Help/advise please on fitting bar ends Dahon MU SL
I have asked this over on the Dahon forum, but wonder if anyone here can advise, please:
I would like to fit a pair of bar ends as seen in the second post of this thread:Initial impressions of Dahon Mu P8 (UK spec)
Does anyone know what make they are? More importantly, I would not want to cut the ends of the grips as this would destroy the profile and how my hand fit on them, so can anyone tell me (once moving the brake/gear levers inwards) if the grips will push further on to the bars and expose enough of the handle bar to fit the bar ends? Or are the grips glued on and will rip if I try and move them?
Oh and the modern bar end are all new to me… my old Scott mountain bike has bar ends that clamp internally into the handle bar, not on the external surface of the handlebar.
Thanks in advance,
PS, I have had a few replys on the Dahon forum but I am still keen to know what bar ends are fitted in that photo.
Last edited by PDR; 05-27-08 at 01:49 PM.
Hey PDR, that's my wife's bike in that photo. I responded in that thread. They are CODA barends I have had for a long time, I'm not sure if they are available anymore. There are lots of choices though that would probably be just as good.
I would assume the grips should be fairly easy to remove/reposition.
I always slide everything in on my handlebars to make room for the barends (can't cut the grips, I need the room). A trick I have learned for loosening up grips that are on very well is to take a clothes hanger or a spoke (might want to cut the treads off though of a spoke first or it will scratch the handlebar).
Carefully slide the wire in between the grip and the handle bar (you can lube up the wire too), if you are careful, nothing will be stratched or damaged. Then pull out to open up a gap between the grip and handle bar enough to slide one of those small red straws into, that comes with most spray lubricants (I use WD-40 for this job).
After I insert the straw, I attach the can of lubricant and give it a spray or two, then I pull everything out and give the grip a couple of twists with my hand and it usually comes right off no problems.
Clean it up really good with soap and water and to put the grip back on just use water as a lube to get them on and reposition The grips should get pretty solid when the water dries and you will be able to remove it again but it won't be perminant like some methods.
Last edited by Loch; 05-27-08 at 02:41 PM.
Thanks Loch, that is very helpful advise.
I somehow missed seeing your reply to the thread that I highlighted.