Mountain Biking - remember these?
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bar ends (http://www.coloradocyclist.com/common/products/displayproductlist_v2.cfm?&CGRFNBR=553&CRPCGNBR=553&TextMode=0&CI=1,225,519)
How come I never see people using them any more?:mad: :thumbdn:
It seems as if their popularity died with the advent of the riser bar. Apparently, it's not cool to do both??? Most racer-types are still sporting them though.
Getting to the finish line the quicker is cooler than the most trick riser-bar. http://mysmilies.creativesell.net/contrib/ed/smileeek.gif
05-31-03, 01:07 PM
I dont use them b/c in the tight singletrack they're a nusiance(sp). It outweighs their pros. My dad actually wants to take his off b/c he's always worried about clipping trees.
as Bac was saying, though, riser bar and bar ends are one of those things that no one does just b/c it looks funny
05-31-03, 01:16 PM
Im sporting bar ends... mind you, you do have to get over the mental thing about catching a tree. If you think it will happen, you will make it happen!! look for the holes, the clear path, and not at the obstacles grasshopper.
05-31-03, 01:59 PM
I just don't like the way they look. My rides also tend to be 3 to 4 hours so the extra hand positions doesn't nothing to stop numbness as I don't get it :)
I prefer flat bars with bar ends. I like the extra hand-positions and I like them on the climbs. I've also had them nicely protect my brake levers when I run my handlebars to ground as in during an endo. As Scooby Snax said, if you target fixate on tree-clipping, you will become one with your destiny. It's all about picking that smooth clear line.
they are a must on all my rigs, despite the whole riser-bar trend =]
06-01-03, 05:34 AM
i find bar ends in-the-way and annoying, but some people swear by them. Its just extra weight to me.
06-01-03, 07:05 AM
yep. i still run 'em.
excuse the blurriness, i was having a bad camera day.
06-01-03, 10:00 AM
When I did a lot of xc I always used them. My favorit pair was made by I think Answer back in '95.
Anyways, they went inside the bars and expanded to hold them in. That way you still had the entire length of the bar to use.
06-01-03, 10:09 AM
I used to run a pair of Titec Stubies, but now I don't run them at all. The only reason I really ran them on my XC rig, was to keep the grips from slipping.. now I use the ODI Ruffian Lock-on grips, so no need for Barends (I never used them to climb anyway). I have really narrow bars, so I never found the stubbies got in the way in tight singletrack. Also, just one more thing to skewer myself with when I fall!
06-01-03, 04:08 PM
As fas as being "skewered", Ive not had it happen, even though I'm using a pair of Serfas. the plastic ones that stick back a wee bit from the bar as well.
I sure wish I had them on the beater bike today!! 80Km (50mi) pulling my daughter in the trailer!! Ugh!
after breaking my wrist last year, I need the added hand positions!!
06-01-03, 04:50 PM
I've been skewared (however you spell that) many times.. here is one where I fell over and somehow dragged my entire weight over the bar-end before I crashed:
Just a bruise, but man it hurt!!
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