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Old 12-19-13, 02:11 PM
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Copper bar end plugs?

Anyone know of a source for copper (or copper plated) bar end plugs for drop bars? Ideally something that looks vaguely retroesque, but at the very least something aesthetically neutral and not overly branded with modern looking logos.
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Old 12-19-13, 02:14 PM
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I think rootboy has been lathe-turning some very nice brass numbers...maybe he can try some in copper (or bronze).
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...rass+bar+plugs
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Old 12-19-13, 02:31 PM
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Maybe plumbing supply?

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Old 12-19-13, 02:33 PM
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Maybe plumbing supply?


that's kind of cool. what part is it?
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Old 12-19-13, 02:38 PM
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Take a old pair of bar plugs , drill a penny ,countersink use brass screw .Old brass buttons
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Old 12-19-13, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Catnap View Post
that's kind of cool. what part is it?
It's an end plug for a copper water pipe.
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Old 12-19-13, 03:40 PM
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Not sure if this would fit the bill, but Cinelli makes alloy-covered bar end plugs in a range of colors, including an orange that looks rather coppery.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Retro-CINELL...item43c354d36e
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Old 12-19-13, 03:58 PM
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You have probably considered this already, but I'd be wary of using copper in an alu handlebar because the alu might corrode quite quickly because of dissimilar metals.

Of course, if you check frequently and/or give the whole thing a new wrapping regularly, I wouldn't worry too much. Anyway, just a thought.
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Old 12-19-13, 04:17 PM
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Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

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Old 12-19-13, 04:31 PM
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Your point is what, exactly? That there is no problem dissimilar metals going on with attaching copper to alu because brass is an alloy?

Stainless steel is an alloy too, hell most titanium stuff you buy is also an alloy.
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Old 12-19-13, 04:35 PM
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Btw, your brass plugs look very nice, and since they are separated from the bar itself by O-rings, I don't see any problems arising with that set up.
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Old 12-19-13, 04:53 PM
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+1 on the possible dissimilar metals issue, especially if you ride a lot in the wet........ Although if you are careful enough, you can possibly avoid all contact between the two different metals if you carefully wrap the bar end stub completely with it, before inserting them into the aluminum handlebar ends. No contact = no electrolytic corrosion...
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Old 12-19-13, 05:34 PM
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No, my post had nothing to do with the dissimilar metals issue. It was only to illustrate that solid brass ones …which is mostly copper...are available, if so desired. And while I don't have any copper bar stock on hand, I do in brass.
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Old 12-19-13, 06:47 PM
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You would need to take some acetone to the white letters on these, but they could work.
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You could also make some bar-end plugs from spent shotgun casings.
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Old 12-20-13, 08:29 AM
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I contemplated making some out of solid copper…until I priced the bar stock. Yikes. $70 a linear foot.
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Old 12-20-13, 10:07 AM
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Spin 'em from a small disc. Probably way more work than it's worth but might be cheaper than machine solid copper.
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Old 12-20-13, 12:45 PM
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And how does one hold this small disc in the lathe chuck?
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And how does one hold this small disc in the lathe chuck?
Probably braze or solder a short piece of rod to the center of it.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
You could also make some bar-end plugs from spent shotgun casings.
Considering that I commute down Winchester Boulevard, I may just go that route ultimately.
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Old 12-20-13, 03:35 PM
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Have you check into Purely Custom?

http://www.purelycustom.com/p-56-dom...-1-bar-id.aspx

I have no idea if the copper one actually looks like copper or anodized.
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steel is really easy to copper plate. spring steel end plugs are cheap and (maybe too) common.
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You would need to take some acetone to the white letters on these, but they could work.
Man, those would look pretty nice, once you remove the logo. I might have to get a pair of those if I ever decide to follow the cloth tape / shellac / twine trend. (I'm always about 10-15 years behind on trends).
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
You could also make some bar-end plugs from spent shotgun casings.
+1, 12 gauge are the right size.
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