BAR END MITTS – MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Earlier today I received a pair of bar end mitts I had ordered a couple of days ago. I installed them after getting home from my daily ride, but I wasn’t feeling like going back out to try them. However, later on I decided to try them out. It is a good day for it as it is windy today and feels pretty cold as a result. They definitely made a difference as far as greatly reducing the wind I feel on my hands. In fact, I can’t say that I felt any wind on my hands so they are doing their intended job. I only wore a pair of wool gloves inside of them hoping that the wool gloves would be sufficient to keep my hands warm. They weren’t. This disappointed me as wearing anything more will be a little problematic as there just isn’t a whole lot of room inside of the bar end mitts. Having the bar end mitts installled presents problems as the handlebars are no longer accessable like they were before. I have to use the handlebars to lift my trike up and down out of the back of my truck. And using the locking brake lever is quite difficult now with the bar end mtts installed. I don’t know how much difference there is between brands, but these I bought just don’t allow much room inside. The brake levers are right up against the front of the bar end mitts making them harder to use. Also it would be best not to have my fingers come in contact with the bar end mitts when using the brakes as in doing so coldness is transferred via conduction. I have twist shifters and with the bar end shifters they are very difficult to use to shift gears. So the verdict is out at this point in time. I just wish they was a lot more room inside of them so that these issues were non-issues. If I have to use additional gloves or mittens on my hands to keep my hands warm using the bar end mitts is going to be even more problematic. I will let you know further down the road how it all works out. Meanwhile I hope to …

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About Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (@gmail.com)

Posted on December 28, 2018, in accessories, clothing, rider comfort, tadpole trikes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Excellent review Steve! I have always wondered if these mitts would interfere with operation of the handlebar controls. At least your hands are considerably warmer than without the mitts. On my morning rides here at the ocean, my fingers get quite cold, even though I have expensive wind and waterproof gloves on. I have not found a glove yet that allows my fingers and knuckles to retain warmth, thus I have to stop now and then to warm up my hands and gloves.

    • On my ride today I was at first impressed with the shielding from the wind and the fact that my hands seemed to stay warm, but within 30 minutes my hands started gettng cold. Also it was so crowded inside of the bar end mitts that I was thinking that they must be made for a 4 year old’s hands. It was impossible for me to shift my gears and using the brake levers was challenging as stated in my posting the bar end mitts are right up against the brake levers. I can’t recommend these. Someone told me to get the bar end mitts for motorcycles and ATVs as they are considerably larger they said.

  2. Hola Steve

    I now have a set of Barr Mitts and I have found out that I needed to cut a small “slot” at the top over the area where my Brake Cables go. Now everything is very OK.

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