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    Biking Viking. goatalope's Avatar
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    What are those top tube chrome things called?

    What are those top tube (often chrome) handle-looking things I see on a lot of fixed gears (like in the attached photo)? And what's their point?

    I tried searching elsewhere to figure this out, but don't even know what to search really. And I don't know any hipsters.
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    It's MY mountain DiabloScott's Avatar
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    They're top tube protectors. Sometimes they're just some handlebar tape, sometimes they're a big pad that covers the whole top tube. In your photo it's just to protect from the handlebars swinging and hitting the top tube (not an issue on a bike with brake cables). The bigger ones are to protect from bike racks and U-locks.
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    Biking Viking. goatalope's Avatar
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    Brilliant.

    Thanks.

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    many builders will gladly put them on the bike at your request.

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    The wheels are mismatched. Am I out of touch with current styles? (probably)

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    Who died?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    The wheels are mismatched. Am I out of touch with current styles? (probably)
    with FG styles, Yes, very.
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    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
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    How about aerospoke rear, spoked front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    How about aerospoke rear, spoked front?
    Are you trying to be uncool? Everyone knows it's aerospoke front, spoked rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    How about aerospoke rear, spoked front?
    aerospokes have a tendency for the track hubs to break loose of the wheel in the rear if you skip/skid/apply lots of back pressure, thus spoked backs, aerospoke fronts.
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    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankstoneline View Post
    aerospokes have a tendency for the track hubs to break loose of the wheel in the rear if you skip/skid/apply lots of back pressure, thus spoked backs, aerospoke fronts.
    perfectly logical reason for what would seem to the uninformed out-of-touch person to be questionable aesthetics

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    I just call them top tube chrome things.
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    pictured on that bike looks like a kashimax fivegold top tube protector, basically a rubbery clear material over a metal clasp that protects your top tube from dents if you crash or moronically knock your bike over and your bars whip around and hit it.

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    Senior Member cizzlak's Avatar
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    also it looks like that frame has long-shen lr-15 track ends in the back which i always thought were cute

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