I am planning to ride a Trek 7.5 FX for cross for the remainder of the season, but cant really afford to put drops/shimano 105 shifters on it yet, so it's been recommended I just ride with the straight bars, which I'm going to do -- it's just stock, except for the Michelin Mud2's I had put on.
Anyway, to get some extra ergonomics, I would love to put some sort of bar end, but they seem to be illegal across the board, huh?
I don't really need the reason...I'll trust the consensus, but wondered if ALL bar ends were illegal without any any evaluation, or if there were standards. I have seen something called a cateye bar bone(s), which look a bit safer, if the concern is a puncture or getting the bars caught on something.
Anyone had any experience with this topic, or anyone part of a rules committee that could give me a ruling on the bar bones?
I hope to get some drops/shifters asap, but will have to make due for now.