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Old 07-24-08, 06:33 PM   #1
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Homemade top tube protector- opinions?

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I got a nasty dent (doesn't look compromising, but it's ugly) in my top tube. I was looking at top tube protectors online, and found this at velo orange:

So, being cheap and impatient, I thought I'd make something similar myself. I wrapped the dented area in multiple layers of duct tape to add padding and seal moisture out from the cracked paint. Then I sewed a chunk of old wallet over it. Here's a side view:

A front view:

And a close up of a bottom view with my crappy stitching:

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it, though the stitched part is a little more uneven than I would've liked. What do y'all think?
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Old 07-24-08, 07:09 PM   #2
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that's great!
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Old 07-24-08, 07:17 PM   #3
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Looks bad-ass. If the stitching bothers you, why not just turn it so it's facing down? Out of sight, out of mind...
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Old 07-24-08, 07:21 PM   #4
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that close up is some ed gein looking ****.
but good job.
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Old 07-24-08, 07:26 PM   #5
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Good job...
I was thinking maybe you could have used a cheap leather belt as well. Maybe a perforated womens belt. That way you could just cut it to length and lace it up with some shoelace.
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Old 07-24-08, 10:12 PM   #6
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i just wrapped mine in electrical tape. people kept knocking it over while it was locked and i had enough of my paint getting messed up.
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Old 07-25-08, 12:29 AM   #7
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I'm sorry your Surly got dinged, but I think you've done a great job there.

I was thinking of doing something similar with my new frame when it arrives - perhaps with something like the Brooks leather bar tape.
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Old 07-25-08, 09:29 AM   #8
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Thanx everybody, guess I'll feel a little better about my dent now. . . but just a little.
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Old 07-25-08, 12:29 PM   #9
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how did it get dented in the 1st place?
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Old 07-26-08, 05:40 PM   #10
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Just fell against a wall at work, and there was this brick part that jutted out. . . nothing action-packed. But the dent did happen to be right at the proper spot for a ttp. . .
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