Roadracers, the first to use stainless hoses on bikes for purely functional reasons, covered the hoses with plastic spiral wrap. Although a few cruiser owners may find some styling attraction in colored spiral wrap, most probably don’t want to hide their shiny hoses in opaque plastic. Fortunately, spiral wrap is now available in clear, and a length of clear plastic hose over the stainless steel can also provide a suitable buffer. The Cobra Intruder we feature in this issue uses simple rubber grommets which hold the hoses off parts that they might otherwise grind, such as the front fender. Careful routing, perhaps using the stick guides, will also help. (If you are trying to tie a hose or cable to a chrome component, Custom Chrome sells chrome-finished cable ties.) Some companies sell stainless hoses with a clear plastic coating running the full length.