There are plenty of stick-on vinyl options to safeguard your paint job, but Restrap’s new Bicycle Protection Kit adds a simple bikepacking-specific touch with topographic inspiration. Developed to prevent damage to your bike’s finish from the constant rubbing of dirty pack straps, the low-cost clear protection sticker set will also protect against normal cable rub & chainslap, too…
Restrap Bicycle Protection Kit anti-abrasion bikepacking decals
As a frequent, short-trip bikepacker I’ll often strap on a full set of bikepacking bags, and take them off soon after my ride. But riding off-road in pretty much any weather does mean that pretty much any bikepacking bag setup I use is likely to end up wet & dirty. And wet and dirty bikepacking bag straps invariably mean scratched bike finishes.
I certainly wouldn’t be too particular on scuffing the raw finish on this titanium Enigma Escape gravel bike. But if you have a painted steel, alloy, ti, or carbon bike, a bit of frame protection between pack straps & the frame is often warranted. A lot of adventure riders simply wrap their frames with black vinyl electrical tape, but Restrap has a better-looking solution that really won’t cost you much more.
They took three sheets of “easy-to-install, heavy-duty clear vinyl” and screen printed on the familiar rugged topographic contour lines of their backyard in the UK’s Yorkshire Dales. Then custom cut into a total of 17 individual pieces, you get all sizes and shape to stick on your bike for various anti-abrasion protection.
Designed by Restrap to work with their CarryEverything Range of bikepacking bags, there are a number of cutouts that will fit perfectly with those straps. But there’s also plenty of little dots and ovals to protect against good old-fashioned cable rub too.
There are even some longer narrow bits that can guard your chainstay or seatstay against chainslap.
Restrap Bicycle Protection Kit – Pricing & availability
The best thing about the Restrap Bicycle Protection Kit is probably just that they managed to keep it simple and affordable. The UK-made & printed three sheet kit with seventeen cutouts sells for just £10 / €12.50 / $15. Protect your frame finish from scratches with a little contoured style, without breaking the bank.
Extra bonus with Komoot integration
OK, Komoot isn’t actually integrated into the stick-on Bicycle Protection Kit. And you’d have to buy eight sticker kits to qualify, but… Restrap recognizes that many of us are cooped up at home, dreaming of riding somewhere new once restrictions lift & safe travel returns. So, if you spend over £100/€100/$100 including any combination of the kit from their webshop, Restrap will give you a FREE Komoot region bundle code worth £9. That will let you plan routes in a new locale.
Restrap also compiled a route catalogue for inspiration on cool places to start.