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    Bar ends, do you use them?

    I'd like to get some bar ends for my Hardrock commuter and was wondering if you use them and if so what type do you use or would you suggest?
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    I do and it's very nice to have another hand position. I have pretty vertical ones but they probably don't have to be so tall. I've seen short stubs that are probably just as good - just tall enough so you can turn your wrist vertically. I also have drop style bar ends so I can get down and crank. Believe it or not they're pretty darn useful - in fact that's where I spend most of my time.
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    OP---I installed Profile Design bar ends on my folder commuter. I love them. I crank on them regularly with no issues. I also just use them for an alt hand position when seated.


    Rum ---I like those drop bars! I just ordered a bike with H-bars, and I think those drop-style bar ends would complement nicely. Thanks for posting the pic; now I can google them.
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    Thought about them, but I still toss on the knobbies onto my hardtail (commuter) and take it out onto a trail. See a lot of people in the city with them though

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    Bought the drops from Niagra through Amazon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kegoguinness View Post
    OP---I installed Profile Design bar ends on my folder commuter. I love them. I crank on them regularly with no issues. I also just use them for an alt hand position when seated.

    Rum ---I like those drop bars! I just ordered a bike with H-bars, and I think those drop-style bar ends would complement nicely. Thanks for posting the pic; now I can google them.
    Thanks kegoguinness, I like your set up with the Profile Design; my bike would probably look a bit like this since I currently have the ergo grips.
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    Cane Creek ergo bar ends on my winter (flat bar) set up. I like them a very much. I also have them on my mountain bike, which sees only off-road use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
    Cane Creek ergo bar ends on my winter (flat bar) set up. I like them a very much. I also have them on my mountain bike, which sees only off-road use.

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    +1 one the cane creek ergos....I am not a flat bar fan....but for me these made flat bars workable...before I swapped the flat bars for nitto north type bars

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    Yeah, on my beater commuter, but I never use them...lame, eh?

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    I've got a pair of Ergon GC2s. Love the grip and the integrated bar ends for comfy hand positions.

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    When I rode a hybrid I had bar ends set low to simulate the riding position of the hoods on a drop bar. This was better than a plain straight bar but not as good as a drop bar.

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    I've used the Cane Creek Ergo II bar ends and the Ergon GX something with the integrated bar ends. I liked the grippy feel of the Cane Creek, but the Ergon grips when set properly were nice, though my hands would slide on the metal bar ends at times. If I knew about those drop bar (bar ends) I would have given those a whirl. I think I'll take a look at them on amazon. Thanks for the pics and the location .

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    Sure, on my folding bike I have them set forward and slightly below horizontal so they give me a more forward position than the straight bars. Now, if only I had another set of brake handles and shifters out there on them. Every time I need to change gears or brake, it entails a switch of positions.

    Still, I spend a lot of time on them. Before this bike I was used to drop bars and downtube shifters.
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    Any kind of bar end is better than none at all. I've got 3 bikes that have bar ends, all are a different brand and I prefer none over the other.
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    I LOVE my Ergons GC2s. Just a little comma-shaped protuberance, perfectly comfortable on my palms!


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    Rumor has it that it's inappropriate to run bar ends on riser bars, but I do it anyway -- rather proudly too. The argument made around here (ad nauseam) is how "drops give you so many more hand positions," but I swear that my risers with a set of Profile Design bar ends provide more than what I get with my drops.

    Nothing gets me away from a stoplight faster than grabbing the bar ends and standing on the pedals. I'd advise that if you're putting them on a lightweight bar that you use some type of plug in the end of the handlebar. You can tighten the bar ends on a hollow handlebar tip, but they'll eventually loosen. Mine are extremely tight, so I can really grab 'em and rip when I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fremdchen View Post
    I LOVE my Ergons GC2s. Just a little comma-shaped protuberance, perfectly comfortable on my palms!


    I'm thinking of switching to these. I'm currently using a set of the Cane Creek Ergo 2's and they are pretty nice, but they position part of my hands over the outboard clamps of the grips and it gets uncomfortable after a while. I think having the two integrated into a single unit would solve that problem. Plus, I'm curious about the shape of the Ergons.

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    Nope. My flat bar road bike has its flat bars, while my drop bar road bike has its drop bars. Bar ends have always looked odd to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
    The argument made around here (ad nauseam) is how "drops give you so many more hand positions," but I swear that my risers with a set of Profile Design bar ends provide more than what I get with my drops.
    I dunno. There's more to drops than just multiple hand positions. Personally, I'm of the opinion, that one of the worst things to happen to cycling was the straight bars from mountain biking. They are great off-road, where their wide, aggressive stance helps control an unruly ride over uneven and brutal terrain, but on the street, their wideness and perpendicular hand position is not an asset, but rather a detriment. For instance, your average straight/riser bar are over 60cm (over two feet) wide, while drop bars are typically in the mid 40cm range (less than 18"). When I ride straight bars, I feel like a big, wide parachute riding down the road. and when I'm trying to weave in and out of traffic, that width just makes me nervous. The average road bar, on the other hand, tucks you in nice and tight, and is really great for weaving in and out of traffic (or parking lots).

    Worse, I looked into cutting down my straight bar or riser, but I can't because I need all that width to fit the brake levers (hydraulic disks) and shifters (RapidFire)! Adding bar-ends only serves to make the bars all that much more bigger (and intrusive). I put bar-ends on my mountain bike, but it really doesn't seem to help much. Maybe it's a fit issue, but my gut reaction is that it just doesn't work for me, and only adds to the mass and bulk of the straight bars (which, IMO, are already too big). On my Dew, so far, rather than bar-ends, I've been happy with ergo grips. Those have helped me a lot on the comfort end, even if they don't really add any to allowing me to move my hands around to avoid RSS injuries or pain.

    In other words, it's tough. For myself, for now, I'm going without barends, and just using ergonomic grips. We'll see how long I last before I put my hydraulics on auction, and get _real_ road bars. ;-)

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    FYI: for conventional vertical barends you can wrap them with bar tape too. I've used hockey tape on mine, but just because that was the cheapest way to go. $3. at Dick's sporting goods.
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    I've got some Giant branded ones. It's what the LBS had in stock. Got them set up to basically mimic bull horns.
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    I have a set of no-name ones on my Cannondale Hardtail that I use for road rides/commuting. Having an extra place to set my hands (on a straight-bar bike) is a god send on longer trips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MulliganAl View Post
    I'd like to get some bar ends for my Hardrock commuter and was wondering if you use them and if so what type do you use or would you suggest?
    I use them on all my mountain bikes. I don't really like the ones with curved tops but prefer just a straight barend. I set mine flatter than I see most peoples', however. It feels more like the hoods on a road bike that way. These are Ritchey, I think. JensonUSA has some for as little as $12.



    Curvy ones that I don't like so much:





    Straighter ones that are better


    I've put some really tiny ones on my dually but I hate those. Something like the Serfas Stabilizer. Really uncomfortable and they don't allow you to stretch out on the bar.
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