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    Top Tube Pad

    I have seen a lot of people riding with one of these pads and it looks really nice.

    Where can I get one or what do people use to make them?

    Thanks.

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    RELoad makes many TT pads, both funky and plain. if you live in Philly or Seattle you can get them at their shops, otherwise you can call to have one made. I paid $25 for mine, which has bright green trim and gold stars. Simpler ones are $15.

    I'd imagine you'd only need some nice trim, two weatherproof, durable materials, some cotton insert, and velcro to make your own. You can asily could do this for $15 and an evening of work.

    FWIW I zip-tied mine down at both ends to keep the casual theft from walking off with it. If yours slides around too much you could also lay down a strip of tubular rim tape on your TT and then attach the pad.

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    $1.50 - pipe insulator
    $1.00 - electric tape

    gets the job done for me



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyeswho View Post
    $1.50 - pipe insulator
    $1.00 - electric tape

    gets the job done for me


    Cool. But, it sucks that your solution is one time only and is subject to melting in the sun. On the other hand, you don't have to worry about anyone stealing the pad.

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    ...if you are gonna use tape, use gaffers tape. It's much higher quality, doesn't leave goo, made of cloth, won't stretch, won't melt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    ...if you are gonna use tape, use gaffers tape. It's much higher quality, doesn't leave goo, made of cloth, won't stretch, won't melt.
    alright cool. thanks for the tip.

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    gaffers tape pwns all creation.
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    pwns

    i see this alot and don't know what it means. can i get a definition please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyeswho View Post
    pwns

    i see this alot and don't know what it means. can i get a definition please?
    http://www.google.com/search?source=...=Google+Search

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    I have the original top tube pad: ROACH, made right here in Vancouver by Ingrid herself from Roach, back in the 90's.

    I secure it to the bike (to prevent theft) by making top tube bracelts form bicycle chain. 5 "bracelets" evenly spaced around and along the pad, keeps it on the bike and looks very artistic.

    Last edited by Bushman; 08-06-07 at 04:21 PM.
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    The tape solution is really neat. You could use bar wrap too .

    edit: whatever you decide, don't go buy a teeny tiny BMX cover that only stretches like half of your TT. That's not good looking, or very protective!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushman View Post
    I secure it to the bike (to prevent theft) by making top tube bracelts form bicycle chain. 5 "bracelets" evenly spaced around and along the pad, keeps it on the bike and looks very artistic.
    That's an awesome idea. I have some spare blue chain and will try it when I get my buster tool back. Do you find that the links fit snugly (so a thief couldn't simply move all the bracelets)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
    That's an awesome idea. I have some spare blue chain and will try it when I get my buster tool back. Do you find that the links fit snugly (so a thief couldn't simply move all the bracelets)?
    i make them fit snugly, by only using enough links to "just" encircle the pad. Use VICEGRIPS to set the pin at this point, its far easier than a chain tool.

    i'll get some pics up soon.....
    You ride a bike, we GET IT, no need to rant about it or look down on others....its JUST A BIKE...get over yourselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushman View Post
    i make them fit snugly, by only using enough links to "just" encircle the pad. Use VICEGRIPS to set the pin at this point, its far easier than a chain tool.

    i'll get some pics up soon.....

    I'll definitely try that. I should buy another buster because I've already needed it twice this week while it's on loan.

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    It's often better to use "define:" in your search. It will find definitions directly instead of just linking to pages in which "definition" and your search term occur.

    Ex. http://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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    I took an old ReLoad pad and an old Louis Vuitton purse left them in a room together with a bottle of whiskey and the next morning I had an LV top tupe pad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathletics View Post
    It's often better to use "define:" in your search. It will find definitions directly instead of just linking to pages in which "definition" and your search term occur.

    Ex. http://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    ooOOo tech tip of the day

    didnt know that one thanks.

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    be the only "girl" in a race and win the "girl's" prize and then complain because it's "pink" and then put it on your "road" bike and realise it actually adds a nice cushion to rest on/brace knees against. or something like that.

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    Here's one more. WIG

    http://web.mac.com/chicagowig/iWeb/w...ing%20pad.html

    you can buy one of their designs, or you can design your own and they'll make it for you.

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    here is a pic of mine:


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    I just got string from my garage and wrapped it around the TT. it looks really cool, and it wont fall off or anything. No one can steal it, unless they cut it... but even then, its just string...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathletics View Post
    It's often better to use "define:" in your search. It will find definitions directly instead of just linking to pages in which "definition" and your search term occur.

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    pwned

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    Pictures of mine:
    I got the idea off someone from this forum. The person used a red bungee type string though, and it was just the area where the handle bar hit the TT. I want to wrap my down tube with something too, but I cant figure out with what yet...






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