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Old 10-22-13, 10:45 AM
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Interesting point on size, Jim. So, since I know nothing of handlebar inside diameters other that what I find on my very small collection of bikes....what IS the ID of bars? Of course, I know some are smaller than others. Hence, the expandable plug idea, like Velox rubber, and others, works well on various bars.

Anyone care to post the inside diameter of certain bars?

Or, is that fodder for another thread?
Or, is that just too ridiculous to be worthy of it's own thread?
Or, do I need to get out more????

D) All of the above?
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Old 10-22-13, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by surreal View Post
Ha. There's really no other word for it. My favorite aspect is that they've created different "classes" of bike larpists, just like the regular role-play enthusiasts do.
At the risk of exposing myself as uninformed/uncool/uncouth; What is a Larpists?
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Originally Posted by spacemanz View Post
Pardon the intrusion, but with 2 (two) water bottles mounted where they are, he'd better have fenders. Hammered or sober.


The color of what's IN those 3 bottles looks suspicious to me.
It's either:

A) Single Malt
B) Tea
C) Eeeewwww....
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Originally Posted by bici_mania View Post
At the risk of exposing myself as uninformed/uncool/uncouth; What is a Larpists?
Live Action Role Player (the guys who dress up and pretend to be things in a GAME with rules)

The other thing we're talking about is cosplay, who also dress up and pretend to be things.. sometimes with rules, but not typically a game or it becomes LARP.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
Look it up. I did.
Had never heard of it.
But then, I'm an out-of-touch old fart.
LoL I know people in there 60's who play.. and I'd speculate they're more out of touch with reality than you.
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Old 10-22-13, 10:57 AM
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Wine corks



PDW Bamboo/Cork plugs



https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/cockpit/bamboocork-plugs
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
LoL I'm huge fan of Jackie Gleason.. but being called Buford T Justice kinda bugs me and Rando is awesome, but it's still cosplay
Heh, I had "The Big Lebowski" in mind -- were they referencing Jackie Gleason in that part?
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
LoL I know people in there 60's who play.. and I'd speculate they're more out of touch with reality than you.
I don't know. You might be surprised. Haven't had a TV in 15 years. I am WAY out of touch....with "reality"
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Heh, I had "The Big Lebowski" in mind -- were they referencing Jackie Gleason in that part?
Smokey just always makes me think of Smokey and the Bandit, totally skipped your actual reference in my mind even though it's another movie I love.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
I don't know. You might be surprised. Haven't had a TV in 15 years. I am WAY out of touch....with "reality"
You haven't missed much....... especially with cable where everyone wants to be some sort of political pundit.....
And those "reality" shows.........where everything is really just scripted.....
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
Anyone care to post the inside diameter of certain bars?
I just measured a nice SR somethingorother to be
23.8mm outer
25.4mm clamp (as expected)
19.6mm inner

But I still don't know how to account for bar tape pushed inside the end of the bar. Maybe it's supposed to be none. You folks are more fastidious about bar wrapping than I am. In the old days you wrapped stem to end and stuffed whatever was leftover into the end.
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try using beer bottle/glass soda bottle caps. they're super durable and they look cool too!
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
I just measured a nice SR somethingorother to be
23.8mm outer
25.4mm clamp (as expected)
19.6mm inner

But I still don't know how to account for bar tape pushed inside the end of the bar. Maybe it's supposed to be none. You folks are more fastidious about bar wrapping than I am. In the old days you wrapped stem to end and stuffed whatever was leftover into the end.
Thanks Jim. I always did that back in the 70's too. Wrap top down and stuff. It never looked all that great though, unless you snip wedges out of the stuffed part to make it sit well and look OK.

Now I don't stuff. I start right at the end to butt up against the plug, and finish the top with sealed thread or something.
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Originally Posted by bici_mania View Post
Hey can I pick your brain a second? I just got a set of the bamboo/cork plugs and the two materials are in two separate sections.. was yours like this to and did you just glue them together beforehand?
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
Hey can I pick your brain a second? I just got a set of the bamboo/cork plugs and the two materials are in two separate sections.. was yours like this to and did you just glue them together beforehand?
Nope. It sounds like they need to send you some replacements or give you a refund. When installing mine I accidentally let the tension slip as I was shoving them in there but when I tried to pull them out it immediately became evident that they were not coming out intact, that is why I added the hemp twine.

The next time I wrap my handlebars I will use wine corks or Velox plugs.
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I'll be sure to post them when I get them done, Surreal.
Brainstorming now how to 1) get them to stay in, and
2) keep the weight short of boat anchor.

RB, a DIY fashioned sompression plug seems the easiest approach, essentially copying the Velox mechanism. Sourced a rubber bushing just shy of the I.D. of the bars. Run a bolt (a slotted brass one, perhaps?) through the brass plug and the bushing. Nut and washer on the bushing end. As you tighten the bolt, the bushing squishes out radially.
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Originally Posted by fixied_gear_max View Post
try using beer bottle/glass soda bottle caps. they're super durable and they look cool too!

very cool - I hadn't seen this idea before. the execution looks great.

on a side note, we just had a champagne breakfast at my office and i discreetly gathered up all the corks... now I have several bikes' worth of C&V approved bar ends
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^Yeah pretty cool.

I have a pair of Velox from eBay that I use. Kind of want the Grand Bois ones from Compass cycles.
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Cateye- my favorite are the shiny faux chrome

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Originally Posted by fixied_gear_max View Post
try using beer bottle/glass soda bottle caps. they're super durable and they look cool too!
Maybe I'll have to talk nice to my cousin with the stash of high end bottle caps.. never thought of that. Very cool!
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I like the expander type best. They are the most durable and reliable.
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Velox (my fave)
Cork - always looks good

bar-end shifters of course

I've used the PDW bamboo/cork plugs. They're crap IMO all looks, and fall apart easily
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
Interesting point on size, Jim. So, since I know nothing of handlebar inside diameters other that what I find on my very small collection of bikes....what IS the ID of bars? Of course, I know some are smaller than others. Hence, the expandable plug idea, like Velox rubber, and others, works well on various bars.

Anyone care to post the inside diameter of certain bars?

Or, is that fodder for another thread?
Or, is that just too ridiculous to be worthy of it's own thread?
Or, do I need to get out more????

D) All of the above?
I would like to know as well. Regarding the Velox rubber ends, they're too big for some bars. My 50's Steyr drop bars with cork wrap, takes a 3/4" plug. I gave up and decided on 3/4" corks from a hardware store. Cost 49 cents. I trimmed the end near flush, leaving nothing to get bumped off. The taper cork holds the wrap perfectly fine. Nothing fancy but if you catch vintage bike racing vid's, a close up will show just plain corks.

I suppose one could add vintage stick pin back through the cork. Fleabay has cheap Cinelli, Semperit tire, or whatever one likes.

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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
RB, a DIY fashioned sompression plug seems the easiest approach, essentially copying the Velox mechanism. Sourced a rubber bushing just shy of the I.D. of the bars. Run a bolt (a slotted brass one, perhaps?) through the brass plug and the bushing. Nut and washer on the bushing end. As you tighten the bolt, the bushing squishes out radially.
I've been looking online for 19mm OD soft rubber bushings, but to no avail. Is that, like, a regular hardware store item? I think I'm going to try my hand at this nonsense.
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I've been looking online for 19mm OD soft rubber bushings, but to no avail. Is that, like, a regular hardware store item? I think I'm going to try my hand at this nonsense.
And to think you once told me you didn't fit in around C&V.
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