How to Install Bar Ends for Your Bike

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How to Install Bar Ends for Your Bike
Install Bar Ends for Your Bike

Handlebar extensions (also known as bar ends) will improve your comfort on the bike and boost your climbing ability. Installing them yourself will save you some money.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Bike Handlebar Extensions
  • Bike Tools

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Loosen the bolts on the shifters and brake levers.

    How to Install Bar Ends for Your Bike
  2. 2

    Make a mental note of the angle at which your shifters and brake levers were attached.

  3. 3

    Move the shifters and brake levers toward the center of the handlebars.

  4. 4

    Remove the grips. See "Replace Bike Grips," under Related eHows.

    How to Install Bar Ends for Your Bike
  5. 5

    You will need to cut the ends of the grips before you reinstall them. Many grips will have a marked groove that you can cut with scissors.

    How to Install Bar Ends for Your Bike
  6. 6

    Reinstall the grips, sliding them far enough onto the bar to allow room for your bar ends.

  7. 7

    Install the bar ends. Tighten them with a 5-mm Allen wrench. Be careful not to overtighten them, as you can damage the bar.

    How to Install Bar Ends for Your Bike
  8. 8

    Reposition the shifters and brake levers, and tighten their bolts.

Tips and warnings

  • You may find you need to readjust the angle of your bar ends after a test ride. Experiment until you find a location that is comfortable for you.

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