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Old 09-26-07, 02:55 PM   #1
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Drops for dropping w/ bar ends

Does anyone ride in the drops using bar ends? And if so, what are they (the bars)?

From some tinkering around I'm thinking I might want to give riding mainly in the drops a shot, but bars that are associated with that, like on-one mary's, flar out so much bar-ends don't seem like a good idea. So are there any bars out there with shallow drops that work well with bar-end shifters?
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Old 09-26-07, 03:18 PM   #2
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I use Salsa short-n-shallow bars with bar-end shifter. Works fine.

My other bike has Nitto Randonneur bars, I think they'd work well with bar-ends too. I have the bars set up pretty high, so reaching the brakes from the drops is pretty comfortable (photo).
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Old 09-27-07, 10:04 AM   #3
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I've used the WTB Dirt Drops with bar-ends, and now Salsa Bell Lap bars. I have the bars set just a tad higher than usual, and I've become far more comfortable in the drops than on the hoods.
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I love my WTB Dirt Drops.

It seems like bar ends woudn't be too bad to use, but I am using Sram Rival double tap levers.

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I believe that you must mean On-One's "Midge" bar. The Mary is a "flat" bar.

Anyway-- I ride the Midge drop bar on my 'cross and MTB and have bar-end shifters on the MTB. They work very well there. Not in the way of knees, easy to get to. In fact the Midge bar seems designed with bar-end shifters in mind.
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Old 10-03-07, 05:11 PM   #6
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Midge is ideal for barcons. If it's set up as intended, you're always in the drops, and the shifters are right there.

In fact, whatever you choose, I would adjust the bars such that the drops are a comfortable place to be a lot of the time.
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