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Hi,

I have a flatbar road bike, and want some extra spots to put my hands on longer rides. I tend to rest my hands in the neutral position on the end of the handlebars because it feels more comfortable.

Having never had bar ends before, there seems to be a few different styles.

http://www.batesbikes.com.au/catalogue/c165/p2732 - I like that they have rubber on them to absorb some road vibrations, and tapered to your hands which is great.

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/p_72_PRO__LBEND_FORGED_BARENDS__More_Power_More_Leverage_More_Comfort - Usual style, which give you extra length, but don't have any - but is it really necessary?

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Profile-Design-Boxer-Bar-Ends-Long - same as above, but even longer.

So would you guys recommend the smaller rubberised ones, or the standard metal ones with a curve in the end?

Thanks!
 

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Thanks. Cause I live in Australia, I'm sort of limited to choice... haha.

Was more looking at if the metal ones are better than the smaller rubber ones or vise versa etc..
 

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I have metal ones similar to your second and third choises and dont like them . My vote is for the first choise , the rubber coated ones .
 

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my preference would be the 2nd ones. I've used some similar to the 1st, but didn't feel they gave me enough hand positions. The 2nd and 3rd ones allow you to get your hands out forward of the bars, and that added position can feel pretty nice on a long ride. I believe the 3rd ones are bigger than the 2nd ones, though they don't give the specs (I think the ones they are selling are the top one in the graphic). I've never used the really long ones.

I've only used them on fat-tire bikes, and mostly with suspension. If you're using them on a true road bike (skinny high-pressure tires) you will probably want to use gloves or wrap them (or both).

I personally prefer drop bars on a road bike, but you didn't ask that did you?
 
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