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    Where can I find tube protectors?

    I'm looking for those top tube savers that protect the bars from hitting the frame. Where can I find those at?

    Example (beautiful bike BTW):


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    Bens Cycle, or type in "Kashimax" on Ebay.

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    Wow, $40 for that dinky thing. I guess a homemade one is more up my alley as far as $$ goes. Anyone have homemade ones they would like to share? Looking for something that looks legit, not just tape around the tube type of setup.

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    There's always a bit of foam pipe insulation. Cheap, and cheesy, though.
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    Top tube protectors have their place... it saves my mess' bike from getting to dinged up.

    One of the nicest and greenest solutions I saw for this was to use cloth, shellac, and string / cord.

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    You can always wrap a length or two of bar tape around your top tube. It'll do the same job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darwin401k View Post
    Wow, $40 for that dinky thing. I guess a homemade one is more up my alley as far as $$ goes. Anyone have homemade ones they would like to share? Looking for something that looks legit, not just tape around the tube type of setup.
    Here's my work in progress.
    I used some heavy dark brown leather (pic shows it far too bright) with some non-slip shelf padding underneath. It looked fine using only tape to hold it on with the seam facing downwards, but I decided to drill some holes and lace it up. Just experiment a little with whatever you got around. I'll probably do it over and not use any electrical tape, just stuff more padding underneath and lace it tighter to hold it all in place.


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    The homemade jobs are cool and everything but they are better for protecting the paint than the frame. The Kashimax jobbies are great because the have a metal core that will keep the frame from getting dinged in a hard fall/crash. Homemades won't always do that. Also, you can peel the Kmax off or move it if you change handlebars often. I love mine.

    And yes, that is a beautiful bike.

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    keep in mind that electrical tape will eat away your paint if it sits for a period of time. periodically, peel off the tape and clean underneath with soap and water and reapply the tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
    The homemade jobs are cool and everything but they are better for protecting the paint than the frame. The Kashimax jobbies are great because the have a metal core that will keep the frame from getting dinged in a hard fall/crash. Homemades won't always do that. Also, you can peel the Kmax off or move it if you change handlebars often. I love mine.

    And yes, that is a beautiful bike.
    I'm surprised no one has come up with a knock-off kashimax for $10-15 bucks -- same protection without the NJS stupid tax. All it is is plastic and aluminum. They would make bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geordi Laforge View Post
    I'm surprised no one has come up with a knock-off kashimax for $10-15 bucks -- same protection without the NJS stupid tax. All it is is plastic and aluminum. They would make bank.
    Especially if they came in colors that aren't butt-ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Nemo View Post
    You can always wrap a length or two of bar tape around your top tube. It'll do the same job.
    +1 length of bar tape wrapped nicely in the electrical tape of your choice. Cheap, does a great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterkidz View Post
    +1 length of bar tape wrapped nicely in the electrical tape of your choice. Cheap, does a great job.
    +1. DIY is always better.

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    i wrapped some nalgene tubing around my top tube at the contact point, then wrapped it in a teflon tape covering to match the white IRO decals.

    then again, working in an organic materials lab helps with the exotic DIY gear...

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    At least you didn't use Parafilm.

    I wonder why top tube protectors never caught on with the roadie crowd. Probably that stuff they call bar tape that they put on their entire handlebars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warfordium View Post
    then again, working in an organic materials lab helps with the exotic DIY gear...
    like plastic and tape? how does the other half live?

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    Before he was using a towel wrapped in electrical tape.

    Though I hear electrical tape could discolor your frame a little.


    Right from Seedbus1 to you:

    "put a strip of microfiber cloth around the tube, wrapped it in electrical tape so water wouldn't get to the cloth and mold.
    Then cut a piece of 18G aluminum sheet metal to fit around it.
    Sanded the sheet metal on the side that is inside. I also sanded the electrical tape a bit just to give the glue something to grip. Also sanded the edges of the aluminum to get it nice and smooth.
    Went to the hardware store and got some weatherproof 2 part epoxy that works with soft rubber and metal and glued it on."

    And it's just glued to the tape, so if I ever want to take it off, it shouldn't be a problem.

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