This might be a silly question, but, are the "admin bar" and the so-called "buddy bar" the same thing?
The recent version of Worppress has added its own front-end admin bar. On a recent install I'm working on, if I activate it in my user profile, then I see it on the site, but of course it has only WP links, and not the Buddypress links I'm expecting. So I'm kind of assuming they are different....
Otherwise, no admin bar appears. So I feel like it's the Buddypress bar that for some reason isn't showing up, but I don't know where to look. I'm using the BP default template...