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Old 08-10-07, 02:13 PM   #1
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Wrapping Top tube with bar cork

Hi guys,

Im pretty new to this fixie game. I want to protect my top tube. i know there are tube protectors, but i was wondering if you could put on the bar cork onto it? Also would it leave a stickie residue?

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Old 08-10-07, 02:15 PM   #2
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yes you could. yes it would, but nothing that goo-gone won't get rid of
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Old 08-10-07, 02:18 PM   #3
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Or use an old tube. Cut off the valve section, slice it lenghtwise and tape the ends with electrical tape. Easy on - easy off.

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Old 08-10-07, 02:27 PM   #4
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Or use an old tube. Cut off the valve section, slice it lenghtwise and tape the ends with electrical tape. Easy on - easy off.
I did this, except didn't slice it lengthwise, and just tucked the ends into the wrap
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Old 08-10-07, 02:53 PM   #5
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It's like my old aunt...she's had slip cover on her furniture in order not to ruin it...the furniture is in better condition than the slip covers. Just enjoy it...once it gets beat up, then cover it.
(unless you are talking about a really primo machine.)
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Old 08-10-07, 02:55 PM   #6
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What are you trying to protect it from?
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Go to home depot and get a peice of clear tubing with the same ID as the OD of you top tube cut it to the length you want and slit it then slip over the top tube. It's clean and cheap and it stays put even without any sticky stuff or ugly zip ties
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the down tube is more important than the tt, better wrap that as well...
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Old 08-10-07, 04:02 PM   #9
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the down tube is more important than the tt, better wrap that as well...


On topic, for the $10 you spend on two rolls of cork you can buy all the material you need to make a TT cover, assuming you have a sewing machine.
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i do that. i only use maybe eight inches of wrap though - where the drops hit the tt
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On topic, for the $10 you spend on two rolls of cork you can buy all the material you need to make a TT cover, assuming you have a sewing machine.

wtf is this the safety poster bike
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Thank you for all the replies its been helpful, im trying to protect it from the drops like someone said already.

also i want to protect it because as much money ive spent on the frame it would suck if one bad move ruined my frame. Better to be safe then sorry.

Thank you for the tips
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Thank you for all the replies its been helpful, im trying to protect it from the drops like someone said already.

also i want to protect it because as much money ive spent on the frame it would suck if one bad move ruined my frame. Better to be safe then sorry.

Thank you for the tips

The good thing is that it's not permanent. I didn't spend a lot on my conversion frame but I spent hours sanding and repainting it. I still run a TT protector but the ***** manages to get scratched anyhow. The downtube has some nice white scratches from getting hit by a door (hotel lobby).

I'm not going to bother to touch up the paint, although I definitely could. Those little nicks and dents really do add characters and make you feel like you've grown with the bike.

Ultimately I probably would be a little more cautious if it were a new, expensive frame.

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Old 08-13-07, 06:48 AM   #14
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wtf is this the safety poster bike

I think the pads may have obscured the brakes!
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Old 08-13-07, 08:48 AM   #15
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You put out all this money to look at the bike? RIDE it baby! Ride hard :-DD
My new bike is great too but I'm going to mess it up. Whatever it takes to get it in motion. Bicycles are built to be riden, not stared at.
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It's really a sad world when people posting on BF don't know that bike by sight alone.
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What about a bandanna? I was under the impression that bandannas were the current in vogue accessories, or so says BSNYC
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If you have to worry that much, it's time to get a beater and keep the flashy bike for those week end rides!
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I got rope from my garage and wrapped it around my TT. I got the idea from someone off this forum. Im going to try to have the rest of the bike covered in reflective black vinyl. im going to be so freaking bright when im coming home from work.

Or you can go ghetto and get old punctured used bicycle tubes and just wrap that around and use zip ties to hold it down. I do it for my chainstay on my mtn bike.
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1) Your frame is made of metal.
2) Your frame is built to support your weight, even if you're obese.

Conclusion: You don't need to protect it. "Style" it if you want, but don't pretend it needs protection, except perhaps from rust.
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1) Your frame is made of metal.
2) Your frame is built to support your weight, even if you're obese.

Conclusion: You don't need to protect it
Hello there random pointless bump.
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Pointing out a bump by bumping? Yes.
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Hello there random pointless bump.
+1

...but anyways, my 2 cents. I hate having the top tube rub my legs which is why I took my pad off. The bandana idea makes more sense because majority of the time my bike is locked Sheldon Brown style and you could always move the bandana where you want.

My frame is pretty scuffed up though and I want to keep it that way.
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i heard aerospoke is actually making some killer tt pads these days.
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Go to the dollar store..

get 4 or 5 foam pool noodles.

slice length-wise.. and apply liberally to your bike..

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