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Securing bar tape plugs?

Old 02-27-16, 12:04 PM
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Securing bar tape plugs?

Does anybody else have trouble with the bar ends getting knocked out...I'm always pushing mine back in after knocking them halfway out when I lean the bike against a building, or even just holding the drops the wrong way seems like it squeezes them out.

Any tips?
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Old 02-27-16, 12:21 PM
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I've got bar ends with an Allen bolt in them that expands the inside of the bar end to prevent just such an occurrence from happening.

Found a link, not the exact ones but you get the idea.

Hope Grip Doctor Plugs > Components > Grips & Tape > Bar Plugs | Jenson USA
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Old 02-27-16, 12:37 PM
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I might try those hope plugs (or similar ones)

I've knocked several plastic ones out. I tried the rubber Velox plugs, and like them, but the screws will spin at times, and I've also lost a few of them too.
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Old 02-27-16, 01:16 PM
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I have Hope Bar Doctors, they're great, and even better, come in blue.

I did buy some Ritchey Cork tape recently, and the bar end plugs come with a screw in fixing mechanism, somewhat similar to the Bar Doctors. Haven't had a chance to try it, as my current bar tape is hold up well.
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Plugs that come with bar tape always get knocked out.

I have a pair of chrome metal ones and a couple of pairs of plastic Cateyes:

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I've knocked several plastic ones out. I tried the rubber Velox plugs, and like them, but the screws will spin at times, and I've also lost a few of them too.
If they spin on you, try taking them back out, then tightening them a little more by holding the nut with your fingers. If it's tight enough you have to kinda pound it into the bend of the bar, the nut will usually hold for ya.
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Old 02-27-16, 02:28 PM
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I've been using black RTV silicone, but like the idea of those Hope plugs.
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Are you guys not tucking the starting edge of the tape inside the end of the bars?

I've never had any kind of plug fall out.
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couple ideas that have worked for me:

1. a small extra strip of bar tape crammed in around the plug to make it tighter
2. shoe goo
3. both at the same time
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Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
Are you guys not tucking the starting edge of the tape inside the end of the bars?

I've never had any kind of plug fall out.
Even when stuffing, included bar plugs usually come out. (note: I do crash a bit)
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Old 02-27-16, 03:14 PM
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Agree the crappy ones that come with bar tape are likely to pop off easily, and it is worth it to buy a pair with an expander plug if this is an issue.
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Old 02-27-16, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
Are you guys not tucking the starting edge of the tape inside the end of the bars?

I've never had any kind of plug fall out.
Right, if the starting end of the tape is in the bar end, the plug will be verrrry tight. Never come out.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Right, if the starting end of the tape is in the bar end, the plug will be verrrry tight. Never come out.
Except when it does. Depends on the plug of course. Cinelli ones are useless IMHO.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
Except when it does. Depends on the plug of course. Cinelli ones are useless IMHO.
Yup, great tape. Lousy plugs.
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Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
Are you guys not tucking the starting edge of the tape inside the end of the bars?

I've never had any kind of plug fall out.
Me neither. Never fall out.

On the contrary, if enough tape is left covering the end of the bar it is a PITA to get the plug in, and even more so to get it out when the tape needs to be changed.

I use Deda cork tape on my road bike. It is pretty thick but even the 2mm Fizik superlight tape doesn't give me a problem.
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Sometimes plugs will not be tight and easily knocked out even when the tape is tucked in the end. Frankly, there would be no hope of a press-fit plug staying in otherwise, as the bar ID is too large, so questioning that seems quite odd.

Not all press fit plugs are equal, nor are all bar inner diameters, nor is the amount of tape tucked in the bar, nor is all bar tape the same thickness. Clearly there are variables.

The ultimate solution, as mentioned, are expander plugs.
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I wrap electrical tape around the plug until it's so tight inside the bar that I have to hammer it in with a fist.

I use 3mm Fizik tape, putting some inside the bar isn't practical.
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Originally Posted by C9H13N View Post
I wrap electrical tape around the plug until it's so tight inside the bar that I have to hammer it in with a fist.

I use 3mm Fizik tape, putting some inside the bar isn't practical.
^This. When wrapping the inside part of the plugs with electrical tape, I've never had one come out except once when I crashed heavily at high speed. It's a pain to push thick bar tape into the bar with the plug, and it's cleaner and more uniform when you don't. I will have overlapping tape Inc the bar when I use thinner tape though.
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Originally Posted by C9H13N View Post

I use 3mm Fizik tape, putting some inside the bar isn't practical.
Dunno what you mean exactly; I use Lizardskins DSP 3.2 and secure the end inside the bar.
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Old 02-28-16, 10:23 AM
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This is what I do and works perfectly. I take a short piece of electrical tape and go over the plug into the bar end. I then dress it with colored electrical tape to match the bikes paint job. I finish the tape end at the stem the same way.

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The expander plugs are obviously great, but I have had really good luck with plain old Bontrager plugs. I run Lizard Skin tape, and the plugs that come with it are horrible. I have yet to have a Bontrager plug come out. Of course, I realize that having a "b" on the bar ends won't sit well with the snobs, but they do work well.
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Any tips?
make the fit pretty tight , bang them in with a rubber mallet.
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