“Cyclist must have end plugs on their bike” ????

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  • #12125
    Avatar of pelicanruck
    pelicanruck
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    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.

    #115059
    Avatar of brittda
    brittda
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    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.

    #115060
    Avatar of go gate 2006
    go gate 2006
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    Yeah, it’s a safety issue. They don’t want you to accidently take a core sample of yourself or others in the event of a crash.

    #115061
    Avatar of beads1985
    beads1985
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    Human swiss cheese ;-O

    #115062
    Avatar of TriSooner
    TriSooner
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    Bigger races sell them on-site at the expo. Your lbs should have them for about $.37.

    #115065
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    jnrice
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    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.

    #115067
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    brittda
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    jnrice wrote:
    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.

    #115069
    Avatar of trigirltina2
    trigirltina2
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    You really don’t want to crash and have your bar go into your body, beccause you didn’t have a bar end plug.

    Most races do check for bar end plugs! Rules are meant for a reason-someone died.

    #115076
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    jtrimom
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    don’t bikes come with them? mine did

    #115078
    Avatar of trigirltina2
    trigirltina2
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    Yes. Over time though they can come off the bike. Just a standard check to see that they are there prior to race. coach has a preety gross and sad story about not having them.

    #115092
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    Toothless
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    They come with handle bar tape and grips.

    #115098
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    Carlos Mx
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    I thought handlebars had them for estethic reasons only. Isn’t that the reason for handlebar tape, and maybe race wheels too?

    #115102
    Avatar of Triguy98
    Triguy98
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    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.

    #115103
    Avatar of jhudalla
    jhudalla
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    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.

    #115104
    Avatar of pelicanruck
    pelicanruck
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    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..

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