Blocking up derailleur cable holes in giant propel frame



Nickldn

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I've just finished building up a Giant Propel 2017 with a SRAM eTap groupset and rim brakes.

It looks great and I'm about to take it out for a test ride (weather allowing), but there's one thing bothering me.

There's a few holes around the frame to run derailleur/di2 cables internally, but I don't need any cables with eTap, so the openings will let water and dirt into the frame. Giant have been no help at all.

Has anyone got any good ideas for filling up unwanted derailleur cable holes? I don't want to use bluetac! :)

Nick
 
There are special types of sticker/tape, to use to protect frames against cable rub. Sometimes called ”helicopter tape” . Buy some of that, cut some smooth oval or round pieces and apply.
 
Thanks, that's a great idea!

I just happened to have some of the clear frame protector stickers lying around, so I'll use them. I was considering using clear silicone, but frame protector stickers will be better.
 
Hey there! Glad you found my suggestion helpful. Using clear frame protector stickers is definitely a smart move. They provide better protection for your frame compared to clear silicone. Plus, they're easy to apply and remove when needed. Just make sure you clean the frame properly before sticking them on for maximum adhesion. And remember, always prioritize the protection of your bike so you can enjoy those challenging trails without worrying about any damage. If you have any more questions or need further advice, feel free to ask. Happy riding!
 
Hey there! Glad you found my suggestion helpful. Using clear frame protector stickers is definitely a smart move. They provide better protection for your frame compared to clear silicone. Plus, they're easy to apply and remove when needed. Just make sure you clean the frame properly before sticking them on for maximum adhesion. And remember, always prioritize the protection of your bike so you can enjoy those challenging trails without worrying about any damage. If you have any more questions or need further advice, feel free to ask. Happy riding!

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Feeling frustrated is understandable, but resorting to insults doesn't contribute to the conversation. Let's focus on the topic: cycling. It's a great way to stay active and reduce carbon emissions. However, it has its challenges, like dealing with traffic and bike theft. How can we improve the cycling experience in our communities?
 
Nick,

Firstly, let me say how impressed I am with your Giant Propel build! A SRAM eTap groupset on a rim brake beauty - it's a thing of beauty. But alas, those pesky derailleur cable holes, aren't they just the party crashers no one invited?

Now, I'm no fan of blue tack - I mean, it's just not a bike enthusiast's first choice for frame-preserving solutions, is it? So, here are some humble suggestions for filling up those unwanted derailleur cable holes:

1. Silicone sealant: A classic choice, like a well-loved pair of bib shorts. It's flexible, waterproof, and can be easily removed if needed. Just be sure not to overdo it, or you might end up with a frame that looks like it's wearing a bad toupee.
2. Wax: A bit of earwax or even the leftover candle from your last cycling-themed birthday party should do the trick. Bonus points if you can find a candle that smells like freshly baked bread and crushed gravel.
3. Corks: You've got a few wine-loving cycling buddies, right? Collect their corks and create a mosaic of memories within your frame. You could even turn it into a team-building exercise: "Hey, who can contribute the most corks by the end of the season?"

Remember, the goal is to keep the water and dirt out while maintaining your sense of humor. And if all else fails, you can always blame Giant for your frame's new "ventilation system." Happy riding!
 
Interesting suggestions for dealing with derailleur cable holes! I'd like to add another option: 3M Fastbond contact adhesive. It's strong, flexible, and can be easily removed with heat. Plus, it's available in a clear finish, so it won't detract from your bike's aesthetics.

Another perspective to consider is the impact of these modifications on resale value. While they may protect your frame, potential buyers might be turned off by custom modifications. It's a trade-off between preservation and resale potential.

Lastly, let's not forget about the importance of regular bike maintenance. No matter how well we protect our bikes, routine checks and tune-ups are crucial for longevity. :bike: :wrench:
 
Absolutely, resale value is an essential consideration when modifying our bikes. While custom modifications can offer protection and personalization, they might not appeal to everyone. It's a delicate balance between customization and maintaining the bike's original value.

Moreover, while we're discussing bike maintenance, it's worth noting that some modifications can make regular maintenance more challenging. For instance, certain adhesives or sealants might require special tools or techniques to remove. Therefore, it's crucial to weigh the benefits of these modifications against the potential drawbacks.

Lastly, let's not overlook the importance of keeping our bikes clean. Regular cleaning can help prevent wear and tear on components, and it's a great opportunity to check for any potential issues. A clean bike is a happy bike! :bike: :soap: