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bar-end shi-fers

Noun, Verb

A type of bicycle shifter mounted on the ends of the handlebars.

Example usage: 'I upgraded my bike with bar-end shifters for a smoother shifting experience.'

Most used in: Mountain biking and touring applications.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists who want a more precise shifting experience.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Drop-Bar Shifters, Down-Tube Shifters, Brifters, Bar-Con Shifters,

What Are Bar-End Shifters?

Bar-end shifters are a type of gear-shifting mechanism used on many road and touring bicycles. They are mounted on the ends of handlebars and are operated by the rider's thumbs. These shifters are popular due to their ease of use and ergonomic design.

Bar-end shifters are connected to the bike's derailleurs, which are responsible for changing the gears. The shifters send signals to the derailleurs, which move the chain across the sprockets and change the gears. This allows the rider to select the most suitable gear for the terrain.

Bar-end shifters are found on an estimated 80% of road bikes and touring bicycles. They are especially popular among riders who prefer a more traditional cycling experience. Their ergonomic design and easy-to-reach shifting mechanism make them a great choice for many riders.


The History of Bar-End Shifters in Cycling

Bar-end shifters are a type of bicycle component used to change gears. They are located at the ends of the handlebars and are operated by pushing or pulling the shifter lever. Bar-end shifters were first introduced in the 1980s in the United States and Europe.

The term “bar-end shifters” was first used in the early 1990s by bicycle component manufacturer Shimano. Shimano developed the first bar-end shifters as an alternative to the more traditional down-tube shifters.

Bar-end shifters are now commonly used by road cyclists and mountain bikers. They are preferred by some riders due to their ease of use and their ability to be used in a variety of hand positions.

Bar-end shifters have become an integral part of cycling and have been used by riders of all levels for over two decades.

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