What Is The Deal With The Top Tube Protection

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  1. defeattheapexbat

    defeattheapexbat New Member

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    I have noticed some people using some kind of pads around their bikes top tube. Why is this needed? or in what way is this useful? I think I have seem made it out of leather, and rubber.
    What is the story behind it?
    Thank you in advance for the education on this topic.
     
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  2. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature New Member

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    I have noticed it on kids bikes which I assume is 80% swag and 20% safety. Is that what you mean? If not, can you post an image?
     
  3. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear New Member

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    It protects the top tube if the handlebars hit it. Also a long one can be handy when leaning a bike against a pole to lock up.
     
  4. tarverten

    tarverten New Member

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    When I was a kid, I had a black "dirt" bike. It was my first bike with a level top tube (wasn't step through or a tricycle). My dad put pipe insulation on there that he wrapped with black electrical tape to match the color of the bike because I was worried I'd not know how to dismount correctly and rack myself.
     
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    I have an aunt who, ever since I've known her, has lived with clear plastic slipcovers on her furniture. This is the cycling equivalent of that!
     
  6. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay New Member

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    I see people using longer covers which I assume is for protection when using locks.
     
  7. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Dent protection. When the bar comes around into the bare Reynolds or Columbus top tube of a track bike hilarity does not ensue. I've been wrapping the TT of some of my bikes with two turns of padded bar tape for 40+ years.

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  8. BikeBikeBikeBike

    BikeBikeBikeBike Well-Known Member

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    I have noticed them mostly on "big box" special type youth bikes, mostly for optics.
     
  9. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    Show-off!
     
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