This video was produced in association with Effetto Mariposa.
Effetto Mariposa is perhaps best known for its Caffélatex sealant and posh torque wrenches. For 2020, the brand has launched the Tappabuco tyre plug, a worm-style puncture repair kit, and the Tyreinvader, an anti-flat insert. Both are designed for tubeless tyres.
The Tappabuco insertion tool doubles as a bar plug so it can be inserted into the ends of both road and mountain bike bars, as well as the hole in common Shimano and SRAM cranks.
It’s available in 1.5mm and 3.5mm sizes to tackle different sized punctures, and the insertion tools are sized to match. Kits come with a tool and five plugs and, for maximum versatility, you can also buy a complete set containing both sizes.
The Tyreinvader is an anti-pinch-flat insert for tubeless tyres. It sits inside your tyre, preventing bottoming out in the event of a hard impact. It’s now available in five sizes, covering external rim widths of 18mm to 50mm.
Matthew Loveridge (formerly Allen) is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of both over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Specialized's sublime Roubaix Expert and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.