I'm rebuilding my Trek520 ... after she'd given her groupset to build the Jamis Yep, lots of second hand parts going onto her
She's been given a set of flat bars. I loathe flat bars - they are an instrument of pain and discomfort for me, which is why my other two df bikes feature drop bars, then there's the recumbent. So why is she getting flat bars? Because I use her to tow my tag-along and I need the extra width to gain leverage and hence control. Yes, I do need the extra width, I tried towing the tag-along when she had her drop bars (46cm Noodles) and did not have the leverage I need.
The 'flat bars' I have feature a bit of pull back which is very nice - dead straight bars should only be used for killing snakes and propping up sagging tables. I'm close to having a decent riding position now so it's time to start looking at the grips and bar ends.
Note - I really, really suffer from numb hands, probably thanks to a dislocated collarbone from about 15 years ago. My drop bar bikes all have the bars at about saddle height and I can last about 10km on them before the tingling starts. It's not unknown for my hands to go completely numb ie, can't use the controls.
On the flat bar, I'm right to about 5km before I start having troubles. With the current setup, my hands get pretty numb but no worse.
On the recumbent, I have no problems at all
But I need the Trek with her flat bars to tow the tag-along, tow the dog's trailer, tow the shopping, ride to uni, etc, so I've got to get her to work for me. The ride to Uni is the ride that's going to worry me - 25km one way, plenty of time for hand troubles so it's for that ride that I'll be setting up the bars and bar ends (on the bike choice issue, see seperate thread ... which I'll start when I've finished here).
So let's assume that riding position is now right (it's not but it's close enough for this exercise).
I'm going to buy the 'ergonomic' shaped hand grips, the ones that have a soft lump that comes back under the heel of your hand. I'm going for these because I currently use Pro bare ends that are shaped so you can rest the heel of your hand on a platform and have the bar end under the palm of your hand, similar to what will happen with these ergo shaped hand grips and they work pretty well. I'm hoping for an improvement in comfort with these grips (hey, it's worth a try).
These leaves me to choose some new bar ends. I'm not a complete muggins when it comes to bar ends, but for the sake of this exercise, lets assume that I am and get back to basics.
What are you trying to achieve with bar ends? (reach, height, hand position, anti-jogger weaponry)
What should you look for in choosing a set?
How do you set them up?
making cycling more complicated than it has to be but that's more fun than just riding what the manufacturer thinks I 'need'.