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    Bar ends for road bikes?

    I need help finding bar end road clamps that will fit over the tape on my road drop bars. I may not like them and may want to remove them after a short while. I'm setting up a classic tourist bike but am interested in the additional upright hand position. Are there such things out there or do I need to have them custom made?

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    You're talking about bar ends like on a MTB right? I've never seen any. Custom made could get pricey. Road drop bars are a larger diameter. I would suggest clamp-on aero bars (tri-bars) of some sort. I ve tried these on occasion for additional hand positions. Was O.K. but I always seemed to go back to plain ol' drop bars eventually.
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    Have you considered using mtn bike bar ends - the locking alloy type?

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    Like these or similar that attach tightly to the bar.

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    OK, I am a little puzzled and would like some clarification...

    Are we talking about bar-end shifters ... MTB style bar ends ... or what?
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    i THINK bluelightning is asking for a higher position than the bar tops for touring. If so I think the Cinelli Spinache (sp?) clamp-ons would work. They were originally intended as somewhat of an aero-bar set-up for drop bars, but because the clamps and handles are completely adjustable you could mount them most anywhere. However I would not mount them over the handlebr tape- they (or anything else) will surely slip. Chck eBay they are around for less than $20.
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    EDIT::::::::Im going to stay out of this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleflyer View Post
    OK, I am a little puzzled and would like some clarification...

    Are we talking about bar-end shifters ... MTB style bar ends ... or what?
    I'm with you on that. The more I read more confused I am over what he wants.
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    Thanks all for responding. Seems I wasn't clear enough. After an exhaustive search on the internet, I've had no luck locating simple straight bar ends that would fit a road bike drop bar. I plan to install them in the middle of the first bend on top of the drop bars so they would simulate the hand positions of a typical MTB handlebar grips. I wanted a two-piece two-bolt clamp setup to make installation or removal a breeze. I realize there isn't a big market for outfitting older touring bikes, so maybe I'm asking too much. The suggestion from sheldonbrown website was interesting but I have a quill stem so it wouldn't work. I'm including some pics to show the bike, the desired location of the MTB style bar ends on the top of the drop bars, and the style of clamp desired. I just may have to buy two newer style MTB stems and use shims to make them work as bar ends. Your thoughts?
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    OK, I've got the picture now ... I will check and see if I have any old school 2 piece MTB bar ends.

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    Get Cinelli Spinachi Bars and modify its use. At least its mounting clamps might come in handy.
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    I just did something (sorta kinda maybe) like this recently. Took the old tape off, popped the brake levers off, pried open the clamps of the MBT bars, slid them on and bolted them down. The new position is quite comfortable. And since they were throwaways anyway, if I get tired of them, I'll just cut the bolts and pry them off. Sorry for the crappy picture quality...



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    First, forget about clamping over the bar tape. There's no way that will fit or hold securely. Also keep in mind that it will be a crapshoot trying to clamp anything to a curved part of the bar as opposed to the flat top section.

    Then your problem is that MTB bar ends are made to fit 7/8" diameter bars, but road bars are 15/16". What clamps on to road bars are triathlon-style aero bar extensions. They are usually designed to give a very forward, narrow position, but many of them are very adjustable in angle and might be mounted flipped to give your high&wide position. The Cinelli Spinaci like someone mentioned is a good bet if you can find any.

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    I'm not sure how this would work, but if the bar is the same diameter throughout as it is at the clamping surface for the stem, you could probably find a threadless type stem of the same diameter (or actually two of them) and clamp it on the bar (though you would have to remove the bar tape) and use it as a (rather chunky) bar end...but yeah, I wouldn't clamp on top of the tape, it wouldn't be very secure and that would be a dangerous way to try to control the bike.
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