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Bar ends that don't get in the way folded?

Old 09-16-09, 06:39 AM
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Bar ends that don't get in the way folded?

My 09.5 Downtube 9 came with long bar ends. Probably long enough to grip them with my whole hand. Our 2008 Downtube IX FS came with bar ends that are probably about 1/2 that length. They're too short to hold with the hand but long enough for a few fingers to aid in leverage.

When you fold either bike, the bar ends (which are angled 10 degrees from the horizontal when the bike is unfolded) stick straight out, effectively making the bike take up more space folded.

Do I even need the bar ends? I've never ridden with them. Do they make bar ends that can be removed (say, when folded?)

There is an alternate folding method whereby you turn the front wheel 180' so that the handlebar lands on the drive side or another method whereby you fold the handlebar down first and it ends up in between the wheels but either method leaves the wheels not parallel to each other when folded and it's difficult to roll the bike on its wheels.

What do you guys do about your bar end situation?
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Old 09-16-09, 07:33 AM
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I like bar ends and I happen to fold my Dahon unconventionally which means that bar ends are compatible with the fold, though do protrude somewhat. However, I really like a light bike and so I settled on some plastic bar ends, the name of which escapes me right now. I think they're about 60g a pair and are reasonably comfortable but don't allow much in the way of a stretched-out position as they're only stumpy little things. I'll try to find out the name.
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Old 09-16-09, 09:02 AM
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brompton bar ends also an interesting q for me. There seems be no consistency in use of terms like "mini" and "micro", and not all web listings have full weight/size dimensions identified. In UK SJS cycles https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/ have a good range (put "bar ends" in search), but not sure which to go for for a s-type. The supplied ergons are great on my speed TR, just for the change of position they offer.
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Get the Ergon grips with the built in bar ends. Incredible comfort and flexibility and they do not interfere with folding.
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Old 09-16-09, 09:47 AM
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https://www.thorusa.com/dahon/accessories/handlebar.htm

those work well. not the cheapest ones but Cane Creek quality .... they feel comfy

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I have ergon GC2s on my brommie. Doesn't get in the way of the fold, but it does drag along the ground a little when folded, so the left one is super scuffed while the right one is pristine.
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Loosen the steerer nut inside the stem riser hinge and rotate the stem riser around so the bars fold inward. Make sure you rotate the telescoping stem riser to compensate so the bars remain in the correct orientation unfolded.

I do not fold mine between the wheels, but have it tuned so the stem riser kisses the back of the seat post as it folds down and the handlebars themselves end up parallel to the chain with the bar ends and brake levers pointing downwards. Although my bar ends are short, this works out so well that I've been thinking about getting bullhorns because I don't think they'll even increase the size of the fold.
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Thanks for the tip, chucky. I'll try that.
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BBB Ergo grips and bar-end combo, on my Brompton:

https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/584704-review-photos-brompton-bbb-ergoset-handlebar-grips-bar-ends.html
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Originally Posted by gringo_gus View Post
brompton bar ends also an interesting q for me. There seems be no consistency in use of terms like "mini" and "micro", and not all web listings have full weight/size dimensions identified. In UK SJS cycles https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/ have a good range (put "bar ends" in search), but not sure which to go for for a s-type. The supplied ergons are great on my speed TR, just for the change of position they offer.
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I use the Ergons with the little R2 magnesium bar ends built in.Fits S-type Brommi real well.Doesnt change fold width what so ever.Easy on the wrists too.
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