Regarding the Little Lifter, in the photo the bicycle example shows a Leather Top Tube protector. However after looking over the site I don’t see a Top Tube protector. Are they sold together? -Hunter
We often get asked about top tube protectors! It seems like most top tubes are shaped differently these days, which can make designing a universally-fitting top tube protector a challenge, but the top tube is exactly the place where you want to have a warm, tactile wrap that invites handling. Here are our options for wrapping your bicycle top tube in our gorgeous, hand-dyed, vegetable-tanned leather:
1. Our Portage Strap serves as a top tube protector as well as a shoulder cushion for bikes with a 1 1/8” (approximately 28-29 mm) diameter top tube and down tube. It comes with a stitch kit for sewing it on, and there is an installation video on YouTube.
2. The Braided Bar Wraps work great for a top tube protector as well as bar wraps. One set usually has enough length to do both, and it’s flexible to wrap around any size. One of our customers did this with the leftovers of her handlebar wrap – she also wrapped her u-lock handle, rad! – and posted a picture of it:
3. We can create a custom-sized sew-on top tube protector (cost depends on size, workshop availability, etc.) which is just like the Sew-on Bar Wraps. You sew it on with an included stitch kit, just like our bar wraps and city grips. You would need to measure the dimensions of your top tube and the length you want it, and request a custom work. Here’s a customer photo, who ordered two wraps for his frame:
4. We can also make a custom version of our Bullwhip Bar Wraps for a top tube protector. Our Bullwhip Bar Wraps come with a sew-on section that gets stitched around the brake levers, so our custom version comes without the sew-on area. It will wrap approximately 12 inches in length, depending on top tube diameter. You finish it with tape or twine just like with drop bar wraps. Here’s the image that Hunter referenced, showing the top tube with the 4-braid wrap in our frame handle picture:
All of these options are available in our four colors: Natural, Honey, Dark Brown, and Black. Just like all of our high-quality, vegetable-tanned leather, these will last you a lifetime. You can unwrap and re-wrap these as many times as you want as change and maintain your bikes, so you can keep the patina that you’ve earned.