you the
best places to fit them and the best way to fit them in order to keep your bike looking fresh. (chilled music) Now firstly you’re gonna
need to get the right sort of protection gear for your bike. Now there’s a lot of different options available on the market and a lot of different
ways you can do this. Now firstly, there are some
pre-made things you can buy, I.E this has a chainstay protector on it that is designed for that purpose. You can also get crank
boots, little rubber caps to go over the end of your crank arms which protect them from paint scratches when you do, inevitably,
strike against rocks and other things on the ground. However, I’m gonna do a
bit of a DIY kit today using two particular things. I have an AMS frame protection kit here, in fact I’ve actually got
a part used one as well so I’m gonna use this first in all the main areas on the bike. And then of course I’m
gonna use some of my trusty Scotch M2228 which is just rubber
effectively, sticky rubber. And I’m gonna show you a few cool tricks which you can do to silence your bike and of course keep it free,
hopefully, of paint chips. Now preparation, this is absolutely key for the adhesive to work
correctly on your bike and for it to stay in place and more importantly look good as well. If you don’t get this stage right you could suffer air bubbles or even worse it could start peeling up at the edges which is kinda pointless it being there in the first place. Now to clean your bike, isopropyl alcohol is the best thing for this purpose. Make sure that any greasy residues, any other adhesive that might be there can be stripped away and it won’t damage any part of your bike, and this is ideal. Now you can find isopropyl
alcohol in certain cleaners and products, contact cleaner, that is essentially pure isopropyl alcohol and so I’m gonna use that. You can also use brake cleaner. Essentially anything that
has isopropyl alcohol and will evaporate afterwards,
that is your friend. Try and avoid any household cleaners that you think might be good because a lot of them tend to have silicone in there and silicone is awful against adhesive and, sooner or later, your
adhesive decals will peel off. So, on this particular
bike there’s quite a few special areas I wanna be applying stuff. So the first one is the top tube. Now you might wonder why I’m gonna put it on the top tube when
rocks and stuff ping up on other parts of the bike. But actually on a nice
paint job like this, got a nice glossy finish on there, your jeans or your knee pads, or even just your legs, in day to day use, will actually rub the finish
away on your top tube. And because this like
a free ride hard tail, I’m probably gonna use this for jumps and a bit of messing around and quite likely to use knee pads. And I’m also quite likely to
sit on the top tube sometime just when I’m maybe chatting
to Blake at the side of the trail or something like that. That all has an effect on the paintwork so I’m gonna protect the top tube on my bike and I’m gonna show you exactly where the best part of that is to do. Now you might notice here
that the kit I’m using has actually got some
chevron style patterns to it. Now what I wanna do cos I
want the GMBN on this one to just sit past here on the top tube because that is the most important bit of the top tube and I
don’t wanna mess around with this graphic here by covering it up. So I’m actually gonna
make a little mark here and trim this so it sits
and follows the line of the graphic on the top tube there. This is where you can get quite picky with your own designs and make
sure they sit nice and flush. It’s all about lining up
the center of the decal and following it along the top tube there until it’s in the right place. And just make a line along
the center of it as you go. Keep this in place here, just to make sure it
stays nice and straight. As you’ll notice this has a slight honeycomb construction to it. Now the honeycomb actually
makes it a lot tougher and actually fairly resistant to bashes. Little bit different to the Helitape. I’m just gonna continue
wrapping this around. Get that nice and smooth. Looks pretty good. Next up is around the
head tube of the bike. Now again there’s no
additional protection on here against cable rub, I.E when
you turn the handlebars through the motions
those control cables tend to rub against the
paintwork, they dull it down and even worse, in time
they will completely rub it raw, back to the bare metal. Now this isn’t really the end of the world but it’s not gonna look very nice and I want this frame to stay looking good as long as possible. So I actually want quite
a large piece on here because there’s a chance of the cable rubbing throughout here. So I’m actually gonna put one of these nice long sections on. And again, make sure the middle gets on there nice and firmly. Smooth that on. And work it to the edges there. And that will work a treat I think there. That’s good. I’ve gotta lower my dropper post position which brings that cable down slightly and there’s actually a bit of cable to pull through once I
lower the post in the frame. It’s in the work stand at the moment, that’s why the cable is this tight. The next place is part of the down tube. Now this does depend on where you ride and a few other factors. So, just for example, if
you’ve got a pickup truck and you hang your bike over
the back of the pickup truck, I would advise using a
decent amount towards the top because that is where your bike hooks over the pickup pad on
