Poll: Does your Single Speed bike have bar ends ?

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    To bar end or not to bar end that is the question

    Do you have bar ends on your single speed mt bike ?

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    i screwed up this poll the 2nd option should say no and there is no way to edit it

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    Not me. I have a bad habit of clipping trees way too often. 99.9% of the time it's not a big deal. If I had barends I'd be f'ed 99.9% of the time.
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    Do TOGS count? I have some of those but I would have no use for regular bars ends.

    I put bar ends on my bike for a gravel race one time and they were quite useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Do TOGS count? I have some of those but I would have no use for regular bars ends.

    I put bar ends on my bike for a gravel race one time and they were quite useful.
    any device on the end of your bars that you grab onto counts... I don't know what a TOG is...

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    I don't, but I ride twisty, midwest singletrack. If I move out west again, and regularly have big climbs, I will definitely put bar ends back on.

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    The only thing with bar ends around here is some doofus on a hybrid POS.
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RajunCajun44 View Post
    any device on the end of your bars that you grab onto counts... I don't know what a TOG is...
    Maybe you could bother to look it up?

    For the love of TOGS
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    I'd still be running bar ends if my carbon bars could handle it.
    So it's carbon TOGS instead.

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    I vote no. No tree hooks, I'm not fishin for trunks.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RajunCajun44 View Post
    any device on the end of your bars that you grab onto counts... I don't know what a TOG is...
    TOGS are NOT bar ends. Very different. They are those thumb grabbers near the inside of the grips.
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    Been using them since the late eighties. The added leverage on steep, loose climbs is awesome. Think of the bb as a fulcrum, with bar ends you pull up and the rear wheel gets forced down into the soil. Also it opens your chest so you can breathe better. Plus, the extra positions help reduce hand pump.
    As for "tree hooks".... learn to ride! Sorry, couldn't resist that! LOL! I still catch a Branch or Vine every now and then and get FLUNG to the ground!

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    Do bar ends do something that wide bars do not regarding leverage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Do bar ends do something that wide bars do not regarding leverage?
    A little bit. The position gets you further forward, and that can lead to a more stretched out and, for some, more powerful climbing position.

    The big thing I felt with them is hand position. Your hands, and overall pulling strength are much stronger in that parallel position. If you can, compare doing pullups with a normal overhand grip to doing pullups from a neutral hand position. It is quite different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Do bar ends do something that wide bars do not regarding leverage?
    Stronger hand position.
    A natural hand position is canted in from straight ahead about 15°
    Standing and climbing, rocking the bike from side to side with normal bars, your wrists move side to side which isn't as strong as the action when your hand are on bar ends.

    To me, the ONLY downside is hooking foliage.

    Or I could be wrong. I often am.

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    I liked bar-ends back in the day on narrow bars, but on wide bars I think they would be weird. My 720mm bars give plenty of leverage, so I don't really have a need anyway. If your trails require narrow bars, then I think bar-ends are worth a try.

    I think if you have a road background the bar-end position may be more natural for standing climbing, since its similar to using the brake hoods on a drop bar.

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    ive tried to live without them... I just can't.... its all personal preference..

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    Curious- for those of you using bar ends, how wide is your handlebar?
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    I live in the Midwest, tight trees so 680 seems to fit the area trails. LIve in NE Ohio, ride here, Pennsylvania and WVa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Curious- for those of you using bar ends, how wide is your handlebar?
    29"-30" with bar ends. I ride among trees but don't hook them. Skillz
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Curious- for those of you using bar ends, how wide is your handlebar?
    On a 720 bar I have to use ends to get the leverage.
    On a 750, it's not so necessary, just nice.

    Now I'm using carbon bars, dammit, none of them are reinforced for ends
    TOGS help a lot though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Do bar ends do something that wide bars do not regarding leverage?
    Also, when you are standing, your reach is shorter, so bar ends bring that reach closer to normal. It also helps keep the front wheel on the ground on steep climbs.

    I stopped using bar ends when I started using riser bars. Not so much because it's ugly, but because they usually have more backsweep and give bar ends a weird angle that catches more trees.

