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Old 09-24-06, 04:03 PM   #1
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Tape on the top tube?

I've seen a lot of bikes with tape wrapped around the top tube, usually only a little bit.


as seen here:




(recent bike from FGG)

BTW that's a really nice bike



what's up with that?

it's not that i don't like it or whatever, it's just interesting...
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thats where the bars hit
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yep. thread over.
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Old 09-24-06, 04:30 PM   #4
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OH MAN
wow

thanks guys! LOL!
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Old 09-24-06, 06:21 PM   #5
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What an ugly bike. I'm going to beat up the guy that owns that garbage.
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Old 09-24-06, 07:58 PM   #6
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I thought the bar tape would be enough to not dent the top tube...?
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Old 09-24-06, 08:00 PM   #7
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Because of the stem angle, when the bars are turned that drastically, they will slope down some and the uncovered part will hit.

This is what your asking right?
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I think he's assuming that most people wrap the whole bar, rather than just the lower or upper 1/2.
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Old 09-24-06, 08:25 PM   #9
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Oh I thought he was talking about that bike specifically.

Sorry.
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Old 09-24-06, 08:55 PM   #10
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Dosh, I'm surprised you aren't running anything on your TT. On my Concept I have two or three wrap of cloth tape, and then a bandana, the cloth tape underneath is enough to prevent the bandana from sliding at all.
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See it is kind of funny, my drop bars don't hit my TT. They hit my downtube .

I guess I should put something on the downtube, but I always forget to go buy some tape.
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sounds like your bars are a bit low doshkel. obviously everybody's body is different, but if the ends are colliding with the downtube those joints are low! do you ride in the drops like that?
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sounds like your bars are a bit low doshkel. obviously everybody's body is different, but if the ends are colliding with the downtube those joints are low! do you ride in the drops like that?
Yup. I explained everything to Learn_Not2burn in the ugly threadless stem thread. They are very low, but seem to fit me perfect.

Edit:non ugly threadless stem
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that's all that matters then

edit: now get a kashimax tt protector and run it on the downtube and make EVERYBODY mad
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Yup, yup
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yeah the thing is effing hideous
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I think he's assuming that most people wrap the whole bar, rather than just the lower or upper 1/2.
yes

Also, wtf is that fork?
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Old 09-24-06, 10:40 PM   #18
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wtf is that fork?
it looks like something from transformers.
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Old 09-25-06, 01:28 AM   #19
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I think it i9s the best.

But all is good!
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I think the green's nice. At least it's different from the standard black/white, black/red
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Kashimax on the downtube would be sooooo good. hahahaha.
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Old 09-25-06, 10:27 AM   #22
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The brake tab on the front will hit my down tube, so I also have a little bit of electrical tape there too. My bikes is dark red so the black tape isn't that noticable.
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I used tape to protect against bike rack damage; I just started doing it on my fixie, and it seems to work well after a few days and many lock ups. Basically, I did it on the top tube with one layer of electrical tape VERY tightly wrapped sticky-side up. Then I added another layer of tape with the sticky side down. I may add some near my drop outs or somewhere on the triangle too. Here's crappy pics.

http://users.catastrophe.net/vxla/im...06/09/21/tape/
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Old 09-25-06, 02:40 PM   #24
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the sad thing is that I love the bike, esp. the fork. Although, for some strange reason, I am in the mood for "thin Mint" cookies now.
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