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helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by Asposium » Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:10 pm

bought a new bike and want to put helicopter tape on the frame before adding bags

any suggestions where to buy?

looking at this on Amazon; it ain't cheap.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Protection-867 ... 7CRW6?th=1

though this looks similar
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gorilla-304470 ... ref=sr_1_1

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Re: helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by redefined_cycles » Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:30 pm

I'd not use Gorilla tape personally... proper helitape (there's a brand thats spoken hihhly of on the forums but a fraction of the price of the 3m stuff... worked well for me) or equivalent is probably best.

I'll take a look when I get home which one I ordered (its the one I mentioned above) and the good thing...

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Re: helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:00 pm

Clear Gorilla tape yellows very quickly and is a proper PITA because of how sticky it is. I've used 3M stuff before and 'twas a joy to fit.
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Re: helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by johnnystorm » Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:28 pm

The gorilla tape also comes in a version with serrated edges to make it easier to tear and that really picks up dust! It's also much harder to apply from a reel than from backing paper.

I needed something in a hurry and used tesa clear repair tape. It's wasn't bad but proper copter tape is better.

If you're looking on amazon search for ETC tape.
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Post by Leerowe76 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:53 am

Thought about it lots but have not actually done my Big Bro yet but thinking of not bothering as I want it to bare the scares of adventure when I finally get out there fully loaded that is :-bd
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Re: helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by RIP » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:39 am

Just dug out some I bought ages ago. It's from biketart.com. GORDON BENNETT!! It's £30!!! ('was £33'). I couldn't possibly have paid that. Have I got a Salsa or something and not realised?

https://www.biketart.com/accessori ... tape-p5
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Re: helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by Shewie » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:24 am

I bought sone of this last week, haven’t got round to fitting it yet though ...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BIKE-PAINT-P ... 5XuEHlIAhw

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Re: helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by Wotsits » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:26 am

Viking tapes used to be one of the best suppliers, poss only selling full rolls now though..

https://www.vikingtapes.co.uk/

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Re: helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by Mart » Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:11 pm

I got me some ‘Bike Shield’

It’s thick, and stick pretty well. Not had to remove any so far

Widely available anywhere
https://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shiel ... 96712.html
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Re: helicopter tape, where recommended to buy?

Post by Ian » Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:32 pm

Wildcat used to do the genuine 3M copter tape. But they changed the price (it trebled) and the minimum order quantity (10 fold increase, iirc). At the time, we couldn't quite justify sinking £1500+ into sticky tape that we didn't sell all that often :???:

However, try some of this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/3m-ventureshie ... tureshield
Beth has it on her bike, and it's thinner than genuine 'copter tape, but fine for protection against frame bags and hasn't yellowed at all in 4+ years. Back then, it wasn't a 3M product, so it seems they've bought the rights since.

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