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ARG! Bar End Caps!(20 posts)

ARG! Bar End Caps!Kristin
Feb 21, 2003 8:38 AM
Please someone tell me how to keep these damn things on the bike? Or should I just forgo them all together and tape the ends real good with electrical tape? I do need them covered with something--sometimes I knee the ends when I stand.
re: ARG! Bar End Caps!Spunout
Feb 21, 2003 8:42 AM
Make sure you keep an extra turn of bar tape so that you can tuck it into the bar. That way, the end cap fits alot more snugly. I use a rubber mallet to tap mine in, they never come out.
That's exactly how I had it. They still came out.Kristin
Feb 21, 2003 8:49 AM
But my bar tape is thick cork so I bet the tape is a bit too thick for the caps.
What I do...Cima Coppi
Feb 21, 2003 8:44 AM
Wrap the end caps with a couple of layers of electrical tape. Then stuff them back in, and they'll stay in place.

re: ARG! Bar End Caps!wasabekid
Feb 21, 2003 8:44 AM
A (small) dab of superglue on opposite side of the cap to adhere with the bar tape inside the tube.

Hope it works for you,

re: ARG! Bar End Caps!cyclopathic
Feb 21, 2003 8:47 AM
SOme plugs are better then others. I usually tape 1/2-3/4" over the edge, push bartape in and put plug if I have this problem. if it won't work for whateve reason put plug in and secure with electrical tape. I would advise against electrical tape only you may end up with what Doug posted below.
Good old Velox!Spoke Wrench
Feb 21, 2003 8:48 AM
Velox makes handlebar end caps that expand internally and stay in place. I'd even send you a FREE set if you'd email me your address.
Free stuff! Now you're talking!Kristin
Feb 21, 2003 9:21 AM
Do you for see any problems with them working with some thick bar tape tucked inside the ends? Email is on its way.
Electrical tape or...DINOSAUR
Feb 21, 2003 8:52 AM
Two methods are to leave a couple mm's of handlebar tape sticking out past the end of your bars and tuck them in when installing end caps. Or-just slap a couple of layers of electrical tape around the caps until they fit nice and tight. I use the second method-if you use too much or too little electrical tape you can adjust. They also have bar end caps that can be tightened by the use of a screw. Whichever way you go- you definitely want to use end caps. I crashed once and if it wasn't for end caps my bars would have penetrated my old dinosaur body...
Tried CatEye Model-330 screw-in caps?BlackFibre
Feb 21, 2003 11:21 AM
They are a chrome-plated plastic cap that utilizes a wedge akin to a handlebar mirror. I have never had one fall out, but one should recheck their wedge screws periodially.
No problems..MR_GRUMPY
Feb 21, 2003 11:26 AM
I use Cinelli cork tape and leave about a 1/2" beyond the end of the bars. Just fold the 1/2" into the bar and then insert the plug. I have to push the plugs in with the palm of my hand, but they stay put all year.
Wine bottle corks(nm)Ligon
Feb 21, 2003 11:27 AM
My Cinelli ones never stayed inlonefrontranger
Feb 21, 2003 11:38 AM
I'm either too elitist or too lazy to glue / tape or otherwise them as some have mentioned. The damn things should work as advertised, IMO. The Cinelli cap edge is a bit too sharp and easy to catch on things, so they seem to pop out no matter what.

My solution was to switch to all Colnago end plugs. Even my old Trek fixie wears 'em. The shop I worked for had a bunch lying around loose in the spare parts bins and I confiscated a lifetime supply. They fit tighter and sit flush with the end of the bar rather than being rounded over. Solved that problem.
I remember ones having expansion screws, to tighten. Anymore? nmSpunout
Feb 21, 2003 12:18 PM
Feb 21, 2003 1:47 PM
Velox Handlebar Plugs Black: $4.95/pair.

Discontinued Velox plugs: Red, Blue $11.95/pair--quantities limited.

Velox Handlebar Plugs
The best way NOT to reinsert them while ridinglaffeaux
Feb 21, 2003 12:55 PM
How many people (besides me), have seen an end cap starting to come out, and while riding, briskly struck the end of the bar with the heel of your hand?

It's a good way to send the bike carrening out of control - luckily I did not hit anything.
not only have I done thatlonefrontranger
Feb 21, 2003 2:35 PM
I've tried it (or thought about trying it) more than once after the initial lesson, you would think I'd learn. It's one of those knee-jerk instinctual moves, like dogs chasing skunks. No matter how much negative reinforcement is applied one still can't resist. Or maybe I'm just too blonde for my own good, who knows?

Hence switching to the Colnago caps. Sure they're tacky on my non-'nags, but the benefits far outweigh the fashion risk :)
Feb 21, 2003 6:02 PM
re: ARG! Bar End Caps!sievers11
Feb 21, 2003 2:02 PM
Don't use doesn't do the job. The end caps are to protect you from cookie cutting yourself in an acident.

Ask around i use a nice metal plug, my shop carries them. The metal is way more resistant then the plastic crap. I am sure they weight a little more but who cares. I have used the same caps through 4 wrap jobs.

The worst part of your problem is you are letting a little detail effect your whole vision of your bike...get the metal and move on.
re: ARG! Bar End Caps!Ironbutt
Feb 21, 2003 5:26 PM

Forget about those wretched excuses for end caps that come with the bar tape of every variety. Instead, go to a good hardware store or plumbing supply store and acquire the appropriate size of polished stainless steel hole plug. These are the plugs that go in a stainless steel sink if you do not have the accessory that the hole is there for, like a hot water dispensor or a soap dispensor. The stainless hole plug is equipped with numerous little spring tabs which will hold it firmly inside the bars, and the diameter of the plug is just right to make a smooth transition to the diameter of the wrapped bar. I have been using this method on all of my bikes for the past 25 years, and have never had one of them come out unless I removed it.