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

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Choosing a handlebar width

Are there any rules/tips to choosing a handlebar for your bike? I live in a big city, and I've seen fixies with really, really narrow handlebars (presumably to avoid hitting pedestrians?) I ...
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Deterrents against partial (component) theft

Big question: Is there any way to increase the security of bolted on portions of a bicycle? Specifics: I cycle as my primary mode of transport (in East London) on a early 90s steel road bike with ...
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Can lock on grips go with carbon fiber handle bars?

How prudent is it to install lock on grips onto carbon fiber mountain biking handle bars? Are there some grips that will work and some that won't?
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I need help planning my bike renovation!

I'm planning on buying this bike online and making it, well y'know, mine. And to do this, I would like to make it look like an Aristotle bike. So I'm basically am going to need new rims to start and a ...
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Are front forks supposed to pull to centre?

So I took my bike in to the repair shop, to have the rear wheel replaced, but after the repair I noticed immediately the steering feeling a bit strange. I've since worked out why. The problem is that ...
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Reversing Drop Bars

If I need to sit more upright on an old Fuji road bike, can I turn the drop handlebars upright and reversed so that they come up and then point to the rear? I haven't seen anything on the net from ...
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handlebar under-tape (extra layer)?

I'm going to be re-taping my bars for the first time soon, and I was thinking about a putting an extra layer of tape for just slightly increased diameter and padding. I have big hands, but I don't ...
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Bike too big for me

I bought a bike online based on a recommendation that a 56cm frame would be ok for me (I am 5ft 10, with 30" inside leg). However I think it is slightly too big. I have to lean forward a lot and my ...
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Handlebar stem : height vs length

I want to decrease the reach of my handlebars. Does it matter whether I increase the height or get a stem with a smaller length(extension?) on my bike? And is there any way to calculate the ...
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What can cause direction to wobble?

When I cycle I can feel wobbling in the direction. I feel it even more and can even see it if I ride no handed. It gets really bad when I put luggage on my low rider. The bike is a 62cm touring steel ...
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Can I put bullhorn bars on a bike with hydraulic disc brakes

The most comfortable bike I've ever owned was a road bike with bullhorn (aka pursuit) bars. I actually had a pair of STI levers on it, mounted upside down (with the handles pointing forward). They ...
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Will loose handlebars result in slower riding?

I went for a ride this morning and my handlebars were loose. I now realize that it is unsafe to ride like that but my average speed was dramatically lower. Do you think it is because of my loose ...
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Need a method to wrap H-bars with handlebar tape

I've gotten good at wrapping drop bars, using conventional cork tape: You start at the end and work your way up, keeping the tension even and watching the overlap, and it works perfectly for me. But ...
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Why do my handlebars wobble left and right?

I got this bike secondhand, and so I don't know its history/what could have made it like that. And I mean they wobble while I'm holding them, not while I'm riding hands-free only. I've ridden a few ...
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My brake lever is coming loose from my handle bars; how can I tighten it?

I have a road bike with drop bars, and the left brake lever is slightly loose - it can rotate a few degrees around the handle bar from side to side. How can I tighten it? Is it possible to do so ...
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Installing handlebar

I've bought a 25.4 mm bullhorn for my fuji feather 2013, and I tried to install it.Then I've realized that my quill stem is for 26 mm handlebar. Are there any ways to install 25.4 mm handlebar into 26 ...
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V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?

I would like to try the drop handlebar on my touring bicycle that has V-Brakes, and Shimano 9x3 speeds. Are there drop handlebar levers (integrated shifters would be great), that have correct pull ...
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Replacing a shifter

One of my plastic shifters broke and I am looking for a replacement on the internet. How do I know whether a replacement will fit my handlebar. Are all handlebars the same size?
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BMX stem slipping; how to stop?

I recently bought a BMX bike that currently has all stock parts. Recently, with the school and weather, I haven't been able to ride it that much. Anyways, when I picked it up from the shop, the bars ...
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How to prevent the quick-release pin on the Tektro drop brake lever from rattling?

Tektro RL-340 brake levers have a quick release mechanism that, when pushed in, will lengthen the cable to allow to easily disengage the brake from the wheel/disc without needing to deflate the tire. ...
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Handlebar size options

I was given few options to choose the handlebar size for my future road bike. The frame size is 60cm but for the handlebar I have these options: 40x90,40x100,42x100,42x110,44x110,44x120 I measured ...
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After an accident, what next?

Cycling home in the dark a car pulled across me to enter a super market car park. Apparently the car that let him cross didn't remove their full beam so he didn't see me in the cycle lane and I hit ...
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Drop Bar for Lespo Frame?

I've been riding my Lespo single-speed since April, and been contemplating whether to change my handles to a drop bar: Any advice if changing to a drop bar will have a dramatic effect on my fitness ...
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Are cross brake levers with compact drop bar redundant?

I currently have traditional drop bars and cross (interrupter) brake levers. I like the interrupters and use them a lot. But I'm going to get a compact drop bar (FSA Omega Compact bar on order), and ...
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Does the diameter difference between road and mountain bike handlebars make some bikes incompatible?

I'm shopping around for a new set of handlebars, I want to give trekking bars (aka butterfly bars) a try. They're reasonably cheap so I'm willing to dive in as an experiment. I'm wondering though, ...
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Is there a recommended way to center your handlebars?

Is there a best practice for centering your handlebars in the stem? Besides eyeballing it, I actually tried measuring distances but found that depending on where I measured from and to I got different ...
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Vintage Peugeot tends towards the left when riding

I've bought a second hand old peugeot, I really like the bike, but first of all... I'm having a balance problem with it, tends to be oriented towards to the left when riding it. Might be related with ...
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Tri-bars/Aerobars on Mountain Bikes

I am trying to work on endurance in the hopes of one day touring the GDMBR in a reasonable amount of time and after watching Ride the Divide, I noticed a lot of the riders are using aerobars. When I ...
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Front bag/basket configuration that works with butterfly/trekking bars?

My bike has these butterfly/trekking bars. My possibly-mistaken sense is that the hooks most front bags and baskets rely on are designed for flat bars, such that they will be too far apart to hang ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...