A: Bar plugs are required safety equipment on racing bikes, and recommended for preventing injury during falls.
Our wraps do not include bar plugs with the kit. There are a lot of choices for bar plugs, including simple DIYs like champagne corks, and most are pretty inexpensive. Read more about your bar plug options on our blog post.
A: The leather is approximately 1mm thick for the Bullwhip Bar Wraps and Sew-on Bar Wraps. We choose a thinner leather for these wraps so they are easier to install and have some stretch for curves and cables.
A: Padding on grips is a matter of personal preference - we've seen articles for and against it. Many other commercially-available grips use a silicone like material to make them padded and squishy, but as a small workshop, we specialize just in leather production and don't have the machinery to make rubber or silicone grips.
For the most padding with our leather handlebar wraps, we recommend using our Bullwhip Bar Wraps, which are already more padded by overlapping layers of leather. In addition, you can pad the Bullwhip Bar Wraps even more by wrapping them around a layer of foam tape or other commercially-available padding.
Our Sew-on Bar Wraps are designed to stretch around 1 cable (such as a brake or shifter cable). If you do not have a cable, you can get away with some light padding, but the padding creases may be visible through the leather.
A: Any of our wraps can easily be cut down to any length you need with an exacto blade or scissors. It's best to do it yourself, so you get the exact length you want. You can even DIY your own edge dye by running a Sharpie along the cut edge.
When cutting, we recommend cutting from both ends before installation, so as to avoid cutting through the middle of stitch hole.
We don't recommend cutting the Bare Knuckle Grips short because it's hard to get the hole spacing correct.
We've found that those leftover lengths of bar wraps make great wraps for all sorts of tools in your life - try them on broom and shovel handles!
A: Check out our awesome infographic for the full matrix of decisions: