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Bar Ends Benefit and Angle??

Old 06-17-18, 04:26 PM
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Bar Ends Benefit and Angle??

Apart from offering an alternative hand position do bar ends bring anything else to the party ...... I had them on my old bike before I cycled more seriously but used to point them towards the heavens to give a more upright position and as I was just leisure cycling wasn't bothered about wind resistance.

Now I'm cycling a lot more seriously and much longer distances is there any benefit in transferring them from one bike to the other apart from an alternative hand grip (if so what are they) and what angle / position offers the most benefit and why?

If I do tempted to get some bar tape / foam to go on them as well.
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Old 06-17-18, 05:47 PM
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Barend angle is just up to what's comfortable for you, no right or wrong angle. I run mine like this. Don't know what length or diameter bend your using but I boiled a set of grips and fits well on mine. Kind of a triangular shape and a little bigger so soapy water or hairspray wasn't cutting it to jam grips onto barends.
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Old 06-17-18, 05:59 PM
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On my MTB based commuter I put them on inboard for a more aero riding position (along with aero bar).

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Old 06-17-18, 06:10 PM
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Bar-ends are very useful when climbing hills while standing on the pedals... I have them on my singlespeed MTB and find them very useful.
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I salvaged a set of bar ends off an old junk BSO my sister wanted to get rid of and put them on my flat bar hybrid. I've loved them ever since, and probably ride 75% of the time gripping the bar ends. They seem to give me more power when climbing or going for speed. Don't know if that's true or not, but it feels like it. Anyway, it's more comfortable to have additional hand positions so I don't have to maintain the same position for 50 miles or so. In the past my shoulders would start hurting after about 20 miles, but I haven't had that happen since I installed the bar ends.
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Old 06-18-18, 12:45 PM
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My Ergon grip-bar end combination, allows me to open my hand over both.. spread comfortably.
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You want to adjust them so your wrists aren't bent up or down while grabbing them. You basically want to keep your fists in line with your arms.
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Old 06-18-18, 03:58 PM
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I got them swapped over so I'll just experiment with angle and see what I like best.

hillyman .... are those Origin 8's you've got on there as well and if so how do you find them, that was something else I was thinking of doing ... I#m guessing your bar's reasonable wide, I wondered if it'd feel like your hands were too far apart.
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Their theoretical benefit is that they help you get in the ‘boobs-to-the-bar’ position for steep climbs. As such they should be pointed more or less forward with enough angle to be comfortable for your grip.
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Old 06-18-18, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
My Ergon grip-bar end combination, allows me to open my hand over both.. spread comfortably.
I find my Ergon GP3 grips with the included bar ends very nice to ride with.
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