the back of the truck. So that’s worth taking into account. Now perhaps you live somewhere
that’s extremely rocky and rough, like the Alps or anywhere there’s lots of loose rock. In which case, you’re
gonna get bits of rock flying up all over the down tube here. Now locally and in most
of the areas I ride I don’t really have that as an issue but the typical areas
that rocks and things do tend to fly is lower on the tube and around the bottom bracket shelf. So I am gonna pay a
little bit of attention to the bottom part of the down tube here. Same rules apply as the rest of the bike, give it a center first, then
work it to the sides there. Now if you’re using rolls
of heavy tape or anything, you can cover the entire
down tube if you like. I don’t like to do that personally, I like to just cover the
areas that are more likely to get a bit of paint damage to them. I’m also gonna put a bit of
rubber on the BB shell itself because I know from experience
I’ve had some really, really big chips on the underneath of the bottom bracket shell because you don’t ever really see it. Now one extra little top tip, I know there’s a lot of you out there that will never do this. On the underneath of your frame here, on the bottom bracket shell, you will see a number
stamped into the bike. That number is completely exclusive to your bike, that can identify your bike if the bike is stolen. That’s a really good thing for your insurance to have. Note this down, especially if you’re gonna cover it up, it’s out the way and it also means that, if your bike is unfortunate enough to get stolen, it can later be identified if it is found. So a good thing to know,
just note that down. Next up is your crank arms, now this is a personal preference thing, I’m not normally that fussed about this. But some people like to
protect the crank arm as you can get specific decals to go on your crank arm so you don’t rub away the paint work on them. But something that does bug me is the ends of the crank arms. Now you can buy dedicated boots that slide over the end of them and essentially when
you’re peddling through rough stuff, you’re gonna ground out your pedals and your crank arms. Now it’s less of an
issue with alloy cranks but if you’ve got carbon
cranks you definitely wanna try and protect
the ends of your cranks. Well I’m gonna show you a little trick to make your own little version that does a great job of protecting them. Same principal as with applying anything on the rest of the bike. Just try and mirror those surfaces and get a good adhesion. Now that is fairly invisible when you’re actually riding and, yeah okay it might
come off in the future with extended use in bad weather, but it’s a very small thing and very easy to protect. Next up is the back end of the bike. Now this will depend on your riding style, how wide the back end of the bike is, the design of the frame. Now, on my particular frame, the back end here is quite wide. Now I am aware that
sometimes when moving around, riding flat pedals especially, I rub my ankles on the
chain stay slightly. So, although this one has a pad on here, I’m actually gonna remove that cos I don’t like these sort of pads. We’ll get to that when we do it but, I’m gonna put some on the
side of the chain stays, an area where my feet might rub. I’m gonna do that on
both the non drive side and the drive side. And again, go for that central line. Now that is gonna do the business there for stopping any paint rub and it’s quite tough as well. I’m also gonna have a
strip along the top here. Now I’m just gonna leave
this going underneath because the rubber will
actually keep that in place. The rubber itself comes
in strips like this. Comes in 50 mill and 25 mill wide. The one I’ve got here is 50 mill wide so I’m actually gonna
have to cut this to fit. Now the really good thing about this stuff is it’s stretchy and
it’s extremely adhesive. So you can actually shape it slightly, all the way along to get
a really good finish. And, because it’s quite thick, it dampens out the noise that you get from the chain just ticking
away on the chain stay. And again, depending on how much you have, you can really go to town on it. You can put some on the top of the back of the seat tube there. Sometimes you get rocks and stuff flick round as you’re riding, that can remove some paint. And again the sides of your fork legs, that’s a really popular
place for people to do that and it’s a really good place to put some. Okay so that’s the basics in fitting frame protection to your bike. And certainly some notable areas there like that top tube rub, the head tube for the cables, under the bottom bracket,
all that sort of stuff. Now if you like the
look of these AMS kits, we have we our GMBN logos on, you can get those on our store. And I’m also giving away five sets, so you could win one of five sets. The competition link is
in the description below so head down there if you’re interested and the competition is live
from now until the 4th of April. So if it’s after the 4th of April you cannot qualify to win unfortunately. But you can still buy them in our store. Good luck. And click up here if you
wanna see a video about the Toepig Tubey Booster, its
a tubeless inflation system with a little hidden trick up it’s sleeve. And click down here if
you wanna learn about installing a dropper post on your bike. That’s part of our essential series and you’ll be able to click through to the rest of the videos in that series. If you like what we do here at GMBN tech give us a thumbs up and as always don’t forget to share and subscribe.

