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Barkbusters - Yay or Nay?

New bike doesn't have them, but with the Twinwall bars the options are limited. Begs the question - do I put them on at all?

Last two bikes had them, and might have saved some levers and a few scraped knuckles over the years. Not sure. I ride mostly trails, and very slowly.

I hear polarized opinions on whether or not the barkbusters do anything, or worse if they break wrists etc. in awkward crashes.

Thoughts?

If I put them on at all - I would likely consider something like this:



https://shop.enduroeng.com/cgi-bin/c...&category=10_0

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EDIT: I don't ride fast enough to stay in someone's roost for very long, so I don't think I need the whole setup with the plastic and stuff.

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If you ride mostly trails I say absolutely YES...Quite frankly, I've never heard of a "barkbuster" causing an injury but, I can attest to how many times they've saved my hands and fingers from some pretty solid blows that could have done some painful damage. Their protection of levers and controls is an added bonus.
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Yes, barkbusters. They also keep bars from getting bent. I have not purchased a set of bars since I started using them.
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New bike doesn't have them, but with the Twinwall bars the options are limited. Begs the question - do I put them on at all?

Last two bikes had them, and might have saved some levers and a few scraped knuckles over the years. Not sure. I ride mostly trails, and very slowly.

I hear polarized opinions on whether or not the barkbusters do anything, or worse if they break wrists etc. in awkward crashes.

Thoughts?

If I put them on at all - I would likely consider something like this:



https://shop.enduroeng.com/cgi-bin/c...&category=10_0

Thanks!


EDIT: I don't ride fast enough to stay in someone's roost for very long, so I don't think I need the whole setup with the plastic and stuff.

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The ones you have in your pic are the kind that will spin around and do bad things to your wrist. I think grasshopper had that happen to him at Buffalo, that said I run similar to those.

Brad (Club57) said he didn't like them and the only ones he would consider are the little plastic ones that will snap out of the way.

Fastway makes some that replace your top handlebar clamps and use that as a mount point so they don't spin around the bar as easily.
http://crfsonly.com/reviews/fastway-...-handguard.php


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What did the BArk ever do to you to cause you such angst against it? All this "Busting" talk has me concerned Patrick - Maybe we need to look at this on a deeper level, like going back to your childhood - I know it was pretty standard and your father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. I know your mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. I know your father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. I also know your childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring you'd make meat helmets. When you were insolent you were placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 you received your first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved your testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.

But aside from that, did you ever ride out to the Honeycomb Hideout?

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I'm not Evil. I'm misunderstood! Truth be told, I'm not really a Doctor either.

I did manage to find the Hideout one time. There was some weird shit going down there, like the Blair Witch stuff with less motion sickness. Never going back there again - I can just eat Chex!

Thanks for all the help ya'll. Handguards are on a truck - ETA to the "how the fuck do I install these?" thread is 3 business days.


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ETA to the "how the fuck do I install these?" thread is 3 business days.

I see a trip to Plainfiled with Bloodies on the not so distant Horizon

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I like the cut of your jib.

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I like the cut of your jib.
Thx - I try and do Zumba at least twice a week

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Oh it totally shows! I mean it's like it defies gravity now. Been tempted to rest my beer on it more than once.

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Been tempted to rest my beer on it more than once.
If I had a Dollar........

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Wait...what's a Zumba? I thought you said Roomba!

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Wait...what's a Zumba? I thought you said Roomba!
Its not a thing, its a lifestyle......

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