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Garrett R

on a related note, i built a $5 fixie out of whatever i could get for free, or next to free. because i didn't want to spend money on bar tape, i used an old inner tube instead, by cutting it into two equal length for each side, and wrapped it afterwards with electrical tape. feels a lot better then bare bars, and only cost me 50 cents for the roll of tape!


That's very ugly.


Electrical tape. Weatherproof and comes in colors!


Depending on your top tube, you could get a larger tube and split it down the middle. Then glue or zip tie it back along the seam. Would look much better.

Do keep in mind that this hack might appear to protect your top tube, but if any dirt or debris is in the inner tube prior to installation, or any dirt that gets in there after essentially becomes sandpaper, wearing a hole in your paint. Same thing that happens on the Bras you see on cars. I've had to repair quite a few of those in my days in the automotive field


To those who think it's ugly, think of it as a theft deterrent.

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