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Re: Pannier hook abrasion...and preventing same
« Reply #60 on: March 20, 2017, 11:09:16 PM »
Here is what I did on my Tubus Logo EVO before my trip last summer.  PVC plastic tubing, slit lengthwise to put over the rack tube, then wrapped electrical tape around it in several spots.  Some people that used the same tubing as I did used zip ties instead of the electrical tape. 

I am in USA where we still use inches and miles and other outdated units.  I am not sure but I think the tubing dimensions were 1/2 inch outside diameter with a 1/16 inch wall thickness.


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Re: Pannier hook abrasion...and preventing same
« Reply #61 on: March 21, 2017, 12:17:47 AM »
Just came across this thread. I started looking for the TrimBrite products but have been striking out.
Hi Thomas!

As I recall, you're in America. Trim-Brite blackout tape is available or can be ordered from the O'Reilly parts store chain. They offer it online here:
Amazon has it...
...and Walmart online, via one of their captive resellers:

While I have found it terrific for preventing brake and derailleur housing abrasion (it is an exact match in tone and color for my Nomad's matte black finish), it would not be suitable for long-term protection of racks from pannier hooks -- it is simply too soft to hold up over time to the pressure and abrasion of steel, aluminum, or glass-filled nylon pannier hooks. I gave it a valiant effort and it has not held up for me in that application. Photos below after only 800mi/1300km since the last application. It sort of worked, but has begun to get chewed up/worn through, so would need reapplication before next use.

I think helicopter tape (clear) or adhesive-backed stainless tape (silver in color) would be a better choice -- or bypass tapes entirely and go with the tubing sleeves.




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Re: Pannier hook abrasion...and preventing same
« Reply #62 on: March 21, 2017, 12:35:40 AM »
Since I have some helicopter tape left from doing my wife's bike I will give it a try.