Introduction: Cork Bike Handle Plugs

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Ever had to deal with the hassle of an open ended bike handle? Well no more! With this quick trick, you can finally plug those handles before dirt plugs them for you! In this quick guide, we will be making stylish cork plugs that should fit most bikes.

Step 1: Clean the Inside of the Handles

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Before you start, make sure that the inside of your handlebars are clean to avoid trapping stuff in them! You can use a hose to get most of the current grunge out.

Step 2: Cut the Cork

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Next, cut off the end of the cork to get a flat end (Keep the end, you'll need it later). Then, cut around it to make a rough point. This will allow you to easily fit the cork into your handlebars. Don't cut too much off or your cork might become too small!

Step 3: Fill the Handlebars

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Try to get a snug fit for your cork in your handlebars. You might need to shave more off your cork in order to make it fit, but be careful to too shave off too much! As seen in the second picture, you can get a pretty snug fit.

Step 4: Glue the End Back

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Here you can take the end you originally cut off and glue it onto the end of the handle. The glue is going to hold the end on in order to get the best results for the next step.

Step 5: Finish It Up

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Using any screw shorter than the cork, screw the end into the secured cork. This will keep the cork from falling off. That's all there is to it! An easy fix that doesn't look half bad!


JayD55 (author)2016-06-16

Very nice! An additional unintended benefit of adding the screw is that it should help tighten the inside cork a bit too, by pushing the material outwards from the center. I wrap my handlebars and secure the end of the tap inside the handlebar holes, so I'm trying to figure out a way to make this but have it removable for when I replace the tape once a year or so.

russ_hensel (author)2016-06-15

I have found it is difficult to cut cork. This gives a way that I think woks much better:

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