La vie de vélo

Adventures in cycling and life

What ever happened to bar ends?

Thumbing through my Mountain Flyer magazine I realized: You just don’t see many XC mountain bikers riding with bar ends these days.  Bar ends give you so much:

  • extra hand position to reduce fatigue
  • great leverage on the climbs (that out-of-the-saddle-and-on-the-hoods feeling carried over from road biking)
  • personally I find an added sense of comfort having something to confine my hands and keep them from slipping off (a feeling carried over from the big grips of my BMX days)

And at what cost? 1/4 pound and slightly narrower grip position. Oh and you may have to think about compatibility with some carbon bars. But the benefits far outweigh the costs – IMHO. So why did bar ends fall out of style?

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September 25, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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