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Old 04-11-06, 10:46 AM   #1
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DIY Top Tube Pad

Look what I made Mom! Nylon, velcro & yoga mat


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Old 04-11-06, 11:06 AM   #2
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i was thinking about doing something like that. did you sew that border on?
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i was thinking about doing something like that. did you sew that border on?
the flag was an after though and was just ironed on. I am actually going to make a new one with double the yoga mat padding and with the flag sewn on aswell...it takes like 30 minutes to make it and worth it rather than spending $15 or more at bike shops....
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Nice. The flag officially removes it from the McDonald's bike clan.
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How much do Yoga mats cost?

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Nice. The flag officially removes it from the McDonald's bike clan.

Also, since when has red and yellow been McDonalds? Thats what alot of people said about my new red and yellow bike... Stop consuming so damn much and look at a history book.
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Nice! I'm receiving a nice Somec track bike later this week. Maybe we should form a club



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Nice. The flag officially removes it from the McDonald's bike clan.
How does the flag remove if from the McDonalds bike clan? McD's has over 600 restaurants in China...Including its largest(as of 1992), in Beijing.
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Nice.
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what's mcdonalds? Red and yellow..for China!!!
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Nice! I'm receiving a nice Somec track bike later this week. Maybe we should form a club



Too bad that pearl white somec on ebay isn't me size..****!
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roll a tube in a pencil shape, lay it on the top tube and wrap another tube around it like bar tape and its alot easier version.
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Also, since when has red and yellow been McDonalds? Thats what alot of people said about my new red and yellow bike... Stop consuming so damn much and look at a history book.
Chill dude. A while back comments were made about red and yellow bikes reminding folks of McDonald's. Like it or not, they're a big part of American (and now the world) culture.

Having the flag on there links the colors to a completely separate meme, at least in my mind.
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i'd like to see directions for making a top tube pad. i think i'd **** it up if i just went for it. a bandana works okay, but i hate when it slides forward if i brush the top tube with my leg while stopping really hard. i have to keep readjusting that ****....

anyway, how would you make one of those? like...filling. what kind?
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seriously...instructions would be sweet for those of us who are not needle savy
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so how does the yoga pad feel in comparison to a foam insulation pad? i had always thought the yoga mat material would be easier to sew flat as well as allow for better fit on any given tt diameter.
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yoga mat is perfect..although you need two layers of it...depending on your taste. I don't really have instructions...I just made it from scratch by using my bike as my guides of length and width.
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but like...how to stack stuff? how do you stitch the edges? i can sew the ass of my pants, and that's about it.
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How much do Yoga mats cost?




Also, since when has red and yellow been McDonalds? Thats what alot of people said about my new red and yellow bike... Stop consuming so damn much and look at a history book.
+1. Yoga mats don't seem like they would be any cheaper than a reload tube pad.
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mine's sweatshirt material, which is nice and soft, but i take it off if there's going to be rain
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+1. Yoga mats don't seem like they would be any cheaper than a reload tube pad.
Not that I condone defacing any decent bike with one of those things (unless you're Shants, then sky's the limit!), but foam pipe insulation from any hardware store would probably be a better option. It's already formed to fit around the tube, available in several sizes, and super cheap.
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but like...how to stack stuff? how do you stitch the edges? i can sew the ass of my pants, and that's about it.
pretty straight forward-
Stack the layers flat on the floor. To secure, run a few basting stitch rows either width or lengthwise thru all layers.... a basting stitch will be a long running stitch about 3" or more in length. This will keep all layer togther better than stitching along the edge.
You can do this by hand w/ a sailing or leather needle (which is curved and has a sharp point) for cutting thru thick material (yoga mat = 1/4" thick). this can be done on a home sewing machine by changing settings, needle quality, foot pressure, and if the yoga mats stacked are thin..
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Since this will secure all layers together you will be able to trim edge evenly and apply fabric shell/lining without too much pad slippage... set outershell and lining with straight stitch machine along edge 1/4" margin, set 1/2" width binding trim to edge with machine or iron-on adhesive (stitch witchery is your friend)

hope this sheds some lite, i can't turn off what i do for a living sometimes...
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Not that I condone defacing any decent bike with one of those things (unless you're Shants, then sky's the limit!), but foam pipe insulation from any hardware store would probably be a better option. It's already formed to fit around the tube, available in several sizes, and super cheap.
in most cases yes. but given different tt circum, most pads will not be able to fit snugly give from one bike to another...Plus there is so much fun in looking for ways to improve on the existing design options.
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Not that I condone defacing any decent bike with one of those things (unless you're Shants, then sky's the limit!), but foam pipe insulation from any hardware store would probably be a better option. It's already formed to fit around the tube, available in several sizes, and super cheap.

it's lighter too
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oh, so a basting stitch is like...in quilts and blankets and such. do that to hold it together, then sew the edges and add the velcro....

i might also be able to find a sewing machine to use.
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oh, so a basting stitch is like...in quilts and blankets and such. do that to hold it together, then sew the edges and add the velcro....

i might also be able to find a sewing machine to use.
yup
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