If you are one of those cyclists who doesn’t mind if your bike looks like it was just salvaged from the junkyard then this review is not for you. However, if you take pride in your bike and want to protect it then you need to check out the Lizard Skins Clear Adhesive Frame Patches.
Lizard Skins Frame Patches are small strips of clear polyurethane with an adhesive backing—they are designed to attach to your bike frame to protect it from having your brake and derailleur cables rub the paint off. These patches are small (1.5×1″) and easily stick to your bike frame (just clean the area with the supplied alcohol wipe before application).
Who needs these patches? First, anyone with a carbon fiber bike. The brake and derailleur cables on my carbon fiber Trek Madone actually scraped the clear coat and paint off the frame and left it exposed—not a good situation. Second, anyone whose bike frame has a powder coating. I love my Surly Necromancer Pugsley, but its powder coated frame picks up scratches on a windy day and the area under the cables had the paint removed in under 500 miles of use! Actually, everyone needs these patches since your cables will eventually damage the paint on any bike (it is just a matter of time).
These patches are nearly invisible once they are on your bike frame. However, to show you what they looked like I shot these photos in camera RAW (DNG) and played around with the highlights and shadows to make them show up better. Once these patches are under your cables they are very difficult to see.
Lizard Skins Clear Adhesive Frame Patches retail for under $7.00 for a package of six. Lizard Skins also has a black “Carbon Leather Patch” that blends in well with black carbon fiber. Your local bike shop probably has these patches in stock, but if they don’t they can easily order them for you. The folks at Lizard Skins not only offer great products to protect your bike, but they also have cycling body armor to protect your knees and elbows (I am going to buy a set before winter comes and review them for you—they ought to be great for cycling on the ice).