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    Yes, I do not like getting hooked on trees, branches, vines, etc. no bar ends!!!

    A set came on my 1st (aluminum hard tail) SS MTB and I took them off after a couple months.

    These days, I have two carbon-forked steel SS's and ride anything and everything from short work commutes up to 100 miles of gravel, rocks, trails or mixed surface with low rise carbon bars on one ride and stainless Mary Bars on the other.
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    Used to ride with these but hated the grips themselves so I got rid of them. On wide open AZ desert trails where I ride, there's little chance of clipping much.

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    FYI, you can remove the bar ends from Ergon grips and clamp them on many lock-on grips with ease. I think you can use them alone as well. so if you like the feel of stubby Ergon bar ends, just use them without the winged grips.
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    Togs are teeny tiny bar ends.
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    I had some on the end of Ergons that I really liked, but I moved to carbon bars with a little sweep and some cushier grips to help keep tendinitis away. The sweep helps get my wrists in a better position than a straighter bar, but I do miss them on steep climbs. If Ergon had grips that had some real cushion + bar ends, I'd be all over them. FWIW, I ride in the Boise foothills, what are trees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBeing View Post
    Used to ride with these but hated the grips themselves so I got rid of them. On wide open AZ desert trails where I ride, there's little chance of clipping much.

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    Same.

    I had the Ergon GS-2's but honestly, I just never used the ends. They were on my first SS when I bought it used, and I followed the sage advice from veteran SSers that I "needed those to really crank for hard climbs"

    I didn't mind the grip shape (although it wasn't my favorite) and the little bar ends worked well the 1-in-20 times I remembered to use them. Ultimately I found that plain old ESI extra chunky grips worked better for me.

    I still have my Ergons and would use them again if I were bike-packing where moving my hands around would be helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Do bar ends do something that wide bars do not regarding leverage?
    Your brain inhibits the power of your biceps when you are holding something palm down, because the "elbow end" attachment is actually tucked into the inside of the radius bone in your forearm. Flexing your biceps bends your elbow, but also assists turning your palm up.

    Allowing your hands to be positioned thumb forward allows for more recruitment of the biceps.
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    I like the Ergons with the bar ends. Count me as one of the weirdos.
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    Love them for climbing and short out of saddle sprints, and to just add variety for hand positron.

    Prefer pretty short straight ones or very slight ski bend. But both my MTB are pretty old school straight bar setups.

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    I use ergons without their bar ends... I always break ergon bar ends... So I use the old school bar ends... I cut them down to a reasonable length with a hacksaw...

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    No. But do love TOGS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    FYI, you can remove the bar ends from Ergon grips and clamp them on many lock-on grips with ease. I think you can use them alone as well. so if you like the feel of stubby Ergon bar ends, just use them without the winged grips.
    Good to know! I'll have to try this.

    I do like having bar ends for grinding up low cadence, steep climbs where I need to manage my power output to keep from blowing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    Count me as one of the weirdos.
    We knew that long before you revealed the usage of bar ends.
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    - old Forte CF ergo bar ends......just recently put them back on my rigid SS 29er for comfort......like 'em.......
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    Not using bar ends, but mostly because my current SS is a DJ bike with two brakes. Been like that for at least seven years now.

    I'd try bar ends on a dedicated XC type SS.

    Watch out for those gravel bikes BTW. Some of them are getting XC wide tires, while their drop bar shapes keep evolving.
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    I'm using bar ends on two bikes currently. For long rides I especially covet them because of the possible variations in grip help me keep my hands more comfortable. The main thing is that they are great for climbing. But these two bikes have rigid forks.

    Now, on suspension fork bikes, I am not using them. On these bikes I have wide bars, which are appropriate for climbing and descending.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns View Post
    I'm using bar ends on two bikes currently. For long rides I especially covet them because of the possible variations in grip help me keep my hands more comfortable. The main thing is that they are great for climbing. But these two bikes have rigid forks.

    Now, on suspension fork bikes, I am not using them. On these bikes I have wide bars, which are appropriate for climbing and descending.



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