THE UNCOOL REINDEER
Q: Last year I moved out to Colorado, leaving behind most of my stuff in a storage unit until I got settled in at my new home. I couldn’t take not riding, so I bought a Yeti SB130, which seems to be the coolest bike to have in my new neck of the woods. I can honestly say it’s my favorite bike yet. Last month I had my storage unit of stuff mailed out to my new house and was reunited with my old Niner single-speed hardtail. Upon the first ride, I had a guy make fun of my bike for having “antlers.” It took me a while to realize that this guy was talking about my bar ends. Are bar-end hand grips no longer cool to have?
Crested Butte, Colorado
A: First of all, congrats on your new ride. Sounds like you scored an awesome new bike. Now, on to your old bike. Yeah, sorry to say it, but bar ends haven’t been cool since around 2005. Sure, they offer additional hand positions, but they often do more harm than good. We can’t even count the number of crash stories we have heard about riders clipping their antlers on trees. Now, if hand comfort is a concern of yours while ripping your single-speed, you may want to consider trying new grips. Something with a more ergonomic palm support might relieve the pressure on your hands as you mash up the trails.
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