1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Looky at my new bar ends!

    Bianchi carbon fiber bar ends! I got them here in China on taobao.com for the equivalent of about $9 US dollars!
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    Oh no! Incoming..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmatt View Post
    Bianchi carbon fiber bar ends! I got them here in China on taobao.com for the equivalent of about $9 US dollars!
    does that place export to the United States?
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    Sweet, anythings a good deal for 9 bucks, you cant go wrong either way..
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    does that place export to the United States?
    If you have the money, they will do anything!

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    Are these Bianchi bar ends any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmatt View Post
    If you have the money, they will do anything!
    i need someone to translate into english though...i couldn't read anything on the website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    i need someone to translate into english though...i couldn't read anything on the website.
    Haha true! My Chinese reading skills are not so good either, but I can make out several characters. Maybe run it through Google translate and try to make sense of the garble that comes out!

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    Bianchi is an old company, so they prolly are.I dunno much about their product,but i never heard anything bad about them,Sounds like you got a good deal.
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    Been kickin around the idea of bar ends, but still never bothered yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Bianchi is an old company, so they prolly are.I dunno much about their product,but i never heard anything bad about them,Sounds like you got a good deal.
    Cool! And they are carbon fiber, so that is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmatt View Post
    Cool! And they are carbon fiber, so that is great.
    I found them on ebay.com
    Newest Bianchi Bicycle MTB Pro Carbon Barend Bar End for Bike Replacement Part | eBay
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    I cannot access ebay from here: how much are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmatt View Post
    I cannot access ebay from here: how much are they?
    $17.39 from store 755 Shipping in Shenzhen,China
    they are free shipping.
    Could that be the same store?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    $17.39 from store 755 Shipping in Shenzhen,China
    they are free shipping.
    Could that be the same store?
    Hmm..could be, but I think my store was in Yunnan Province. In any case, I love them! And I find all sorts of great deals on taobao all the time.

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    I like curved bar ends when I use them.I like to tilt them upward so I can rest my back and keep riding instead of getting off my bike to rest.I like to pretend I don't need them, but my back tells me that's not true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmatt View Post
    Hmm..could be, but I think my store was in Yunnan Province. In any case, I love them! And I find all sorts of great deals on taobao all the time.
    Hope you enjoy them.
    Hey-welcome to mtbr.com!
    I see you are a new member!
    Welcome aboard!
    Stay around awhile.Glad to meet you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Hope you enjoy them.
    Hey-welcome to mtbr.com!
    I see you are a new member!
    Welcome aboard!
    Stay around awhile.Glad to meet you.
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    Thanks very much! I look forward to getting to know everyone here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmatt View Post
    Thanks very much! I look forward to getting to know everyone here!
    Sounds good.
    ...Naptime for me. Talk to you later.
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    Well, it turns out that my bars are too big for them

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    ^ wait, what? How is that possible?
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    Lots of bars on sale at blusky, but am surprised they don't fit like Jarad says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    ^ wait, what? How is that possible?
    The bar end attachment holes (for lack of a better word) do not open large enough to fit my bars.

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    Nice they might look better on the bike though. how much are they off, can you ream a little off to get them to work.

    and welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    Nice they might look better on the bike though. how much are they off, can you ream a little off to get them to work.

    and welcome
    I am such a n00b that I am embarrassed to ask, but her. My handle grips cover the ends of the handle bar tubes. Am I supposed to cut off the ends of the grips or something to make the bar ends fit?

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