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Old 02-11-18, 12:21 AM   #1
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Installed bullhorns? What brand & style?

I plan to install bullhorns on my Dahon. What brand and style do you have? I never owned bullhorns before, it appears they come flat or with a drop. Hoping to get others experience before I make a purchase. Also interested in which brand you use.
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Handlebars are like shoes or underwear. Just because I or you like them doesn't mean anyone else will or should like them. Basically you have to go out and try them. Find a shop that will let you ride bikes with different bullhorns and see what you like. If you cannot do that it will just be guessing. Roger
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Handlebars are like shoes or underwear. Just because I or you like them doesn't mean anyone else will or should like them. Basically you have to go out and try them. Find a shop that will let you ride bikes with different bullhorns and see what you like. If you cannot do that it will just be guessing. Roger
Looking for specific experiences, as mentioned in my post
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I have 5 Dahons. 2 Boardwalks and 3 Classics. None of those have removeable handle bars. The bikes I have ridden with bullhorns looked cool but I didn't find to be comfortable. To much drop to ride on top of the bars and not enough drop to get out out of the wind or pull on for climbing. My whole point is you need to try this yourself. Handlebars are not something that you buy on the net unless you only want the look and not the comfort. If you want comfort you need to physically try them. That requires you go to a bike shop and see what feels good. If you want the look just pick the ones appeal to you. Roger
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Ergon Grips with BarEnds make for a great Bullhorn.

If buying Bullhorns themselves check width. Most are too narrow.

A good brand to look at is Nitto but as mentioned above, there are many. At my shop I have about 20 handlebars to choose from. Most that I like best are not Bullhorns. Still looking.
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Would not fold properly then, unless you put a stem QR , on to loosen, and rotate them.. Scratching wear comes into the scheme , then.

Short bar ends are good enough for me Ergon GR3, are on my Bike Friday Tikit (i used the 3 piece separable straight bar of theirs)
, And my M3L Brompton..


Ergon GR 5 is their longest bar end model, loosening the end's bolts lets it fold , you need to do that every time..




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Would not fold properly then, unless you put a stem QR , on to loosen, and rotate them.. Scratching wear comes into the scheme , then.

Short bar ends are good enough for me Ergon GR3, are on my Bike Friday Tikit (i used the 3 piece separable straight bar of theirs)
, And my M3L Brompton..


Ergon GR 5 is their longest bar end model, loosening the end's bolts lets it fold , you need to do that every time..

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QR Handlebar clamp does the trick as you say. (scratching wear depends on where you twist them too, yes). On some bikes I stash an allen key in the handlebar and even bikes without bar ends normally benefit from twisting the handlebar during the fold.
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No interference from GR3 on my M3L.. FWIW..

that tool set that stuffs in the main frame tube while hinge open may come in handy for some..


I have a few tools in a pocket of my front O bag.





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I have origin8 carbon fiber bar ends installed near the center of the flat bar on my cross check, like a shorter version of aero bars. They are ok, a little short, but I have big hands.
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Problem with most bullhorns is they require road type brakes as they are road and not flat bar diameter. If you have V brakes there are levers that will work, made by Tektro. Functionally flat bars with bar ends do the job.
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How do you intend to brake? How do you intend to shift gears?

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I plan to install bullhorns on my Dahon. What brand and style do you have? I never owned bullhorns before, it appears they come flat or with a drop. Hoping to get others experience before I make a purchase. Also interested in which brand you use.
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I don't really like the look of STI shifters on bullhorn bars.
Looks aggressive, but also looks very "make do"

Only my Tri bike has bullhorn bars (with the aerobars as well of course).
The thing about them is how you'd set them up for.
Its either fitted for a position that mimics where the hoods would be on a road bar (and hence relatively comfy, but not much other option of another ride position, esp in headwinds) or where the drops would be (hence more aggressive, more aero, harder to ride for long rides)
There isn't much of other hand/ride positions with a bullhorn bar only setup which is one of the reasons I find them limited in use if not combined with an aerobar.
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I have opted for trekking bars , on my Bike Friday,* the reach is not as far.. figure 8 bend.. 22.2 tube..
so I use MTB levers .. + the grip shifter..

you could stretch out to the forward bend, use sides or rearward.. where gear and brake controls are..






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You guys need to stop talking, and start posting pictures.
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