Practicality is not sexy, unless we’re talking about a Pentax Spotmatic. There are lots of bar plugs out there, and we sell five of them. That’s probably four too many, but people like choices, or think they do at least.
Function wise, the best bar plug does three things. One: the bar plug locks into your handlebar, won’t slip out. Two: Keeps you from getting a core sample taken out if you fall on your bar’s end. Three: protects your top tube from getting dented IF your handlebar end lines up with the top tube. Many of our builds do just that, and the Cardiff silicone drop bar plug has the best top tube protection going. These plugs are basically an updated Velox rubber bar plug. A bit lighter, more color options.
For drop bars or bars with drop bar inner dimensions, IE Nitto Albatross, Choco, Billie, Bosco, Losco bars. Not for mountain bars!
Our recommendation, always, is to wrap your bars right to the edge of the bars’ end, and refrain from tucking the bar tape into the bar. The tuck, which serves no purpose, has a tendency to explode the bar tape back out, cause it’s sort of under a spring like tension. That causes you to lose your bar plug, sad day, and it looks bad, like the end of an over boiled hot dog. Secure your tape to your bars with a drop of super glue gel, and cut the tape on a bias before you do that, so you are only gluing a thin sliver of tape to the bars. If you do it right, it will not look like there is a weird bulge of tape where you start the bar wrap.
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