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bar end plugs necessary?

The right bar end plug has fallen out of my road bike 3 times now. Once I replaced it. Once, I noticed it and retrieved it. Now, my question is, should I bother replacing it again? Does it really do anything worthwhile? Or just for the aesthetics?
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Replace it. Otherwise you're looking at taking a core sample out of your leg if you manage to crash right.
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yes, they keep you from taking core samples of your quads if you crash.

Replace it. try to find some velox plugs. or just jam a wine cork in there.
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Find a shop that has a stock of VELOX plugs. They are an expanding plug made of rubber. Pop them in, tighten the screw, and you will never lose them.
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Originally Posted by recursive
The right bar end plug has fallen out of my road bike 3 times now. Once I replaced it. Once, I noticed it and retrieved it. Now, my question is, should I bother replacing it again? Does it really do anything worthwhile? Or just for the aesthetics?
Very necessary, you don't want bugs or creepers of sorts getting in there.

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Thanks for the info. Will these work just as well do you think?

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or just take a cork from your favorite bottle of bordeaux and pound it in.
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Another trick is to wrap a couple of layers of electrical tape to create more interference in order for it to fit tighter. I actually used an old section of innertube to keep my barplug lights from falling out.
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Those will work fine.
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Replace it or risk losing your stash.

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or you could be a total dork (like myself) and get some of those "custom" plugs heh.
pardon the bad photo.
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Originally Posted by khuon
Another trick is to wrap a couple of layers of electrical tape to create more interference in order for it to fit tighter. I actually used an old section of innertube to keep my barplug lights from falling out.
bonkers! what kind of batteries do those things take? those might be handy for when i get caught out after dark without other lights.
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Originally Posted by powers2b
Replace it or risk losing your stash.

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Bingo. Plus the coring out of your leg on a crash sucks too ...
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Ok, stash must mean something other than what I know of. When I go biking, I don't take the stash. (that I know of??)
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Originally Posted by recursive
The right bar end plug has fallen out of my road bike 3 times now. Once I replaced it. Once, I noticed it and retrieved it. Now, my question is, should I bother replacing it again? Does it really do anything worthwhile? Or just for the aesthetics?
Another use for a wrap of duct tape.
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Originally Posted by recursive
Ok, stash must mean something other than what I know of. When I go biking, I don't take the stash. (that I know of??)
I think those guys are potheads.
No offense if you aren't.
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Originally Posted by recursive
bonkers! what kind of batteries do those things take? those might be handy for when i get caught out after dark without other lights.
They take little button batteries. They're the same kind most laser pointers take... A76 (aka LR44). Each light takes two batteries. You can buy a pack of 10 for about $5.

Addendum: You can get 50 of them for about $8 (tack on $5 for S&H though) if you so wish.
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Man, I lost my bar plugs at least a year ago, never even thought to replace them. The thought of a core sample from my quad is enough of an image to have me replacing them tonight though. I am redoing my bar tape and some new plugs came with the tape, I will be sure to put them in. Of course, going by the Murphys Law thread, I will crash, but not remove a core sample, as soon as I replace my bar plugs.
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A little bit of silicone sealant on the tapered part of the plug will help hold them in.
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Originally Posted by larue
I think those guys are potheads.
No offense if you aren't.
Ok, pothead must mean something other than what I know of. I'm not a pothead. (that I know of??)

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Originally Posted by powers2b
Ok, pothead must mean something other than what I know of. I'm not a pothead. (that I know of??)

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Hehehe, I said that because the only people I ever hear use the word stash these day's are potheads.
I did say no offense was meant if I was wrong. Stash can definitely stand for anything, such as stashing your bus fare....
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Core sample from leg? Try taking off the top of your finger when you are only 6 years old. That happened to me in the deserts of New Mexico. I had a cheapy bike and the plugs were no longer on the bars and I fell sideways and landed with my handlebar tube on top of my finger. Or what I used to call the top of my finger.


Yah so I'm glad that happened when I was young cuz it grew back.
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I'm having trouble finding pics from behind Lance, but I remember seeing the velox rubber plugs in his bike in the 2003 Tour, right after he crashed into that woman and Mayo crashed into him.

I was surprised that he added the weight, but I suspect that the never-fail quality is worth the slight weight penalty, especially because his bike was often under UCI weight.

Oh, and to answer the question, yes they are necessary. I've seen the carnage first hand.
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a little extra stip from bar tap.
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