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I've tried lots of the options described here, and now usually embed a carbide-tipped "flextip" with an optional, replaceable rubber tip that fits snugly over it.

I grind or shave down the large part of this flex-tip, drill a hole up the base of the stick, and then epoxy it in at precisely the right depth, leaving room for a brass washer and the rubber tip. A brass or copper ferrule is optional, depending on the stick.

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Then, for some terrain, I might not use the rubber tip, as the carbide tip may grip better. But for most purposes, streets, indoors, and even most hiking, I slip the rubber tip over it.

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I've used this system on the last ten sticks or so.
 

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