Bar Mitts Installation and Sizing
Please make sure you have read and understood all the instructions before use. If Bar Mitts have any creases, leave them in the baggie and put them in the sun for a short time. The heat will help flatten the creases.
Installation for Mountain Flat Bars
- Open zipper and the two velcro straps next to zipper.
- Slide the zipper opening over bar end, brake lever and shifters.
- Secure velcro straps on inside of Mitt around bar end. This keeps Mitts in place while in use. The easiest way to secure the velcro is to slide one hand through the cuff opening and one hand through the zipper opening.
- Zip up zipper and secure velcro straps at handlebar end cables.
Installation for Road Drop Bars with Internally Routed Cables (Campagnolo / SRAM / Shimano)
- Holes with velcro tabs will face inside towards hadlebar stem for installation.
- Open velcro tabs at cuff and velcro cinch at small opening of Mitt. Slide the large opening of Mitt onto the drop of the handlebar and up over brake lever and shifters while feeding bar end through the small hole with cinch.
- Secure velcro around handlebar top.
- Secure and tighten velcro cinch at drop of handlebar. This will keep Mitts in place while in use.
Installation for Road Drop Bars with Externally Routed Cables (Older Shimano)
- Zipper and hole with velcro tabs should face inside toward handlebar stem for installation.
- Open zipper and velcro tabs. Slide the large opening of Mitt onto the drop of handlebar and up over brake levers and shifters while feeding bar end through small hole of Mitt. Shift cable should be fully seated at zipper end at hood.
- Secure velcro tabs around handlebar and zip up zipper.
- Secure velcro tab over zipper pull. This will keep zipper in closed position.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you determine size for Flat Bars?
Small / Medium works with regular or varying thickness of cycling gloves or no gloves. Large and X-Large work with heavier and bulkier gloves and clothing for cold climates.
How do you determine size for Drop Bars?
You can go by the glove size you would normally wear. The difference from small to medium and medium to large is about 1" around the opening where you slide your hands in and out of the Mitts.
If you are tall but thin, I would lean towards a small to medium. If you are thick and husky, I would suggest a medium to large. I am 5' 8", 160 pounds and use a small. When it is cold, I want my forearm to fill the hole as much as possible to limit air getting out.
Do Bar Mitts replace gloves?
Not necessarily. Some do ride without gloves, but for most Bar Mitts drastically reduce required glove thickness, increasing dexterity.
How difficult is getting a hand in and out of Bar Mitts?
Getting in and out of the Bar Mitts is a natural movement. The mitts stay open so you can slide your hand in and out with no problem.
How should they be washed?
hand wash cold, do not bleach, dry flat, do not tumble dry, do not dry clean
Riding no hands is dangerous and can result in a crash with Bar Mitts installed. Due the the added surface area created by the Bar Mitts, cross winds can cause an unexpected turn.