Handlebars are the part of the bike where the rider holds onto for grip and steering of the bike.

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New stem, bars & shifters on old Bridgestone 700

I recently bought a 1980's Bridgestone 700. I have trouble feeling confident on this bike between the narrow drop bars and the downtube shifter. This is my all-steel commuter and I'd like to put ...
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drum brakes and drop handle bars

I have sturmey archer xfdd and xrd5. Which brake lever are suitable for these and drop handle bars. The cable is road type with a barrel rather than a nipple.
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Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?

I've never had a bike with drop handlebars, but may get one for commuting in busy London (likely a single-speed with mechanical disc brakes). This would mean riding with my hands mostly on the hoods, ...
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triathlon handlebars for ultegra di2

I recently bought a Canyon AL 9.0 Di2 bike and would like to mount a triathlon handlebars on it. My ultimate desire would be able to have the gear switchers both on the triathlon and the bike's ...
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How high should brake levers be on drop bars?

How high on the curve of the drop bars should brake levers be placed? Also, how does the angle of the drop bars affect the brake position? If these settings are dependant on body shape and ...
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Handlebars for an upright seated position

After injuring my neck, shoulder and arm on a fall from my bike I need the type of handlebar that you see more commonly on a cruiser bike. ie that is one that gives you anupright sitting position. ...
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Different kinds of Handlebars

What different kinds of bike handle bars are there? All kinds welcome, the common and the nameless. If possible include the pros and cons of the bar One bar per post
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How is the width of drop bars measured?

I'm looking to replace my current drop bars. I like the width just fine and would like to get a new set that is the same width (or at least close to it). How is the width measured? Is it the overall ...
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difference in aero bar design

I see that there are many types of aero bars, i.e., different designs. I am going to buy one but I am not sure which one is better. Here are two types of aero bar designs: Type1 Type2 The ...
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Can I convert flat bar to drop bars on a hybrid bike

I'm fairly certain that the bars should change out quite easily; I'm more concerned about the shifters and brakes. Currently I have a hybrid 18 speed with cable disc brakes and Shimano Deore XT ...
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How do you make the handlebar stem straight?

I adjusted my stem height the other day, and since then, the stem hasn't felt straight. I've attempted to straighten it a few times, but because I'm just eyeballing it, the handlebars don't quite seem ...
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upsweep and backsweep for mtb handlebars

Characteristics of the following bars for MTB are: • 780mm wide • 30mm rise • 5˚ up-sweep • 7˚ back-sweep I know what effects do the width and rise have on the feel and riding. But what about ...
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A bike for city commute - disc brakes, bar-end shifters, tires

I'm planning on buying a bike for city commute. My commute to work is approximately 12km (7.5 miles) one way. I live in Vancouver which means: I'll be riding in rainy weather frequently. I'll be ...
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Does handlebar tape go inside the bar, under the bar-end shifter, when using bar-end shifters?

I'm installing bar-end shifters for the first time (Shimano 9-speeds, for what it's worth) and was wondering if I should be running the tape over the bottom of the handlebar with surplus to insert ...
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Why are 3 inches mountain bike handlebar hard to find? [closed]

I'm looking for a new handlebar, ideally 3 inches. But looking in some of the online shops it seems quite hard to get 31.8mm bar clamp diameter handlebar with 3" rise. Do you know if there is any ...
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Straight or Drop handlebars?

Can someone explain to me the pros/cons of drop or straight? I've never used drops before and have never owned a good road bike (just cheap mountain bikes) - I am buying a decent single speed soon and ...
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How to cut carbon handlebars

Last year, I installed carbon bars on one of my mountain bikes and I'm finding them too wide. I've been told that taping over the points you're going to cut at will prevent fraying/roughness, but what ...
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Getting used to narrower handlebars

Just switched from flat to drop bars which are narrower that the original flats. Also, to compensate the "depth" of the riding position, I took a shorter stem (60mm instead of 105mm). Because of ...
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Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?

I live in a mountainous area, and so there are lots of opportunities for descending at high speed. I currently have a bike with drop bars, and when in the drops, I feel very stable doing this. I am ...
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Extend drop bars with additional positions

I have my touring bike set up with drop bars, very similar to this: However, after riding all day for a few days, I tend to miss additional position(s) to avoid minor annoyances such as "numb ...
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handlebar setup/selection to mitigate wrist pain on multiday rides

On my first multi-day bike tour the only physical trouble I had after a several long days on my bike was pain in the wrists. My current touring bike setup has drop bars with a long fork. I chose the ...
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Drop-Downs on Fixie

Does anyone know if using drop-downs on a fixie every becomes problematic. I just bought a rather heavy drop down bar set; I go back in forth between single speed and fixed. I love riding with them ...
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Shock absorbing handlebar tape - recommendations?

Any recommendations for shock absorbing handlebar tape? I have a very harsh bike with drop bars (cheap alum frame and HD wheels, frame limits tires to 28mm) so I'm doing what I can to minimize the ...
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Recommended handlebar style for short daily commute?

I am looking to buy a bicycle for a San Francisco city commute totalling 4.1 miles (about 6.6km) in each direction. My question is, what handlebar position (and riding position) would be recommended ...
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Clicking handlebar

Over the last couple of months I've noticed a clicking (well, kinda a clicking, kinda a clicking metallic twang) coming from my handlebars when I pull from side to side - usually when I take off from ...
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How to use drop handlebars properly?

