in addition to several road bikes i have several fixed-gear bikes. one of those i've built specifically for long distance rides. i rode it from san francisco to los angeles twice, i've done centuries and double centuries on it, et cetera. the only problem was that without brakes, i had no hoods on which to comfortably climb. i always found myself in the deep drops to power up grades, which worked just fine, but it was NOT comfortable. needless to say, this product solved the problem perfectly. now i have all the positions of a proper road bike, despite not having brakes. highly, HIGHLY recommended if you find yourself in the same boat. the installation is exactly the same as road brake levers, and they're very comfortable. you may find yourself wanting for different colors if you like to construct bright palettes on your bikes, but otherwise you'll most assuredly be happy if you find yourself wanting that one extra position that i did.
Installed these on my road fixie. I use only one bar end brake lever for a front brake on Origin 8 drops. I really wanted hoods for multiple hand positions but did not need actual brake levers since I only run the one brake. These provided the perfect solution. Installation was simple. The clamps hold firmly for out of saddle climbing. The rubber molded hoods have a great feel and the textured material provides a great gripping surface. I got another set for my SS/fixed CX with flared drops. Since my primary hand position is low on the hooks, I can't reach the levers. Bar end brake levers solved that. So these provide an alternate hand position for times when I want to stretch out a bit upright with hands on the hoods. Great product for atypical bar/brake lever configurations.
I purchased this for my fixed gear bike. I wish they were functional "shorty" levers but for what I'm using it for and the price I paid, I'm satisfied with it being just an additional hand position on the drop bars. Item came packaged in a retail branded package ziplock bag. Overall, I'm happy with the item and recommend it to anyone who wants to add a cool looking extension to their drop bars.
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