prevents the handlebars from swinging around and denting the top tube. not sure why the veloce and raleigh have them though.
They are pointless for a commuter, UNLESS you have to chain it up outside in strange places. I still think the padding should go elsewhere in that case, but you could at least make an argument.
The padding is to protect your top tube from your handlebars. Couldn't remember if that was clear yet. The main point is for fashion. Folks who do tricks may like having something softer in that area too.
Last edited by vegipowrd; 08-19-09 at 07:25 AM.