This might seem like a really basic question, but there's no harm in asking. I've never had a bicycle with drop handlebars. I've always had sort of standard horizontal bars with only one hand ...
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How do I use retro drop down handlebars with no hoods?

The preface this, I am just going to say that I am awful on a bicycle. I have recently gotten a bike that I love, it's beautiful, and I love riding it, however the drop handlebars have no hoods so ...
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Looking for an alternative to the Speedlifter Twist / quickly rotate handlebars solution

I'm looking for an alternative to the Speedlifter Twist: http://www.speedlifter.com/twist.php?L=en The only function I'm interested in is the parking feature where I can turn my handlebar 90˚. I have ...
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How to stop handlebar from creaking

Ever since I bought my hybrid bike the handlebars creak. It is worse when torquing them such as climbing a hill, but just shifting my weight on the bars will make them creak. The problem gets much ...
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What brand is this handlebar stem?

I just purchased a used bike recently and I am curious to the make of my handlebar stem. Would anyone be able to identify the brand logo?
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Securing sliding bar grips without hair spray?

I have some Bell anatomic handlebar grips that tend to slide (rotate) on the bar. I've read that using hair spray is useful, but tends to be rather permanent. I'd like to make the grip tackier but not ...
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How do I make a MTB shifter fit on a Road dropbar?

I'm about to buy a MTB, since we don't have cyclocrosses here in my country. I'd like to have a road dropbar, but can't spend money on a road shifter like tiagra sti. I know the mtb handlebars are ...
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Aerobars on a hybrid

I got a set of aerobars for free and decided to install them on my hybrid. 1) I just tried them and feel a bit unstable. After checking it out online, I see this is normal, but I wonder if there is ...
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Will a road brake lever work with a v-brake?

I'm planning on changing my commuter handlebar to a drop handlebar. As the diameters are different, I need to know if the new brake lever will work with the existing v-brakes. (My intention is to ...
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Gary Fisher 09 Cobia - Handlebar Upgrade

So I bought this bike used, and it has incredibly narrow handlebars. I don't like the feeling of things being so tight, and I'm looking to replace them. Also, I think my bike fit is a little off (I ...
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How to avoid or reduce back-pain by adjusting the handlebar and seat of 19.5" MTB?

I'm 6' 3" long, having 45 inches of waist-Toe length. I bought Trek 3500, 19.5" sized frame bicycle two months ago. I've been experimenting with the handlebar and seat positions(Forward n Backward) to ...
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Do bar-ends with brake levers exist?

I'd like to have those upward bar-ends, but with brake levers attached. It's pretty hard to explain without a picture, but I hope someone understands what I'm looking for. Does anything like this ...
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How do I make a road brake lever work alongside a mtb brake lever

If I manage to get a dropbar on my mtb and want to use both the MTB brake lever AND the road dropbar brake lever (like the Tiagra STI, but no gear shifting)... Is it possible? Can they use the same ...
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Can replacing my handlebar tape help reduce finger numbness?

Despite changing hand positions often and switching to more "cushiony" gel gloves, I'm still experiencing intermittent numbness when I ride (sometimes I get tingling and sometimes not). Are certain ...
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What advantages are there in mounting a butterfly bar with a drop instead of a rise?

I own a tourer with a butterfly bar mounted with the near flats rising. This puts the far flats rising towards the outside of my wrists. I have, however, seen butterfly bars mounted so that compared ...
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How have you setup your tri-bars?

I'm getting some tri-bars for Christmas and I've been told by the bike shop how to set them up on the bike, but I'd like to get some tips from lots of different people. Up-close photos would be great. ...
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How long should I expect handlebar tape to last?

I assume that if handlebar tape is grimy, torn, or peeling, it should be replaced. How long should I expect handlebar tape to last before it needs to be replaced? How often do most cyclists replace ...
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What are the positions on drop bars called?

I've heard the different places to put your hands on drop bars given different names, like "hoods" which I think is the flat part on top or maybe the brake levers, or "drops", referring to the lowest ...
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Measuring stem clamp / handlebar diameter

I have a new-ish Bianchi Cortina hybrid that I'm trying to find suitable drop bars for, but I can't figure out the proper size to get. It seems like the bars mostly come in 25.4mm, 26mm and 31.8mm. ...
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How do I correctly set the angle of my drop bars

Are there any tricks to setting the correct angle for the drop bars on my road bike, when adjusting my handlebars in the stem? Is it just a matter of personal preference or is there a general ...
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Are drop bars suitable for winter commuting?

I've been told by somewhat knowledgable people that drop bars aren't suitable for winter cycling in snow and ice. Is there any validity to this? If so, why, and which style of handle bar would be ...
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Can I put drop handlebars on my commuter bike?

I want to put drop handlebars on my commuter bike which has a straight bar. The guy at the bike store said that drop handlebars are too thick to fit my standard brake/shift system. I don't want to ...
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Bar end brakes and handlebar swapping

I have one road bike that I use mostly for commuting, sometimes for fast alone rides and infrequently for group rides. I was thinking that since most of my riding is alone I should put my tri bars ...
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Drop Handlebars on an Old Bike

I'm shopping around for a vintage bike (maybe an old Raleigh or Schwinn), but I'm looking for two things: Fenders and a Chain Guard Drop Handlebars I'm starting to think that drop handlebars are ...
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How is bicycle fit affected by switching from a riser bar to a flat bar?

I have a 2009 Kona Dew that comes with handlebars that have a rise in them. I've noticed that I feel pretty upright while biking so I'm looking to get into a more aerodynamic position. Looking at ...