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Fitting bar ends

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by custardpie, 18 Feb 2008.

  1. custardpie

    custardpie New Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Hi, have recently purchased a new bike (still a bit of a novice with all this) - Trek 7.2 FX hybrid which has flat handlebars. I have a pair of Bontrager bar ends to fit to it (going in for a 'fun' triathlon in June!) - how do you fit them - do you have to chop off part of the existing grips which seem to widen at the ends? Any ideas gratefully received!;)
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Chop the end of the grips off and move everything inwards on the bar.

    Or chop enough off the grips to fit the ends on without having to move everything. You won't have much hand space this way though.
     
  3. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    Hi there. Welcome to the forum.

    Normally to fit bar ends, you do have to move the gearshifters, the brake levers and the bar grips in by about an inch or so. The first two just require their pinch bolt to be slackened and then the grips will sometimes just slide across and sometimes they need a bit of 'lube' before they can be coaxed in to move along.

    Cheap hairspray is the best thing to use. Pry the grip away from the bars a little with a blunt screwdriver and squirt the hair spray under. It not only slides easily, but quickly evaporates to help fix the grip in place. Another application of the spray will just as easily get it unstuck again at anytime in the future.

    The plug in the end of the bars will usually stay in place and the bar ends can be fitted over the top and angled to suit your needs.

    Make sure everything is tightened back up.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    custardpie

    custardpie New Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Thanks - thought this might be the case. Looks like the end of the grip is integral so it will be a chopping off job. Thanks for all the tips
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest


    or just get some ODIs...
     
  6. OP
    OP
    custardpie

    custardpie New Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Er... thought that was something to do with cricket?
     
  7. cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Thanks for this, I am about to get some myself, I am already using my gears/brakes closer in and find it much better but have not been sure about cutting the ends off, this now solves a big problem for me without having to ask! ;)
     
  8. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Come on Bonj, what are ODIs??
     
  9. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest