Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Bikes: Specialized Sequoia, Specialized Crosstrail, Cannondale Synapse Carbon
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The last time I put bar-ends on a bike, they were the internal-expanding type, so all I had to do was to remove the end plugs, insert them, and tighten; no messing with the grips, etc. The type that I am planning on installing this time clamp over the end of the bar. What is the standard practice about what to do with the existing grips? As I see it, there are two options:
1) Trim 1/2" off the outer end of the grip to make room for the clamp, thus losing 1/2" of grip area.
2) Slide the controls & grips inward 1/2" to make room for the clamp without trimming the grip.
Which way do you guys do it? Also, what do you usually use to get the grips to slide on the bars? Thanks.