They work pretty well.
I actually cannot handle barends. STI/Ergo is the most common of course but the TO's are ok too. The advantage is if you crunch a lever, you don't have to replace an expensive STI/Ergo.
I noticed almost all the racers in the events I attended this year used STI. I absolutly love my barcon. I only use one since it's a single speed. In fact I was able to get out on my road bike a couple weeks ago, b4 the snow and kept reaching for my barcons and they werent there . I really probably should get a little thumb shifter like some mtb's b/c I find my hands on the top of the bars almost the whole time, rarely on the hoods and sometimes maby on long pavement on the drops. Those take offs look wierd though. Do they just sell that bracket that you could but some old down tube shifters in?
Catching his breath alongside a road near Seattle, WA USA
1999 K2 OzM, 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
Originally Posted by RacerX
Those look like lawn sprinklers
And that's a bad thing?
I never owned a bike with one but a friend of mine back in college had them on his bike and so I have spent some time using them. I always found them to be a pretty good alternative to STI, Ergo and barcons. They're cheap, simple, useful, fairly durable and can be operated reliably even with heavy gloves.
This isn't my bike (actually I don't know this person... just happened to find it on the web) but here's how they would look mounted on the bars.