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professional helitaping

Postby dusk » Tue Nov 13, 2012 13:25 pm

I have a new bike coming and having previously had a go at helitaping my old bike it was a right PITA and so I would rather see if I can get it done properly.

So do places offer this service and if so how much should I be expecting to pay?

Also I'm located in North Beds so if anyone knows a place nearby then let me know
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby Chunkers1980 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 13:31 pm

I get doing cable and crank rub and jam areas but fail to see the point of the lot. It a mountain bike and looks better having been ridden in my book.

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby cooldad » Tue Nov 13, 2012 13:39 pm

Seriously?
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby craigw99 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 13:55 pm

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby DodgeT » Tue Nov 13, 2012 14:05 pm

Sure your LBS would be able to do this. One local to me (but nowhere near you...) charges around the £50 mark for all the main parts / big tubes etc.
It is very easy to do yourself, as long as you have a couple of hours free.

I'm a fan of helitaping (main wear points) as I don't tend to keep my bikes for long, so makes for better re-sale value when you come to pass it on IMO.

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby dusk » Tue Nov 13, 2012 16:57 pm

None of my previous bikes have had it from new and they quickly look rubbish so I figure now I'm spending £k's on a new bike it's worth doing.

I'll have to see what my lbs say and maybe just give it a go myself.
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby ilovedirt » Tue Nov 13, 2012 19:05 pm

Heli taping is a pretty good idea, especially on downhill bikes as they cost more than most and get battered more than post, particularly on uplifts. The odd scratch here and there is alright, but uplift scars can look nasty. Pretty goo idea if you want your bike to look nice or may sell it on (you'll get a lot more back for a bike that's still in good nick).
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby cooldad » Tue Nov 13, 2012 19:19 pm

We will just have to agree to disagree, IMO it's like your granny leaving the plastic stuff on her new couch.
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby ilovedirt » Tue Nov 13, 2012 20:24 pm

if your grans sofas cost two grand and were potentially going to be sold on after a year or two yeah.
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby cooldad » Tue Nov 13, 2012 20:43 pm

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby dusk » Tue Nov 13, 2012 20:50 pm

cooldad wrote:We will just have to agree to disagree, IMO it's like your granny leaving the plastic stuff on her new couch.
(Your granny meaning one's granny, not your granny.)

but a sofa can be re upholstered and cleaned, surely it's more like having scotchguard on a sofa, looks and feels the same but has extra stain protection
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby Chunkers1980 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 20:54 pm

So can a frame though. Stripped and sprayed.

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby Woodmonkey » Tue Nov 13, 2012 21:16 pm

Wrap it in bubble wrap!
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby paul.skibum » Wed Nov 14, 2012 05:14 am

£50 to get helitaped or 100-130 for powder coat a few years down the line.
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby Chunkers1980 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 07:57 am

But tape doesn't mean perfection a few year down the line

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby cooldad » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:47 am

And it will still be an outdated second hand bike. Just a pretty one.
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Re: professional helitaping

Postby milfredo » Wed Nov 14, 2012 14:14 pm

At most stick some patches on to avoid the worst cable rub and just ride the bike. Taping up a complete MTB is just a waste of time and the helitape will just allow dirt to gather around it instead (also read resent posts on people ripping off lacquer removing the stuff).

Helitaping a MTB is akin to putting a tactile, expensive mobile phone into a shoot (any) case.

Preserve it for what reason - resale? Silly reason to buy it in the first place.

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby DodgeT » Wed Nov 14, 2012 15:17 pm

If you want to tape it, do it, if you you dont, then don't. It's personal choice, not something you need approval for.
Done right and using correct stuff, gives a very good finish. Done wrong using cheap cr4p, can end up looking nasty and being more hassle than its worth.

This could be added to the spd / flats , tubes / no tubes series of debates...

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby milfredo » Wed Nov 14, 2012 15:54 pm

But if you do it you are a silly 'nana.

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Re: professional helitaping

Postby bennett_346 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 15:56 pm

I'm not sure second hand buyers really care about scratches :?

For all it gets thrown around i think helitape is way overused.


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