Handlebar V-Cufflinks (Bar plugs)

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Details are what separate the Velominatus from the Cyclist; we don’t just pay attention to them – we devour them. Our bicycles are carefully curated with every part sourced to meet our personal specifications, requirements, or whim.

And just as fine cufflinks round out a finely tailored suit, the Velominati V-Cog bar plugs dubbed the Handlebar V-Cufflinks round out the details of your beloved machine and subtlety state your place among the Order.

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Specifications:

Made from high-quality, durable plastic

Designed to be reused when re-wrapping bars; guaranteed not to break during normal use

Additional Photos:

  1. Announcing the Handlebar V-Cufflinks! All shipments will go out the day they are ordered between now and Christmas…Cheers.

  2. total sex. will these fit in MTB bars?

  3. @RedRanger

    I’d advise against it. They rely on having tape folded into the bar end to grip internally.

    Even if the diameter seems almost right, you definitely don’t want them rattling out, otherwise you have the potential of obtaining a pretty awesome core sample of your thorax/quad.

  4. @frank

    Awesome @Frank. For the record, who did the prototype again?

  5. Awesome stuff!

  6. @mouse

    @frank

    Awesome @Frank. For the record, who did the prototype again?

    @sthilzy not only did the prototype, but wound up buying an injection molding machine and manufacturing the whole thing soup to nuts. Amazing dedication and awesomeness. Its been a total kick going through the process with him step by step as we’ve been working out the details. We’ll have to get him to write up his experience and photos of the process. All very cool stuff.

  7. Awesome, although I have to admit I had a moment of slight disappointment when I realised they weren’t actually cufflinks.

    Some V-links would be super awesome, to go with my Camagnolo Record chain cuffinks.

    http://www.shinycufflinks.co.uk/index.php/categories/sports/campag-record-detail

  8. Very nice!

  9. @mouse

    …otherwise you have the potential of obtaining a pretty awesome core sample of your thorax/quad.

    Exactly how are you riding an MTB to make this a risk?

  10. @RedRanger

    total sex. will these fit in MTB bars?

    MTB bars use different diameters than road. No road plugs fit in an mtb bar. Plus the brittler plastic of road plugs won’t withstand crashes as well as a more compliant mtb plug.

    But for your road bike, these FUCKIN ROCK!

  11. Beautiful

  12. Probably gonna have to drive up to Seattle tomorrow and pry the ones out of the Soloist. Unless he has them lying around in his house. I’m impatient like that.

    Nicely done boys!

  13. Wow. ^^That’s more annoying than funny^^

  14. @G’rilla

    Shit happens. I once cracked a rib by crashing awkwardly just riding singletrack. Long story short, my front wheel jammed on an obstacle while I was turning and unbalanced. It flipped the wheel sideways and me over the bars, well not quite.  I fell onto the bar end ( with the other end of the bar firmly planted in the dirt) that caught me just below the sternum.  I can confirm that it hurt very much.  Breathing for the next week or so was very painful.

    Also, just recently I saw that a BMX rider in Melbourne managed to puncture a lung by crashing.  The odd thing was that he managed to do it without puncturing the skin.  The bar somehow went between his ribs with enough force to do the damage.

    Bar ends, people.  Don’t fuck around.

  15. Ohhhhhhhhhh,    Niiiiiiicccceee  ….   ordering a set of Zwartes for the SST in the next coupla days …….

    Keen..

  16. I’m gonna shove my V-cufflinks in my eye sockets so people know I’ve got that 1000 yard V-stare.

  17. Now I’m going to spend the next three weeks deciding whether to get black or white.  What an agonizing decision!

  18. @The Oracle

    Now I’m going to spend the next three weeks deciding whether to get black or white. What an agonizing decision!

    Get both.

  19. Here’s what witte on white looks like.

  20. Ah, Marko, that view is making me dizzy!

    But, thanks for sharing it. Those look sharp as! Just when I thought my bikes were awesome enough, they can now be upgraded to a higher power of awesome.

  21. And since we’re on it…Marko, do you tuck the tape in the bar end a bit or do you trim a small piece off? Can’t quite tell. I’ve done both, but the trimming can be nice, as they instruct on the Park Tool site.

    Is one preferred for a Follower? Though we’ve discussed bar wrapping at length, I think I missed this somehow!

  22. I have the black ones, and they look awesome. I’ll try and remember and post a picture of them.

  23. @Ron

    Bar tape begins at the end of the bars so no tucking or trimming needed.You trim the bar tape on top of your bars and finish it with preferred vinyl tape.See the thread I linked below for more.It is connected to this one anyway as it shows first prototype of bar end plugs by sthilzy. Bar tape is on page 4.

    http://www.velominati.com/general/keepers-tour-update-contact-point-supplier/

  24. OK, here we go. I like to think the whiskey adds an air of sophistication…

    (seriously though, they are really cool and it’s awesome to see an idea someone had become a real product.)

  25. Is Early Times any good? I don’t know whisky and don’t really care if it is or isn’t but it sounds ghetto. Seems good whisky starts with a “The”. If it was called The Early Times it might sound classy.

  26. @mcsqueak have you even used that pair of the aristocrats? They look shiny bright!

  27. Trigger pulled, shall be rocking the Zwarte on white combo.

  28. Wicked sexy, nice work gentlemen.

  29. @Marko

    Hah, it’s absolute bottom-shelf crap. I bought it while camping a few years ago in California and there is a reason the bottle hasn’t been finished.

    @Mikael Liddy

    I’ve only worn them a few times – they showed up right before the weather turned to crap for the season.

