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Do you still use/see top tube pads?

Old 01-19-09, 12:21 AM
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Do you still use/see top tube pads?

I, for one, am sooo grateful I don't see these foul things anymore. What a horrible trend that was. Now if we could get people to stop taping their top tubes in places where there is obviously no contact from their bars.
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Old 01-19-09, 12:42 AM
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I'm actually about to make one for my commuter bike, because it hurts my shoulder when I have to haul it up stairs and whatnot.
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Old 01-19-09, 12:45 AM
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I think they're pretty much out, so my opporunity rock/run an ironic top tube pad is nigh.
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Old 01-19-09, 12:46 AM
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can't leave home with out it.
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Old 01-19-09, 12:51 AM
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Yeah, they're passe now, even for the newly-converted crowd.

Except for Pengy. Ohhhhhh, pengy....
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Old 01-19-09, 01:17 AM
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
Except for Pengy. Ohhhhhh, pengy....
he'll always have a place in our hearts.
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Old 01-19-09, 06:01 AM
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Yeah, they're passe now, even for the newly-converted crowd.

Except for Pengy. Ohhhhhh, pengy....
HOW DARE YOU SPEAK THAT NAME!!!!

Hate fills my heart when I think of PENGY.
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Old 01-19-09, 09:10 AM
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I put one on the FTP after slamming and putting a very small ding in the top tube. Sure enough, I slammed again and the pad did its job. Could of used the tape method, but I don't like the way it looks.

I suck at riding therefore I slam....frequently.
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Old 01-19-09, 09:14 AM
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you can thank/blame bikesnob NYC for the disappearance of toptube pads. it was his blog campaign against them that shamed millions into their removal.
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Old 01-19-09, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Coomer View Post
I'm actually about to make one for my commuter bike, because it hurts my shoulder when I have to haul it up stairs and whatnot.
We used to braze a water bottle mount under the top tube and high on the seat tube and string a web strap between them for cyclocross.
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Old 01-19-09, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Ride Among Us View Post
you can thank/blame bikesnob NYC for the disappearance of toptube pads. it was his blog campaign against them that shamed millions into their removal.
Still an uphill battle with the pie-plates, though.
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Old 01-19-09, 09:43 AM
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who cares if they're cool or not cool anymore? i personally still have the same one from like 4 years ago and don't forsee myself taking it off. its useful and simple.
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i have one on my bike. IRO toptubes are teardrop shaped, which is the perfect shape for digging painfully into one's shoulder carrying it up three flights of stairs. i first put it on, though, when i had a rear brake and a freewheel on it. i had sawed off the rear cable stop (kept catching on and tearing my pants), so i just ran housing along the toptube and used the tt pad to hold it in. it helped for cyclocross, too...

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Old 01-19-09, 10:03 AM
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I still use mine (a black reload pad). Makes it nicer to carry up and town three flights of stairs and easier to lock up without worrying.
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Old 01-19-09, 10:57 AM
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there is one on one of my road bikes. the tt is gnarled from messengering on it for a bit and not being too careful with my chain lock. whatever.
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Old 01-19-09, 11:02 AM
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Top tube pads are now "hip" and superfluous? Thank god someone pointed this out to me and my incredibly short inseam.

Guess I'll have to start working on my uber cool track stand and cup wearing abilities.
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Old 01-19-09, 11:11 AM
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didn't you know that it's more important how your bike looks than how you ride it?

GET WITH THE TIMES! THIS IS THE MODERN AGE!
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Old 01-19-09, 10:08 PM
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I actually want a little one for my daily driver. Mostly because I have to get creative when I lock as there are no real bike racks in my town. Usually hanging with one wheeel on the ground off of something.
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Old 01-20-09, 01:08 AM
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Off topic but...

who is pengy?
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Old 01-20-09, 05:51 AM
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Old 01-20-09, 06:03 AM
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<3 my mini bici pad. Shame on you for letting someone elicit shame from you. Be hip if you f***kin want to.

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Old 01-20-09, 08:11 AM
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no complaints and no shame about my reload TT pad:

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I still have one I made from just a piece of pipe insulation and spray paint. No scratches when I lean my bike and it kinda uglifies my ride.
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Old 01-20-09, 09:11 AM
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Down tube pads are the new top tube pads.
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Old 01-20-09, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Catnap View Post
no complaints and no shame about my reload TT pad:

I can see this. It's not changing the aesthetic - and it's functional because you don't have to worry about how you lean it up against objects.

They're not my thing though.

This bike needs a black seat-post btw.
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