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?