Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
after breaking a ton of levers, a guy in my club installed a MTB bar end as a guard. it's pointed down, and curves in front of his knuckles. anybody else trying this?
I dont know what you mean, sorry
do you have a pic, even if it is from Google?
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here's a picture.
now, imagine the right one installed on the left side, angled down and across, in front of the left hand's knuckles.
To answer your question, yes people do this.
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i think at least two guys from salt lake city have bars that wrap all the way around. not sure what kind of bars they are, but they seem like a good idea for protecting levers and avoiding injury
SLC does this for grass polo more than hardcourt, is how they explained it to me.
i've maybe broken one lever since i started playing polo, uh, 5 or 6 years ago, and i think it was an old piece of shit. I think he has some other issue that should be addressed with other solutions than bar ends. That said, i think that some bar end setups CAN be considered safe.
Try the Paul Canti Lever, they are really tough To top it off, they have great customer service, so if they break, you might get a free/cheap replacement. They also make a V-brake/cable disc brake version. Well worth the money.
I like your polo.
Personally find them to be somewhat of a hazard, whether they be long or short. Good place to have something get caught.
We never worried about them playing grass, nor had any issues with brake levers breaking.
Maybe try squeezing the levers towards you before hitting the wall, you're learning to use those brake lever things on your fixie right?
I think that's what they are for, no?
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I briefly thought that bar-ends were a good idea, and then found that it was a really good way to have your bike get caught on someone else.
I suppose barkbusters would be the real solution to this problem, if you're really concerned about your brake lever.