Dopey question# 672

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Panter, 25 Sep 2007.

  1. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Evening all xx(

    I took delivery of my shiny new Giant SCR3 yesterday. Anyway, included in the box are a sheet of clear stickers and an alchohol wipe branded Kendall curity.

    The stickers are clear plastic and quite thin (about gaffa tape thickness I'd guess.)

    There are 3 rectangular ones about 2" by 3/2", 4 oval ones a bit smaller and 8 small circular ones. What the hell are they? anyone know?

    They almost look a bit like puncture repair patches but I can't imagine for a second that they'd hold a puncture.
  2. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    They are to prevent cable rub on your nice shiney new frame. Have a look at where the cables run and you will see some points where the cable will move against the frame. Use you alcohol wipe to clean any sections of the frame were you are applying the patches so they stick properly.

    Two points that immediately spring to mind are the side of the head tube and where the front mech cable runs down the seattube.
  3. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    They're re-usable nipple protectors, to stop chaffing from your jersey as you're hammering down the road overtaking everyone... Aren't they??
  4. OP

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    They'll be the round ones then :sad:

    And with a big Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh, so thats what they're for.

    Thanks mondobongo, appreciated xx(
  5. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    what are reusable nipples (or, for that matter, disposable ones)?
  6. andrew_s

    andrew_s Guru

    They are little cable clamp things that attach to plain cable in place of the barrel nipples moulded on the end of MTB brake cables.
    Brock meant reusable "nipple protectors". For women, it generally means a bra, but some blokes can have problems with sore nipples caused by a flapping cycle shirt or bouncing man-boobs when jogging. Elastoplast is the normal solution, apparently.

    Back on topic, the other bits of frame that may need protecting are the top of the seat stay from the rear brake cable, and the top of the chainstay from the chain (if there's a suitably shaped piece).
  7. OP

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Thank you :biggrin:

    I've protected the frame from any possible cable contact I can see.

    Just wish they'd put a large enough sheet in to cover the whole bike with...................................
  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    No, they aren't called nipples. But for the life of me, I can't remember the proper name. It'll come to me later. Watch this space....

    Ferrules! There, that didn't take as long as I thought it would...
  9. OP

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Ferrules (proud) ;)
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    If you wear glasses, you could stick the round patches on the lenses for that 'bi-focals' look...
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