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Has Anyone Ever Installed Bar Ends On Their Bar Ends?

Old 02-15-22, 10:00 AM
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Has Anyone Ever Installed Bar Ends On Their Bar Ends?

Here is a weird looking set or handlebars for you. Has anyone ever installed bar ends on their bar ends and in the " opposite than usual direction " so you can sit more upright and have four possible grips? I padded it all with yoga mat and electrical tape and then went over it with bar tape and absolutely love it. Yeah it looks super weird but whatever LOL.

Edit: it probably should have explained the main reason I'm doing this before I posted. I'm having nerve issues with my left hand and arm where it goes numb after riding for only a couple of minutes and even if I barely grip the handlebars. Sometimes I wake up in pain even though I adjusted the way I sleep . It's been an on and off issue that I need to get checked out. I did this not only to sit more upright but so I can have multiple grip positions with different angles of my hand to switch between depending on how I'm feeling and so far it has worked.



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Old 02-15-22, 10:14 AM
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Looks like a long reach to the levers, not that the front brake is hooked up anyway.
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Old 02-15-22, 10:18 AM
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How is the steering on the top grip?
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Old 02-15-22, 10:58 AM
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Old 02-15-22, 11:02 AM
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I guess maybe if it's all clamped down well it'd be fine, but it just looks like there are too many opportunities for things to slip there for me to ride comfortably. At that point, why not get some drop bars and flip them over (even better with Scott Drop Ins from the 90's).
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Old 02-15-22, 11:03 AM
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If you need that in order to ride the bike comfortably...You just need a different bike.
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Old 02-15-22, 11:04 AM
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Those pics need to be posted in the Bike Gore thread.

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Old 02-15-22, 11:14 AM
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This is a safety issue, not a comfort issue. Bar end extensions should be installed facing forward at a rise of 20-30 degrees above parallel to the ground maximum. Never straight up, and certainly not stacked straight up.

The reasoning is: If you wind up being separated from your bike while riding - say a car t-bones you at an intersection, or you hit a bump and go flying - the chances of severe injury from being impaled or struck from the side by a bar end extension are better the more they stick up. Don't forget, you're adding your already forward kinetic motion to that contact, and it won't be pretty.

Facing forward or nearly so, those risks go way down, as the chances of contact at that angle are lower. You'd have to be leaning way forward while riding to get the same contact in that position, and most people don't ride that way.

It's your choice, but I wouldn't risk it.
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Old 02-15-22, 11:57 AM
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To answer the op's question, why yes ... yes people have. Several examples on display in BSNYC's one-off competition, some years back. By the way, the pics provide ample evidence that 'drop bars'™ are no impediment to either or both of lunacy and bad taste when it comes to bike set-up.
Bike Snob NYC: The First (and Last) Annual BSNYC/RTMS Cockpit of the Year Award: The Finalists
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Old 02-15-22, 12:34 PM
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As others stated above, I'd be concerned one of the joints might slip on that multi-extension set-up. Suggestion is to go to a bike shop and see if you can get some BMX-style riser bars that are high enough for you, then put the extensions on the risers if needing an intermediate or higher grip area for more upright riding. I know you can get 4 inch risers, maybe as high as 6 inches. Get some new brake cables too, as you'll probably need to replace those if using riser bars.
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Old 02-15-22, 12:39 PM
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I believe there’s even a fairly accepted ”name” for that kind of contraptions - antler, or antlered bars.
Never stuck bar ends to bar ends myself. But I did consider doing it once as a test set up to see if Butterfly bars were something I might like.

I wouldn’t do that upright thing though.
Personal adaptation of a bike is OK, almost required. But such a big mod is good indicator that the rider is using the wrong bike for the task:
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
As others stated above, I'd be concerned one of the joints might slip on that multi-extension set-up. Suggestion is to go to a bike shop and see if you can get some BMX-style riser bars that are high enough for you, then put the extensions on the risers if needing an intermediate or higher grip area for more upright riding. I know you can get 4 inch risers, maybe as high as 6 inches. Get some new brake cables too, as you'll probably need to replace those if using riser bars.
Heck, they should go all in and get some "ape hangers"

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Old 02-15-22, 01:31 PM
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That's awful. Please put a NSFL tag next time you post a picture of those grotesque antlers

Just kidding, sort of.

A setup like that (or really any arrangement where parts are used in a nonstandard way to change the fit) is an indicator that you have a bike that does not fit, or perhaps the wrong kind of bike.
There is nothing wrong with an upright riding position, and just about any bike can be set up that way... but not like that. A better solution would be a 'riser' or BMX handlebar and/or high-rise stem so your hands are positioned on handlebar grips as intended, and so the controls are close to your hands.

Anyhoo, please ignore me if you are comfortable riding it - that's really all that matters - but I am 100% positive that you can easily recreate your riding position with ergonomics far superior than using upright bar ends as your primary handlebar.
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Originally Posted by Rolla View Post
Looks like a long reach to the levers, not that the front brake is hooked up anyway.
True. I keep my hands by the front break if I'm not crushing a bike bath or am manuvering around things and need better control. Yeah I still need to get to that damn front break LOL. I hate adjusting brakes
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Wow I feel less weird now. That looks like some sort of spider
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Old 02-15-22, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
How is the steering on the top grip?
Relaxing and easy. The further down I go the more control though obviously. I've been having nerve issues with my left hand where things start to go numb after only a couple of minutes of riding so that's the main reason I did this. It has fixed the issue lately
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
I guess maybe if it's all clamped down well it'd be fine, but it just looks like there are too many opportunities for things to slip there for me to ride comfortably. At that point, why not get some drop bars and flip them over (even better with Scott Drop Ins from the 90's).
It's all on super tight and yeah I thought of that too but I wanted more specific grip locations .there's actually four that feel completely different with hands angles. Having nerve issues with my left hand and this helps.

They probably should have started off explaining that in the first post. Editing it to do so.
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The lovely thing about bike fitters is they can help with body pain as they have studied it. A multi position bar isn't a bad thing but going absolutely crazy putting bar ends on bar ends sounds like a desperate cry for needing a fit.
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8-pointer! What a magnificent creature.
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It's got a number -- some sort of Crit or at least an organized ride.
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It can be an issue if you ride fast. If you brake hard enough, the thing would throw you off the bike.
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I've got barcons installed on the barends of most of my bikes. Does that count?
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Old 02-15-22, 07:59 PM
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It's got a number -- some sort of Crit or at least an organized ride.

I think it's a sign that says FREE.
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...if you are trying to take the weight off your hands, there are safer ways to do it.

There are a lot of bad habits that can lead to pain in your hands, including gripping the bar too tightly, and positioning your hands so they are cocked back at an angle, impinging on the nerves and ligaments where they run through the carpel spaces in your wrists. The suggestion that you might need someone who knows about this stuff, to look at your positioning and fit on the bicycle has merit.

Sometimes, the answer can be a simple as changing your saddle tilt to take weight off your hands, and get a more neutral body position. But it you're happy with what you've achieved in that photo, party on.
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