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What's your favorite handlebar tape plug?

Old 07-19-07, 04:35 AM
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What's your favorite handlebar tape plug?

I just figured we needed a Sister Thread to the 'What's your favorite water bottle cage' thread.

I prefer the little silver plastic ones with the tightening screw because they are needlessly complex. The picture shows a metal version, but you get the idea:



And these are quite tasteful as well:

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Originally Posted by Dr_Robert
Zipp Schmipp. This is the most impressive technology I have ever seen in all of cycling.
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Carbon, just 3g and an excellent value at just $36

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your kidding. right?
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Bittersweet and I have theses on our PedalForce bikes:



But I like those cheap plastic ones that come with your bar tape as long as they are black. I think I have a lifetime supply of those in a drawer somewhere.
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Originally Posted by Mouserue

+1

a wine bottle cork fits PERFECTLY
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[QUOTE=WheresWaldo;4884128]Bittersweet and I have theses on our PedalForce bikes:



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Man, I bought some Stella Azzura bar tape and it came with these. I proudly popped them in, threw the bike on the rack to drive it to a ride, got there and one of them was missing!

Does anybody have just one they're looking to get rid of? I could go $90 (save having to buy a whole set.)

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The plastic ones seem too brittle. I've been using the same old metal slip in ones that have been on my Bianchi since I got it. hold the tape well, never come out, and are actually metal (can be polished if scratched)
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Why do we need to plug the end of our bars...

Mine fall out all the time...

Is it to look good...

Keep debris and water out...

I leave enough tape at the start so I do not need them to keep my tape from unraveling...

Why not go without bar plugs...

It would be the lightest options...
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Why do we need to plug the end of our bars...
To keep the bar end from creating a nice hole in your gut should you fall on it?
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
To keep the bar end from creating a nice hole in your gut should you fall on it?
Or as I like to call it... "a core sample."

My favorite are the Velox plugs, Not especially light, so I make sure I carry 2.7 Tablespoons less water on each ride. Whenever I think of it, I get the urge to put a nicer looking bolt in there that's hex keyed instead of the straight slot one they come with. But then I remember it doesn't matter.


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MTB plugs. They just stay in better than the crappy ones that come with the bar tape.
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I have these in blue
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+1 for the velox. I have them on all my bikes.
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Originally Posted by Mouserue
What is the weight on these? The Long fibre reinforced cellulose foam construction seems like a little bit of overkill but im kind of a tech weenie anyway.
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...The ones that come with the tape.
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This site seems to have lots of cool logo ones:
https://www.barplugs4u.com/page/page/1027689.htm

Then there are those super-expensive Bontrager Buzz-kills...
https://www.bontrager.com/Road/Parts_...ories/5882.php

and all those CF ones that are out there from Zipp and others.

I just use cheap plastic ones that are chrome colored....
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I liked my Zipps but unfortunately lost one of them. Now I'm just using whatever I have lying around.
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Originally Posted by Mouserue
Those are fredtastic!
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Does anyone find threads like this just a bit lame?
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I use these:



~$10. They are super bright and you never get caught without blinkies.
 
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If you have the means, I highly suggest picking up these.
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