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Old 04-22-12, 05:46 PM   #1
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So how much of a faux-pas is it to put bar ends on a riser bar?

I want to do this for my hybrid. The current bars are shallow risers - hybrid bars, really. I would orient the riser so that, rather than raising the bar (much), it would bring it a tiny bit closer and maybe a little lower (compensating for the height lost by raising the quill). I would then mount the bar ends, which are long and have a fair amount of curve to them, so that the whole effect would almost be like trekking bars. I'd then cover the whole mess with the foam tubey stuff. I got the idea looking at what MrBeanz did for his wife's hybrid.

Does this violate all standards of cycling decency?
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Old 04-22-12, 07:03 PM   #2
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Nope. You'll just end up a "Fred". You might as well join the club now. It'll happen to you eventually. You're already showing the fred force is strong in you.
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Old 04-22-12, 08:03 PM   #3
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Just call me Fred because I'll go for function over form every time. What good is it to have the best looking bike in the world if it doesn't work for you and isn't fun to ride? Please note that I'm talking about well thought out functional design modifications, not just doing goofy crap for the sake of "customizing" your bike.

If bar ends on a riser bar improve your cycling experience without sacrificing safety or proper function, go for it. My wife's commuter is a hybridized MTB with shallow riser bars and Ergon GR2 grips that encorporate a small bar end to give her an alternate hand position. She loves them.
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Old 04-22-12, 10:50 PM   #4
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This is like uhhh "Fred" thread.
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Just call me Fred because I'll go for function over form every time. What good is it to have the best looking bike in the world if it doesn't work for you and isn't fun to ride?...
Hear hear! Many years ago a fellow showed up with a Cannondale hybrid fitted with aero clip-ons to some casual Wednesday night time trials we used to do. He was riding randonneurs up to 300 km on that bike, but of course the bike snobs gathered around him at the end and started telling him it was the wrong bike for the job, and he should buy a "proper" road bike for randonneuring. My opinion was, if he could do that kind of mileage (kilometerige?) with no physical damage or overuse injuries, then obviously the bike was perfect for him and he shouldn't change a thing.
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There are no faux pas if it works for you and makes your ride more enjoyable. If you're not enjoying this, you won't keep up with it. It's that simple.
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Thanks for the responses. The question was, of course, meant lightheartedly - I long ago embraced my inner Fred (using Fred definition III, i.e. form follows function and to heck with what anyone else thinks...). I just was surfing for some handlebar ideas yesterday, and I happened on several articles that said the combination of risers and bar ends is just "Not Done".

I just got this hybrid a few weeks ago, and have only had one chance to take it on a really good ride so far. I love the bike - it's an early 1990s Bianchi Advantage, with what I'd call a touring geometry and gearing, and in almost every respect, it's almost my ideal bike - lightish (mid 20s of pounds), good steel frame, relaxed geometry, great gearing for climbing, responsive... But I did notice that, after about an hour or so, I was looking for other hand positions. If this bar-end idea doesn't work, I'll probably put trekking bars on it.
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People don't use bar ends with risers on MTB's as there is no reason to, you get greater leverage than with a flat bar (standard 560mm), as most riser start at 680mm, going out to 914.4mm (1 yard), additionally with wider bars, going through singletrack with bar ends becomes a liabllity that you will hook onto a tree / branch.

As your are riding a Hybrid, the chances of going through tight singletrack are limited to non-existant; so go for it if you want barends, see if it benefits you riding style, you can always remove if they don't
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