The Ins And Outs Of Bar Ends|
Wednesday, May 09, 2001
Bar ends are often misunderstood. Some people have 'em and some don't. Often times riders just accept whatever their bike comes with. Whether you have bar ends or not, read on to learn when you should or shouldn't have them.
Promote a better climbing position.
Allows for easier breathing by opeining up your upper body.
Some models can protect your hands from branches when riding.
Helps prevent fatigue by offering more hand positions.
Additional weight (though negligable)
If you have a carbon fiber bar, you could risk crusshing or cracking it.
Most models take up an inch of your handle bar space on each end. If you have wide shoulders, you may not like the squished in result.
Increased risk of injury in a crash.
There is no "right" angle for installing bar ends. A good place to start is to install them at 45 degrees. If you find your hands are too far forward, then you may want to rotate them up. And if you feel their too close, try rotating them down. If your bar ends get too steep then they look goofy and pose an larger risk of causing injury. Position is all about personal feel.
If you have riser bars, don't add bar ends. The two just don't go together. If you do, people will laugh and point.