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Av Christian Jensen17. February 2019

Barends Togs Parts

At the fair, one comes across quite a bit of different gear. Sometimes there are large products and some times small pieces. Togs are one of the small details. The inventor himself was at the fair and after a long conversation I was invited to bring a copy home for testing.

It is therefore stated that this product is given to sykkelhjulet.no for testing, but that testing should be carried out as objectively as possible.

Togs festet på styret
Togs on the handle bar

Togs ends up at 20 grams when put on the scale. According to the manufacturer, they should weigh 19 grams so this is absolutely within expectation. I draw associations to the Bar Ends that I used on my mountain bike almost ten years ago. The purpose of Togs is quite similar as Bar Ends. They should provide an alternative handle to relieve arms when cycling.

I have a tendency to put my thumb over the handle bar when I ride. It is by no means recommended, but the thumb slides back under the handle bar as the terrain becomes somewhat rough. According to the developer of the product, this was also something that came naturally with Togs mounted.

The reason why one should not put the thumb over the handle bar is simply because one can lose control and grip if there is an unevenness in the track in front. There is nothing to hold on to the bar and one will fall.

Togs are simply a plastic part with rubber-coated thumb grips. Even with mittens, as on the test images above, this works well. It is worth noting that Togs does not sit 100% fixed. They are made with a weak part which means that they cannot be screwed tightly to the handlebars. With a little force for you twist them. That is, you can adjust them, but it also means you can force them out of position if you put too much strain on them.

I tried to provoke this in a couple of uphill and the Togs twists as you get into standing position and add weight to the grip. It is possible to tighten further, but I am not convinced that this is safe over time. What works really well is to change the grip when sitting on the bike and not depending on the brakes.

What is an added bonus with Togs and that is that they also work with mittens. On one of the trips it was -10oC and it was actually great to be able to put your thumb together with the rest of the fingers. I didn’t get as cold as I usually get when the temperature creeps down to two-digit numbers. I will test this more, but the first impression is that it gets warmer as long as one manages to use Togs for a while when biking.

Bar ends are considered dangerous by some organizers and riders. Therefore, there are not as many people biking with them anymore. Bicycling in the forest makes it easy for bar ends to get stuck in twigs and trees. If you participate in races, they can attach to other cyclists and lead to crashes. Togs are fastened further inwards and therefore do not endanger others and since they will rotate with a lot of load, they will not be dangerous for the rider.

Personally I think Togs are quite interesting where you have low intensity sections. Typical transport distances between trails or longer uphill rides where you go at low intensity.

I will continue the use of Togs this winter and see how good there on the fat bike. When spring comes, they will be mounted on the mountain bike to see what use they can have there.

Christian Jensen

Sivilingeniør, terrengsyklist og relativt datakyndig. Ble bitt av sykkeldilla i ung alder, men først i 2008 slo det ut for fullt. Krydrer gjerne tilværelsen med gåturer og skigåing. Har siden 2009 bidratt på Sykkelhjulet.no og gjør det fortsatt. Trives best i skogen på sykkel, gjerne med følge og kamerautstyr.