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Cycling Conduct: Bar End Plugs

By USA Triathlon | Jan. 11, 2014, 6:12 p.m. (ET)

This week’s rule is 5.11i, better known as the “bar-end rule.” 

One of the things that USAT officials look for in transition is handlebars that are open, or missing a plug on the ends.  The plugs that stop-up the open ends of the bars are called bar-end plugs and are installed to prevent serious injury in the case of a fall. 

Open-ended handlebars can puncture the abdomen in a crash, with deadly results.  Accordingly, we require all bar ends to be solidly plugged.  Be sure that your bar ends are plugged before you enter transition.

Here’s the rule:

5.11i.  Handlebars and stem must be fashioned to prevent any danger. All handlebar ends must be solidly plugged to lessen the possibility of injury.

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