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what is the purpose of bar-ends?


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other than only existing for those guys who continually look for ways to bling their bikes (and in doing so keep adding k@k that makes it HEAVIER), what is the purpose of bar-ends!?!?!?!

 

i have looked at these, even tried using them, but i still can't figure out what they are supposed to do.

all they did was catch on trees, bushes, and on clothing, and make loading the bike on bike racks even more annoying as they get caught on EVERYTHING!

 

sure, maybe, just maybe if you are in the lead peleton on the epic you might argue they have a use, but what is the use to the high-saddle & spandex weekend warriors ?

and dont say "because my hands get sore and i like changing the position".

if that's the case, grow a pair of balls, i have never experienced sore hands, ever.

 

on top of that, they have started shaping them to look like sex toys for gays. and i just LOVE those new grips that go along with them, you know, the ones that have extra wings for comfort, just like a maxi pad.

maxi pads:

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dildo-ends aka "the violator":

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the "anal-bead":

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They are actually used for XC by all the top professionals, Hermida, Schurter, that calibre of rider.

They're used at the start of the race, when it's all mayhem and chaos, to sprint with, I don't use them, but that's what they're for.

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Kamikaze do u lead a very boring life ? If u not posting videos of people falling off their bikes u are mocking riders who use bar ends. What difference does it make in your life if somebody chooses to use them ?

 

If u do long rides, 4 hour plus they actually make a helluva difference in terms of comfort, all they allow is a different hand position on the bars, it helps shoulders, back etc I found them to be a life saver on joberg2c.

 

Get a life tjop !

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It helps to remove pressure by giving you the option to change hand position. Probably not applicable to all riders but if you are prone to hand numbness it will help.

 

 

Also helps with power transfer.

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yes, but what's the purpose????????????????

 

 

why

 

why

 

why

 

why

 

why!!!?

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the purpose is for a change in hand position.

I'm sorry if it was not made clear by me and everyone else.

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Aerodynamics - effectively bar ends serve as lateral spoilers. This is why you will see guys paper clip their love handles flat so as to create a winged downforce whilst riding.

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I don't use them, but wow Kamikaze, I am impressed how you are able to rattle the names of your favourite sex toys off so easily... 5 fingers to to you.. I guess you bring a new meaning to the phrase "Toys for Boys"

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errrm isnt it meant to help you climb better. I must admit, I often wish I could change to the hand position afforded by bar ends when climbing. In my mind, it seems more of a natural hand position.

 

read somewhere that the upper body, esp the arms recycle/absorb lactic acid generated by the legs. Having them as relaxed as possible plays a big part in one's overall endurance capability.

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I am impressed how you are able to rattle the names of your favourite sex toys off so easily

 

dont knock it till you try it!

 

it seems more of a natural hand position.

 

yes...for falling

 

 

 

Aerodynamics - effectively bar ends serve as lateral spoilers. This is why you will see guys paper clip their love handles flat so as to create a winged downforce whilst riding.

 

finally, someone who makes sense on this forum!

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@Kamikaze... bwahahahaha :lol:

 

as for the comfort thing... if normal hand position was that unbearable then I'm sure the enduro-rally riding scene would have bar ends for their bikes too. I'm pretty sure a day of dakar or romaniacs is way more harsh on one's hands than a day of epic or sani

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Well done Kamikaze..you not one the sheep but question the purpose of add ons to our bike. Yes as many of esteemed gunners have stated its used in mny top mtb for racing or shoulder position etc but ultimately its about marketing and economics for the bike parts manufacturers. These many diverse shapes could double as toys for our partners to use when we experience numb nuts after along ride have their respective companies with statistical data supporting their design yet all so very different. Thanks to your graphical representation. The bottom line its marketing (the bike co make money off its existance) and us the average weekend warrior believes if its used in epic we must have it it can only enhance our ride..and for some they will swear by its benefits..classical placebo effect.

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@Kamikaze... bwahahahaha laugh.png

 

as for the comfort thing... if normal hand position was that unbearable then I'm sure the enduro-rally riding scene would have bar ends for their bikes too. I'm pretty sure a day of dakar or romaniacs is way more harsh on one's hands than a day of epic or sani

precisely!

 

they will swear by its benefits..classical placebo effect.

+1

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It helps to remove pressure by giving you the option to change hand position. Probably not applicable to all riders but if you are prone to hand numbness it will help.

 

 

Also helps with power transfer.

 

I agree!

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