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SaveMyBar, 10€ CloseTheGap bar plugs protected Tour winner’s carbon handlebars

SaveMyBar, 10€ CloseTheGap bar plugs protected Tour winner’s carbon handlebars

CloseTheGap’s new SaveMyBar road handlebar end plugs are like a low-cost insurance policy protecting your carbon bars in the event of a small scrape. They…

Monday, Aug 08

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CloseTheGap’s new SaveMyBar road handlebar end plugs are like a low-cost insurance policy protecting your carbon bars in the event of a small scrape. They aren’t quite magical protection against all crash damage, but they proved themselves effective as protective scuff guards for the entire Team Jumbo-Visma squad of ’22 Tour winner Jonas Vingegaard in several falls and peloton pile-ups during this year’s Grand Tour.

And now, they can guard your bars too, for just 10€… CloseTheGap SaveMyBar low-cost protective bar plugs

c. Cervélo I’m admittedly a sucker for simple, low-cost innovations . Sure, fancy new bikes are cool and all… like Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard’s subtly reshaped Jumbo-Visma yellow custom Cervélo S5 … but that thing sells for 13,000€! That’s nowhere near most of our road bike budgets.

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But we were a bit curious when we spotted Vingegaard’s yellow bar plugs , and his teammates’ black plugs.

They cost just 10€ and serve a cool purpose.

Developed by CloseTheGap to “solve a specific request from the team mechanics”, the SaveMyBar plugs protect against “filing-down of carbon handlebars during racing crashes”. They specifically don’t try to prevent real handlebar crush or cracking crash damage (even a simply scraped bar should be inspected by an expert for real damage, before you think about re-wrapping new bartape anyway). But these scuff guards put plastic between carbon & asphalt so they get ground down the next time your bar meets the ground.That’s especially helpful on this Cervélo’s two-piece […]

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