Walking around Key West, I found this Origin 8 fixed gear bike locked up with the Huffy 3 mixte. What caught my eye was the clever use of bar tape to protect the top tube. I’m sure you big city folk have seen this before, but I hadn’t and thought it was a much more elegant method of keeping the paint from scratching than some other things I’ve seen.


  1. Wouldn’t work so well if you ran gears or a rear brake (depending on how they’re routed), since you need the looseness of a standard top-tube cover to clear your cables. But it sure looks infinitely better than the standard socks. And the only people who I see running TT-covers are on single-speeds anyway, so it’s probably a moot point.

What do you think?