Friday, June 3, 2011

Bike Protection Tape

I've been resisting to put any kind of protective tape on my Brompton for the longest time simply because I didn't think it was necessary.  I put stickers on some parts that were prone to cable rub, but other than that, I left the bike as is.  Kung magkaroon man ng gasgas, okay lang--para mas luma tingnan.  Para less takaw pansin
This part of the Brompton (underneath the frame) is the most prone to scratches,
particularly coming from rubbing against the rear tire 
Besides, they're expensive.  My folding bike colleagues Ruth and Abel told me about "bathroom tape" that's available in True Value and Ace Hardware, but, boy, are they NOT cheap (P1,000++).  Plus, the product just doesn't feel like it belongs on a bike.  It has a rough texture that invites dirt to cling on it.  So I passed on the "bathroom tape."

I researched the internet and found out that what bikers use is "helicopter tape." But I don't think that's available commercially here in the Philippines.  So, for the past 7 months, I left my Brompton pretty much unprotected from the elements.

Until my good friend, Al Castillo, posted on Facebook that he was selling strips of Surface Guard TapeP150 per foot.  I said to myself, "I can spend P150 for some surface protection for the Brompton.  I mean, it sure beats paying P1,500 for a whole roll."  So I ordered 2 feet.  Thanks, Al!
Photo courtesy of Al Castillo
According to its makers, ISC Surface Guard Tape "is a clear protective urethane film that is virtually invisible to the naked eye. It will protect any surface that is prone to scratching, chipping, and weathering." One blogger says the tape is an outdoor grade, which means it has excellent ultra violet protection and will not yellow over time. 
So I took out my bike.  Grabbed a rag. And started cutting small pieces of clear protective tape.  I cleaned the spots that were prone to cable and tire rub with my rag.  Then applied the tape over the affected areas.  Simple as that.
Before placing Surface Tape
After placing Surface Tape
The product is easy to apply.  Though you might need to use a tough pair of scissors to be able to cut through the tape.  The product is thick, so I think it's durable and will really protect the area it is covering.  At the same time, the product is smooth and clear.  You hardly notice it on the frame.  

The ISC Surface Guard Tape worked well on my bike and I think the P150/foot was a good investment.  Let's see how long it lasts. 


  1. Hi Mr. Kris! I'm actually looking for bathroom tape alternatives for my mtb. nagsearch ako sa google at natuklasan ko ang ISC Surface Guard Tape dito sa blog ninyo. Gusto ko pong malaman kung nagtitinda pa rin po ba si Mr. Al nitong tapes? paano ko siya macocontact? Salamat! ^_^

  2. ow btw sir. I'm a member of
    gundamtokwa is my username...

  3. Hi, GT! Alam ko nabenta na ni Al yung buong tape niya. You can private message him sa Facebook. Al Castillo. Tanong mo san niya nabili. Hope this helps!

  4. I have used surface protection tape for my car. It protects my investment, keeps my car shinier and scratch-proof. I had a great experience with it till now. I highly recommend this product to all.

  5. You might also want to check out Bike Armour Protection Film. Its available in FB page . Product is automobile grade and much thicker than Racers Tape.

  6. Where can I buy the ISC Surface Guard Tape?