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  1. Careful with the brake cleaner, at least in the United States. Most brake cleaner I've used says to keep it away from paint.

  2. 2:15 if you live in the US Do Not use brake cleaner… because most brake cleaners have thinner which will strip your paint away, Carry On😁

  3. Good vid doddy I use shack wrap done both my bikes I have Scott genius carbon and a mandrake summon had them both for a few years and still look brand new got to take care of your bikes

  4. Frame protection is definitely a good idea. When it comes to those super precisely made invisiframe kits I can’t imagine doing those properly, I can barely put a screen protector on my phone without bubbles 😂😂

  5. My bike looks like it's made of inner tubes. I was so pleased with the chainstay method that I used it on the top tube for when it's chained up, the lower half of the downtube to protect the cables, and the lower half of the seat tube to secure my weird mud guard & homemade derailleur guard. It weighs a ton, and looks shite, but it hasn't been nicked!

  6. I wouldn't recommend using an automotive brake cleaner. They are usually much more aggressive than contact cleaner or isopropyl alcohol. You can run the risk of damaging the paint with a strong chemical like brake cleaner.

  7. Buy your isopropyl from a reputable dealer some of the stuff on a popular auction site is inferior diluted down dispite it's alcohol content claims
    I prefer to use autoglym glue and tar remover.
    Invisframe is the best solution but handmade frames like orange are made on jigs so allow for some tolerance issues when applying the vinyl .
    Using an old inner tube is great for the environment but anyone who's removed an old one will know how much water and dirt can still get under them even when fitted tight and sealed off and whilst alloy doesn't corrode it does fatigue

  8. Great stuff is always Doddy. That 3M 2228 stuff is pretty awesome for all sorts of bike related things: I put that s*** on everything. 😉

  9. Without even watching your vid…I can easily say that the best AND cheapest way to protect your frame is to Purchase some Carbon Wrap from EBAY…Any size Any colour and ive been using the stuff for years…No More than a Fiver….To Use anything else is just a waste of money ti be Honest..!!

  10. I’m so glad to see gmbn back doing more d.i.y. Videos. How about doing one on a complete fork rebuild, Dampers and all.
    Thanks Doddy

  11. I like those AMS protectors. I used a utility knife to cut out a nice hole for the cable routing on the bottom. I think a dry erase marker is helpful for setting the protectors

  12. Hey so im wanting to get some of that scotch rubber tape but I googled m228 and nothing is popping up. Can you provide me a link to where I can get that stuff?

  13. This would be a great birthday present for me (my birthday is not April 14) my bike is the most expensive thing I own and I really want to keep it looking good as long as possible.

  14. I consider myself extremely fussy. I match my anodised valve caps with my anodised cable end ferrules, I have crank arm boots and blingy chains. I colour co ordinate my bling to the bikes original colour scheme and I even try to colour match my riding gear to the bike as well.

    I keep my bikes meticulously clean and well maintained also, yet I just cannot get away with going down the frame protection kits route. Neither can I bring myself to wrap chain stays with inner tubes.

    The way I see it is, covering your bikes frame with stickers and tape stops you from seeing the details in the bikes design/colour scheme anyway. A big strip of tape looks worse to me than a little bit of cable rub, or heel rub. Even a few stone chips under the BB and down tube doesn’t bother me. These are all signs that you use your bike as it was intended.

    A wrapped up, stickered up bike just looks pants to me. I’d rather have the signs of use on display.

  15. I don't know why mountain bike manufacturers stopped anodizing frames. Anodized metals self heal, hide knicks and scratches, and stand up to wear super well.

  16. I bought protection tape for cars for 6€ per 5 meters x 5 cm. Then I used the technique of Joe in Joe’s bikes: prepare a spray bottle with 30% isopropyl alcohol and 70% water. You spray both the frame and the adhesive side of the protection plastic with the mix. Then you can move the plastic after applying it and it stocks much better to the frame

  17. The AMS kit is reasonably priced, and the honeycomb design looks like it will be quite tough, but at the same time obscures the paintwork and I'm not so keen on the branding logo on every single piece. I got an invisiframe kit, which is a lot more expensive and a little tricky to fit, but you get a kit that's custom made for your bike and if applied correctly it's almost invisible

  18. Thanks for doing this video, Doddy. I've been wondering where I should put protection on my frame. My bike is fairly new, but I'm getting some scratches on my down tube. – Dee

  19. You forgot one big thing which makes mounting way easier: I used AMS on all bikes of my family, and one thing I learned fast, after cleaning I heated the frame a little bit with a hairdryer which makes placing and glueing way easier…

  20. I use 3 M auto hood and fender protector. I get the leftovers from a auto tinting shop they cant use the smaller pieces. You can cut small pieces for cable run areas

  21. If you're putting a protector on your bottom bracket shell make sure to poke a hole through for drainage (if you have one in your frame) so that water doesn't collect in the shell during washing or riding. I forgot to do this on an older bike and the BB died pretty quickly. When I realised and poked a hole through a load of rusty water drained out 🙁

  22. G'day from downunder Doddy. How easy are those frame protection kits to remove in a few years time ? Will the adhesive remove any paint once its hardened over time.

  23. One of the things I will do with decal applications, is use the shiny side of the decal paper, to rub the decal into place. Makes it fairly easy to apply pressure, and be able to slide across the surface of the decal with relative ease. Once again, great informative vid Doddy. You're making it super easy for me to keep my ride in tip-top shape.

  24. Do not use brake cleaner. There are a few brands in the states that will take your paint off. Some are harsher than others.

  25. What is recommended for a bike with a matte finish? I would like to protect the matte finish on my orbea without using a glossy protective film.

  26. Good video, can you tell me about the scotch tape? I typed in the description you said in the video, but can’t find it anywhere.

  27. Just make sure if you get the one with a picture on it make sure its centered with the points on sticker. Mine was not and although sticker Is aligned the picture looks like shit. 36 dollar waste of money.

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