How to fix my bike?

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How to fix my bike?

Hello All,

I like to do offroad cycling and thus like to keep my bike in top condition. Although all the parts work fine, I have noticed that it keeps getting stone chips, especially when doing fast downhills.

I really dont like these stone chips screwing up the paint work of my £650 bike! Other than covering the whole thing in helecopter tape I'm at a bit of a loss...

I was wondering if anyone knew how I could do the following:

Protect the paint work from chips?

Repair the chips? I was thinking of painting over scratches / chips with car paint (Black) Then letting it dry for ages. I was then going to take one of those slightly abrasive pads used for car paintwork and rub down my painting until it was smooth with the existing paint work. I would finally finish by polishing with car polish. Do you ppl think this would work?

Finally, how on earch do you avoid smacking the front wheel against rocks etc when traveling downhill at 30mph? I can only bunny hop so many!

Thanks all

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IMHO paint chips are the leas

IMHO paint chips are the least of your worries when doing off-road cycling. If you had perfect paint noone would believe that you take it off-road anyway. Wink

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TO be honest I am scared to c

TO be honest I am scared to crash. Not because of the damage I might do to myself but the damage I could do to the bike! How on earth would I repair the paintwork after a crash?!? Wink

Is it odd to check the bike first after a crash before checking ones injuries?

Maybe its because I slaved to earn enough money to pay for the parts on the thing, I've become a bit over protective. Chips and scratches make me HURT!!!

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30mph??

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Only 30mph? My friend hit 65 once. Acute

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Paint the entire bike the way

Paint the entire bike the way you would paint a car professionaly using Imron paint. I think Imron is what they used to say was one of the most durable paints. Here is some info about it: http://www.dupont.com/finishes/na/000401.html

And by painting the bike, i don't mean just tape and spray, I mean strip it competely apart, sandblast, and then prime, paint, clearcoat, etc using professinal equiptment.

I would imagine that would help lessen the chips.

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What???

Lat time I check this site was about computer hacks. What changed??????
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Nothing, It spreads

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Must've forgot which forum th

Must've forgot which forum this post was in, eh? It should be in other tech, but I think RO is fine though.

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Good luck

When you are doing that kind of riding, you are going to have dings in the paint. Every time you go out, you will have at least a few. So if you want to repaint or touch up the paint after every outing, you might be able to keep it looking new. Otherwise, just think of them as batlle scars and live with them. They add character.

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Bike painting

Repainting the entire bike would be a problem...the rear end is black and the front clear coated polished alluminium. I chose the silver as this would not show chips so much Wink I might get it resprayed in the future, but would have to find a source of the Red Kona decals.

Searching the web revealed that repairing chips is possible by using a special abrasive pad for cars. I think I will give it ago.

Sorry about this being in the wrong forum. I thought Remember Outdoors was more appropiate as I cycle out doors, and really don't consider bikes as I would cars etc.

65 mph! I really do not believe that your friend managed that off road on a bike. Maybe if he is a professional downhill racer, on a full sus downhill bike with 10 inches of travel...but I really doupt it. If you ever ride a hardtail/ full sus cross country bike offroad, you will find that above a certain speed the bike bounces off the ground when it hits bumps/rocks. It gets very hard to control the bike when this happens and a crash is pritty likcly unless you are VERY skilled. Its hard to shift your balance when the bike is not supported by the ground.

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Bike paint

I wonder if anyone could estimate how much a small pot of black gloss touch up paint would be in Halfords?

I can get a pot on ebay for £3.50...I was wondering if this was the cheapest source...

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cheap = good

Ah, the value of a $300 Huffy. Biggrin I've been flogging the living hell out of mine, and I never have to worry about paint chips or structural damage. Well...I guess I wouldn't if it happened, but damn that paint just doesn't wanna move!

I'd say if you had a common colour paint, you could just go over it with car touch-up...might look icky tho.

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[b]Sorry about this being in

Sorry about this being in the wrong forum. I thought Remember Outdoors was more appropiate as I cycle out doors, and really don’t consider bikes as I would cars etc.

Biking is an RO topic, but repairing chips etc. wouldput it in Other Tech. Maintaining bikes is tech, and painting them is tech. Riding them is RO. Smile

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