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Originally Posted by Roller1000
I see that there are also drop down Bar Ends - what do you think of those vs. L-bends in terms of what I'm trying to accomplish?
Drop downs can also work, but try a set if you can before buying.
They are not a true drop bar conversion and are a bit odd in fit. Unless you have extremely narrow bars to mount them on, they'll be much wider than drop bars (wider drops are 44-46cm, average flat bars are 58+cm), negating some of that aerodynamic advantage.
Another issue is that you will not have a brake within easy grasp while in the drops. The transition from forward position on standard barends to brake is a bit awkward, but still more natural than from drops to brakes. I haven't seen anyone mount brake levers on drop downs. It could be done with interrupt levers replacing the standard levers, but cable routing would be wonky.
I'd recommend the barends first, and if you feel you've outgrown them, switch to a full drop bar (which can be an expensive conversion) or even a new roadbike. Barends are cheap (you may even find some secondhand) and can give a lot of performance and relief for the buck.
My rule of thumb for setting them up is to draw an imaginary line from the bars to the top of the rear tire and align them with that. This seems to be a good neutral position to start with for most folks, regardless of frame sizing.
Here's an example of bar ends set too high:
Here's one that follows my formula:
Originally Posted by ahsposo
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Last edited by Wordbiker; 05-04-09 at 11:05 AM.