Okay, the plates are done and they look great:
So now to the nitty gritty:
The total cost for the KH stiffener plates, mounting hardware, 6061 T6 tubing for the mount, Fabrication, and the KH Freestyle Seat Bumper was $55.
I decided to let you all be responsible for getting bar ends, that saves me the trouble and gives you a choice
After dinner tonight with the loveley and talented Mrs Nurse Ben, I will send you each a PM with my PayPal account name. The sooner I get the payment, the sooner I send the mount
All I ask is that you post a review once you’ve had a chance to ride with the bar end grab handle. My big plan is for KH or someone else to start building these things for retail sale
The KH Stiffener fits current KH seats
The KH Seat Bumper and Bar End will replace the KH Grab Handle
Before installation you need to:
- Buy some bar ends
- Cut down the non dominant bar end to serve as a brake mount
- Trim a half moon of plastic from the seat bumper where is contacts the mount
Once you have everything ready, install the plate loosely, saving the bolts closest to the nose of the seat for last. The seat bumper goes on the outside of the plate, NOT between the seat and plate.
There are not many choices that will work with this mount, so keep this in mind before buying; it might be a good idea to bring your uni to the shop.
The mount is set back from the nose of the seat, so you need long bar ends in order to have enough to grab. Some bar ends are better than others, $15-$20 USD will get you a decent set of forged bar ends (better than welded).
Each person likes things a little different, so I’ll tell you how I set up mine and then you can play around with yours.
I’m Right hand dominant, so my bar end grab handle is set up so it points Down and curves to the Left.
The brake mount will be cut down from the unused bar end. I like to leave a couple inches so I slide the brake closer or further depending on the brake style.
The brake mount goes onto the plate mount AFTER the grab handle bar end.
The brake mount points toward the REAR of the seat and angles DOWNWARD.
Suggested Bar Ends:
Performance Bicycles Forte OS http://ts2.mm.bing.net/thumb/get?bid=qqQiSv1to7KhQA&bn=CC&fbid=7wIR63%2BClmj%2B0A&fbn=CC
Trek System 2 http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Trek-Bicycle-Curved-Bar-Ends-Purple-system-2-/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/$(KGrHqJHJC!E8fh-MFU9BPLpDkR2sg
Power Tools http://www.bicyclewarehouse.com/merchant/328/images/large/PowerTools-30-085-210-RGB.jpg
Bar ends that will work, but need to be used with some caution:
The adjustable bar ends, these are very nice, but they can strip out, so don’t overtighten the clamp bolt http://i.ebayimg.com/t/New-Tranz-X-MTB-Adj-Long-Type-Bike-Bar-Ends-Black-/00/$(KGrHqJ,!g4E3uZ0zMfJBOJS!sDSq!~~_12.JPG
Profile Designs, these are nice bar ends, but they are larger diameter so the non dominant bar end will not work as a brake mount http://www.bicyclewarehouse.com/images/library/large/profile_box_barend_08_m.jpg
Non Suggested Bar Ends:
The generic welded bar ends that have a #8 in a paisley, they are weak and can break/strip http://i.ebayimg.com/t/MOUNTAIN-ATB-MTB-BICYCLE-BAR-ENDS-BARENDS-SHORT-BLACK-/21/!Bjz7HigBGk~$(KGrHqQH-DwEs-pIEZygBLU7eM,m5!
Pyramid bare ends, these are press fit, so not welded or forged, can weaken and break: http://i.ebayimg.com/t/MOUNTAIN-ATB-MTB-BICYCLE-BAR-ENDS-BARENDS-SHORT-SILVER-/04/!Bjz5jN!CGk~$(KGrHqEH-C8Es9NdLRN3BLU7ZHoJo!
Set Up Pics: Note that these are old pics that show the bumper on the wrong side of the plate, so don’t do it that way as it’ll end up bending the plate.