I have heard several times that bar ends are dangerous and can impale you in a nasty crash. Is this true? Has anyone had personal experience or heard of anyone being hurt by bar ends during a crash?
The bar ends of my Ergon GS2's are a pliable plastic/rubber combination and are about as sharp as the end of a football. I would be much much more concerned about debri on and around the trail then my bar ends...
i had this happen to me at the boggs mountain demonstration forest in 1999. i used my left hand to keep me from falling down into an embankment but planted the meaty part of my palm by the thumb right onto a protruding twig, a quarter inch or so of which remained in my left hand...unbeknownst to me...until it started to come out on the other side four months later...i am not kidding you.I worry about being impaled by the stubby remnants of pine tree branches much more than any part hanging on my bike.
Nice research!Found a couple links with a quick search:
1) Read the section under the heading "abdominal viscera" at this link: http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/85/1/101.full
2) Also read the abstract here: Elsevier
So bar-end injuries would seem not to be urban legend.