  30. @frank

    @mouse

    @frank

    Awesome @Frank. For the record, who did the prototype again?

    @sthilzy not only did the prototype, but wound up buying an injection molding machine and manufacturing the whole thing soup to nuts. Amazing dedication and awesomeness. Its been a total kick going through the process with him step by step as we’ve been working out the details. We’ll have to get him to write up his experience and photos of the process. All very cool stuff.

    It’ll be a lengthy write up! There’s lots of processes that went into producing the V-Plugs. Here’s just the basic steps, and each step involves multiple processes.

    3D CAD Design, 3D printing of prototype, paint masks, painting prototypes, die mold design, mold design build, injection molding, hot stamp printing, packaging. Correction, I ended up purchasing a hot stamping machine for the colour printing of the V-Plugs. Not an injection molding machine. Did look for one though!

    Here’s the ‘V’ cavities being CNC machined. 12000rpm with a 1mm ball nose cutter.

    @frank has tested the V-Plugs on his CX bike and has survived numerous crashes as well as his CX rig being thrown around in race conditions. As Frank put it,”They’re made from Flandrian plastic!” Enjoy the handle bar cufflinks!

  31. Hi Velominati.

    Been lurking for a while but when I tried to buy these I got the “your cart is empty” message.

    I figured the shop is for registered folks only, so here I am, registered at last, but still no joy with the cart.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks

  32. I should add that the zwarte cufflinks are for my reincarnating 80’s steel machine, a humble (Tange 900) Ricardo Elite, manufactured in my home town (back when we actually made stuff in Australia), and bought new by me as an 18 year old in 1987.

    I knew bugger all about bikes really, but this seemed like the real deal to me back then, no 10 clunky speed “racer” that’s for sure. Hell it even had those fancy French valves. I pedaled it far and wide, grinding the 52/13 everywhere.

    Oh to be a sinewy 68kg again.

  33. @El Segundo

    I tried it and got as far as the Place Order button without any problems. Maybe a browser issue ? Apparently Internet Explorer makes the Baby Jesus cry and Frank swear.

    Either that or it’s a metaphor, but I don’t know what for.

  34. @ChrisO

    Thanks.  It came good. 2 sets of V cufflinks heading my way.

    Jesus weep no more, Frank curse no more.

  35. Dang! I was hoping they were actual cufflinks.

  36. Based on the demand already apparant in these comments, how about some actual cufflinks?

  37. Real cufflinks for shirts? Count me in too. I regularly use them at work and would love to subtly remind myself about laying down some V on the next ride while off the bike.

  38. @mcsqueak

    OK, here we go. I like to think the whiskey adds an air of sophistication…

    (seriously though, they are really cool and it’s awesome to see an idea someone had become a real product.)

    Personally I never think E additives are beneficial to food products.  Especially Whisky.

  39. Excuse the Rule #45 violation… Old man, sore back… Colour coded beautifully with the frame.

  40. @VeloJello

    Excuse the Rule #45 violation… Old man, sore back… Colour coded beautifully with the frame.

    I think the amount of V in your last name makes up for the stem.

  41. I’d echo the shirt variety cufflinks request!

    David

  42. @KW Ha ha. Thanks.

  43. Any news for those of us who ordered and paid for these before they were marked out of stock? Mine has been “processing” for over a month now, and nobody is replying on the orders email… :-(

  44. Frank,

    I’m sorry, but you’ve lived in the US too long and need to get back to Europe. When I tried to buy the bar end cufflinks the site came back with “You can’t [I’m paraphrasing] while we make adjustements to our fullfilment process.”

    Adjustments to our fullfilment process?!?! What’s wrong with “while we change our ordering system.” Sheesh……

    Anyway, I’d like to order socks and bar ends – any idea when that might be possible?

    Thanks,

    David

  45. I was slightly disappointed when I clicked this and found out that these were not in fact formal wear cuff links like I initially thought.  However, they’re quite beautiful and very liable to be ordered at some point in the semi-near future.

    hint – Actual cuff links would be awesome.

  46. @Giovanni

    I was slightly disappointed when I clicked this and found out that these were not in fact formal wear cuff links like I initially thought. However, they’re quite beautiful and very liable to be ordered at some point in the semi-near future.

    hint – Actual cuff links would be awesome.

    Speak to Frank…………….dunno but I heard a rumour something could be in the offing downstream.

  47. @frank — you posted in the V-pint thread about kit being available after the first of the year.  Does that include cufflinks?  Would appreciate an update on timing on these.

  48. @teleguy57

    @frank “” you posted in the V-pint thread about kit being available after the first of the year. Does that include cufflinks? Would appreciate an update on timing on these.

    For sure, in fact I might have some of these around too – if so I’ll put them up online this weekend as well.

  49. @frank

    @teleguy57

    @frank “” you posted in the V-pint thread about kit being available after the first of the year. Does that include cufflinks? Would appreciate an update on timing on these.

    For sure, in fact I might have some of these around too – if so I’ll put them up online this weekend as well.

    Excellent.  I’d love a set in black for my ti Hampsten!

    And a 1 on real V cufflinks.

  50. @frank

    @teleguy57

    @frank “” you posted in the V-pint thread about kit being available after the first of the year. Does that include cufflinks? Would appreciate an update on timing on these.

    For sure, in fact I might have some of these around too – if so I’ll put them up online this weekend as well.

    I’m putting my first road bike together in the next few weeks. Some V cufflinks would certainly help in the Looking Fantastic department. Any word on when/where I can get these?

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