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May 9, 2019, 6:31 a.m. -  Vik Banerjee

I use DIY at home protective tape on all my MTB frames...more if they are carbon and somewhat less if they are metal. I buy a MTB and plan to keep it 4-10yrs. I am not particularly worried about resale. I tend to sell to a friend that needs a good bike at a very low price vs. dealing with strangers who want to haggle and make me regret I posted an ad on PB. Any light MTB frame \[metal or carbon\] can be Killed In Action by an unlucky crash so applying some protective tape when the frame is new is a fast and easy way to buy some piece of mind. Only needs to be done once and it lasts for years. It's just a habit now. Despite this tape my bikes look well used \[because they are\] and lose their showroom shine fast. My lack of interest in hosing them down between rides doesn't help. If I was going to sell an old bike to a stranger hopefully they'd look at the tape I have applied and think "This guy took care of his bike.", but that's not my motivation.

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