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Old 03-11-09, 08:19 PM   #1
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lets face it, you're not tricked out unless you have kick ass handlebar plugs

I'm losing handlebar plugs at a ridiculous rate - "ridiculous" being more often than the tape needs to be replaced.

Nashbar has some expanding plugs that look like they'd do the job. However, I'd prefer then to look a bit nicer.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_175347_-1___

whats your favorite handlebar plug?
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Old 03-11-09, 08:21 PM   #2
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I'm losing handlebar plugs at a ridiculous rate - "ridiculous" being more often than the tape needs to be replaced.

Nashbar has some expanding plugs that look like they'd do the job. However, I'd prefer then to look a bit nicer.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_175347_-1___

whats your favorite handlebar plug?
I don't have a favorite plug (does anyone?). But I probably need something like these---my plugs are falling out at the rate of about one per month. Now I have no spares left.

Wasn't there a time when all bar plugs were like this? I wonder how many people think the locking screws add too much weight to the bike.
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Hmmmm. I'll have to see if my Scotch bottle corks fit!
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Corks from a champagne bottle
Or cork from a wine bottle, easily gotten from any decent restaurant for free.

Or just host a small dinner party for friends and you'll end up with a starter stash.
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Velox plugs are absolutely, positively THE best handlebar plugs ever made. They've been on every road bike I've ever had.
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Velox plugs are absolutely, positively THE best handlebar plugs ever made. They've been on every road bike I've ever had.
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When I found a local shop that carried them I bought a bunch, filled all my bikes, and kept some spares around.

The shop had no idea they carried them until they asked The Old Guy, who came out of the back and brought me some with a big, knowing smile on his face. He knew the quality part I was seeking. At least I HOPE that's why he was smiling at me so creepily...
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So, replace the screws in the nashbar plugs with polishend or black buttonhead bolts. bk
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When I found a local shop that carried them I bought a bunch, filled all my bikes, and kept some spares around.

The shop had no idea they carried them until they asked The Old Guy, who came out of the back and brought me some with a big, knowing smile on his face. He knew the quality part I was seeking. At least I HOPE that's why he was smiling at me so creepily...
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I usually just use the plastic plugs that come with bar tape, and I've never lost them on any of my bikes.
that said, I've used wine corks on a few bikes, including one of my own, and they work well and look kinda cool, depending on how you want the bike to be perceived

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These are upside down trekking bars, but I cut them off just before the last bend. The inside diameter was way too small for any bar plugs at that point, so I glued in some drawer pulls I bought at Home Depot.

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I'm losing handlebar plugs at a ridiculous rate - "ridiculous" being more often than the tape needs to be replaced.

Nashbar has some expanding plugs that look like they'd do the job. However, I'd prefer then to look a bit nicer.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_175347_-1___

whats your favorite handlebar plug?
Purely Custom. Not quite as good as the Velox but they are dressier
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on my mountain bike I've been know to just put a nickel in the bottom of my grip before I slid it on. I lose plugs all the time and replace them with catch as catch can so now they are all mixed up and miss matched.
The worst is trying to force road plugs in my mountain bars and shaving the plastic plugs down with a x-acto knife.
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Lagavulin bottle caps. I spend more on my bar ends than on most any other part of my bike.
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Old 03-12-09, 11:03 AM   #19
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leave a half inch of bar wrap overlapping at the plug hole, fold it in with the plug and tap it in with a rubber mallet, that's how we do it at our shop, seems to hold up great
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I was going to ask how people lose their bar ends... I do the same thing when I wrap bars on road bikes and on mtb's I just make sure the bar end is the right size.

Bar ends with expansion plugs are the best... they never seem to come off unless you want them to.
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I wish I'd saved some plugs from all the Benotto Cycle Tape sets that I used in the '80s. They slipped over the bar ends and were light, simple, and impossible to dislodge.
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use a little glue.
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velox plugs are the very best.
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I use flashbacks on my roadies. Enough mass to upset the weight weenies and tres cool in the evening. A little electrical tape makes sure everything stays intact.
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usually in that order.

Cbchess thank you for the nickel tip. I didn't know about that. I will use it and say that a guy named cbchess taught it to me.
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