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Old 07-19-07, 10:02 PM   #1
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Where to by bar ends??

Hi everyone!

I was browsing these forums and came across one about coverting a mtb to a hybrid. I have a hybrid already but one of the responses was about bar ends (i'm pretty sure thats what there called)

Where can bar ends be purchased? I want to put some on my bike so I can have more hand positions and I like being able to lean down a little bit. Is a bar end what I need? I want what goes on the end of the regular handle bards and is in a vertical position adding more hand positions. Sorry I'm not sure what I"m talking about?

and..how can I put bar ends on my bike?

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Old 07-19-07, 10:21 PM   #2
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Yup, bar ends. I have some on my MTB. Picked them up at a Performance bike shop. I'm sure you can find them on line too if you don't have a local shop.
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I just bought some today at my LBS for my new flat bars on my roadie.
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I got the Forte carbon stix, work great.

http://performancebike.resultspage.c...stom&w=barends
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Thanks for the responses. I'm definitely going to be looking for those. :-)
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Almost any LBS has them. I would suggest the ordinary, cheap chrome slightly longish L-shaped ones. While you're there, if your bike has the usual motorcycle style riser bars common nowadays, buy an ordinary flat bar.

Don't go home unless you know how to mount them. Not hard, but you might need to move the grips and shift levers or gripshifts inboard. Mtn bike bars are usually very wide. While you're at it, you might consider cutting a little off each end to make the whole bar about the same width as your shoulders.

You don't really want to install the bar-ends vertical. You want them more pointing forward and slightly up. This will give you a nice, slightly more stretched position for more speed and more power when you want it, and it's also good to change the position of your back every once in a while, not just hand position.
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I usually put them by the ends of my handlebars...
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Don't go home unless you know how to mount them. Not hard, but you might need to move the grips and shift levers or gripshifts inboard.

Good point! I almost cut my grips in an attempt to make room for the barends. I was wondering how cause I have big clyde hands and need all the grip I can get. Then it dawned on me to slide the shifters inboard. Some things are so easy but might not think about them at the time.

If I would have read this, it would have saved me about 1/2 an hour of brainstorming!
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These are nice: http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/grips/index.html

I have the GC2 model. Some bike shops have them, or you can order them online if they interest you.

They don't extend as far as traditional bar ends, but they are adequate for standing and give you another hand position. The primary benefit is the ergonomic shape helps prevent hand numbness. I think they help dampen vibration a bit also.
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I have the Cane Creek bar ends, though they call them stabilizers. Yep, you will probably need to move the shifters inboard a bit. Now, about those grips. . . . Okay, it works pretty well if you can sort of inflate the grips on the bike with compressed air. A regular floor pump works just fine. Now, with the grips removed, remove the plugs from the ends of the bars and put the grips back on. That compressed air trick might be needed, or not, if you're lucky. Now, take the round end of a ball peen hammer and tap the ends of the grips. The handle bars will act just like heavy duty cookie cutters. Now, you've got a hole in the ends of the grips so it's possible to slide the grips inboard far enough to install the bar ends. Sometimes, you do have to sllightly shorten the grips to make them fit.

From time to time, you just can't remove the old grips without destroying them. If you're doing the job on saturday night and planning to ride on sunday, buy an extra set of grips at the bike shop incase you need them, if the LBS agrees to buy them back if they are still in the package.

Well, listen to ol' Rog talk like a pro. I've done this chore exactly twice, but I have done it.
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These are nice: http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/grips/index.html

I have the GC2 model. Some bike shops have them, or you can order them online if they interest you.

They don't extend as far as traditional bar ends, but they are adequate for standing and give you another hand position. The primary benefit is the ergonomic shape helps prevent hand numbness. I think they help dampen vibration a bit also.
Those ergons are not only adequate, they are very nice. I just didn't know about them when installing the Cane Creek models. The Cane Creeks cost about twice the ergons in some models, and I can't swear they are all that much better.
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