With the South Downs Way in a day ride coming up, I’ve been looking to get my Trek Fuel Ex8 sorted and with the thoughts of a 12hr day in a saddle I’ve been thinking about all day comfort. On this sort of ride hands need to be comfortable and the obvious answer is… bar ends… I know it wrong to like them…
A visit down to CycleWorks last weekend and I was the owner of a par of Specialised P2 Overendz. They are “moulded” composite material with hand shaped curves. A quick inboard shuffle of the grips/brakes/gears and the bar ends were on and I was ready to go.
As soon I started riding on Sunday morning I was taken back 15years to the last time I rode with bar ends. Immediately my hands were shifting across the bars to find different postions and when I got to the first hill… my god… that felt good. What had I been missing?
Why did they feel so good? Maybe it’s because I ride the road so much and climbing position on the bar ends mimics this? I’ve never felt quite comfortable on a MTB climbing with normal bars thinking that I wasn’t getting the power down, especially out of the saddle. However on the weekend ride I rode out of the saddle on the climbs more than I had for any ride this year.
The dilemma now is. How shallow am I? I love the feel of the bar ends but can I put up with the looks?