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Old 07-10-04, 03:51 PM
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What exactly are bar ends for? I've been lead to believe they are for allowing multiple hand positions to relieve hand fatigue on long rides. I've been doing a lot of long rides since I bought my hybrid. It did not come with bar ends, and to install them I'd have to chop up my grips and reposition my grip shifters and hand brakes. I want to know if its worth all that. How many people use bar ends? Do they really make a difference? I'm sure its all personal preference, but I'd like to hear some first hand experience anyway .

So far, I haven't had any real problems with hand fatigue. I'll probably just do without them for now. Still, I'm curious.


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Old 07-10-04, 04:56 PM
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Besides having multiple hand positions, if you do a lot of climbing, bar ends are very comfortable to grab onto especially powering out of the saddle. They enable you to lean forwards. I've had bar ends on all my straight bared bikes.
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Do you have riser bars on your hybrid? If so, you probably want to think twice about throwing a set of bar ends on, as you won't gain much. The idea behind bar ends is that you get a differnent position for your hands during longer rides. I used to have bar ends on my old bike, and never found much of a use for them. Some people swear by them. You probably woulnd't have to reposition your brakes and shifters - juse slice the grips enough to fit the bar ends on or slide them farther in (meaning you would have to change the position of your brakes/shifters.

"So far, I haven't had any real problems with hand fatigue."
Then it's probably not worth it for you. They do force you to open up your arms/breathe easier when on them, but I never found them particularly useful.

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I would not use a straight bar bike without bar ends for any longer period. I don't use mine too much on flat roads (the occasional rest mostly), but when climbing I consider them essential both when sitting but especially when standing (for the reason The Fixer mentioned). You don't want to do this without them.
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Old 07-10-04, 06:27 PM
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I use them. I like the ability to rotate my wrists 90 degrees as I ride.

The original idea behind them was to make it easier to load more weight onto the front wheel on steep climbs. Mountain bike gears are so low that the limiting factor on how steep of a hill you can climb is pretty much the point at which you pop an unintentional wheelie.
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Try 'em, you'll like 'em!
It is worth the minor effort/hassle to put them on.
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Old 07-10-04, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
Besides having multiple hand positions, if you do a lot of climbing, bar ends are very comfortable to grab onto especially powering out of the saddle. They enable you to lean forwards. I've had bar ends on all my straight bared bikes.
Same for me. The only time I'm not using them is to brake, or shift gears.
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Originally Posted by pyze-guy
Same for me. The only time I'm not using them is to brake, or shift gears.
And if you really want to, there are some solutions that will allow you to shift and brake from the barends too such as the remote shifters (assuming you have M950-series XTR) and brake-lever extensions. However, I've heard they don't survive too well in crashes.


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Old 07-11-04, 02:34 AM
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Originally Posted by moabrider47
Do you have riser bars on your hybrid? If so, you probably want to think twice about throwing a set of bar ends on, as you won't gain much. The idea behind bar ends is that you get a differnent position for your hands during longer rides. I used to have bar ends on my old bike, and never found much of a use for them. Some people swear by them. You probably woulnd't have to reposition your brakes and shifters - juse slice the grips enough to fit the bar ends on or slide them farther in (meaning you would have to change the position of your brakes/shifters.

"So far, I haven't had any real problems with hand fatigue."
Then it's probably not worth it for you. They do force you to open up your arms/breathe easier when on them, but I never found them particularly useful.

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Yes, my hybrid does have what look like riser bars. This is a straight bar that bends on each side so that the grips/shifters/brakes are slightly higher than the center of the bar where it joins the stem, right? That's what I have.

I was climbing a few big hills yesterday, and I started to reach towards the end of my bars to help pull my weight foward a bit. It seemed like a good time for bar ends. Of course, I'm starting to wonder if they'll even fit on my handlebars. My hand brake levers are longer than your typical MTB brake levers, and with the grip shifter, I don't know. The problem is I'll have to cut up my grips (which are part of the grip shifter) to find if the bar ends will fit. I have a Trek 7200, I don't think it was intended for aggressive touring and long, hilly trips. If I have to change my shifters, grips, and brakes just to fit on some bar ends, I'll forget about it. Maybe I just need a different bike for what I want to do.


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I... absolutely hate risers.
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To install bar ends, you need to move your shifters, brake levers and grips inward about 3/4 of an inch. If you have that much space before the start of the bend in your handlebar, it'll work.

Take the appropriate size allen keys and move in the shifter and lever on one side at a time. That way you can match up the the angle of the levers with the other side. Be careful not to overtighten your grip shifters or you'll break the plastic. Now take an ordinary hammer and pound on the end of your grip. The handlebar will cut a neat circle out of the end so you can slide the grip in the 3/4" that you need. I think that I could do the whole job in about the amount of time that it took me to type this. It's not a big deal.
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