Perhaps most rookie question ever. First tri next weekend. Riding an old mountain bike. My race packet says “bike must have end plugs or will be disqualified.” What are end plugs. Googled them, sure enough they look like plugs. But no pics of where they go. Im assuming they go in the ends of the handlebars, but dont want my assumption to keep me from racing.. feel free to publicly ridicule me after you answer.. on a side note, if im correct, why would that be so important you would be dq.
They go on the end of your handlebars just like you think . With out them it can be considered dangerous with potential exposed metal for both you and someone you may come in contact with.
No worries…I did not know what they were at first either.
Or just drink a bottle of wine the night before, cut the cork in half and use those, that or duct tape. I’ve never seen any check but it’s a good idea even if they aren’t checking.
OHHH the last HIM I did they checked and dq’d people before the start until you showed an official you had them on. They walked around the racks and wrote numbers down, then called them off over the loud speaker. Best to have them.
If youve got a moutnain bike, and your bike has grips on it (which it should) if the end of those grips are solid and cover the bar, you are ok. If you can stick your finger into the bar, go get some end plugs, or new grips.
My brother crashed on his bike without bar end, and for some reason or other he ended up getting the bar in his butt-cheek, EXACTLY as said above, it took a ‘core’ – type gouge out of his butt. It was a shock to see how yellow fat was, aside from the injury itself.
So if you don’t have ‘m; for your sake, for your butt’s sake. Get the end plugs.
Cool,, dont have them,, but I get the jist.. My bike has ends so the grips dont cover the end of the bars… What a nice thought though. Core sample… Ha.. Just the thought makes me queasy. Thanks everyone..