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is that a cork ?

 

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Yes, it's a cork. No, handlebars are not being used as a flask nowadays.
 

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seal the middle for vodka on one side and orange juice from the other.
 

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I lost a bar end plug, so replaced it with a wine cork that has a plastic top, the same dia as the bar tape.

It looked awesome, so I replaced the other plug too.

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why not route the cable on the other side of the head tube?
 

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Cork is great stuff to use as a plug. It crushes to seal in the hole, doesn't retain moisture, doesn't break down over many years of use, and is lighter than plastic.

When bikes were steel and susceptible to rust, riders normally stuffed a wine bottle cork into the steering tube to keep water from splashing into the steering tube and leaking onto the headset bearings or rusting out the stem wedge bolts that would then freeze in the head tube.
 

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Champagne corks have long been used for bar plugs by those with a refined sense of style.
 

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There's this, for the less snooty

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Kinda brings new meaning to "bar plugs"
Hey man, cool.

How do they stay on?

Notice they're also off of boutique beers, so not sure how proletariat they are. Now Pabst, Miller, Bud Light, or Lone Star, those are working mans' beers. I get lots of nods riding in a Schlitz jersey. I don't think you can get Schlitz anymore outside Milwaukee!
 

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