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

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Better solution for uncomfortably low bars: a stem riser, or taller stem?

I've got my (threaded) stem at the maximum height, but I'd be more comfortable if the bars were higher relative to the seat. It would be uncomfortable to lower the seat any further. I was intrigued ...
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How do I lower Aero Bars without lowering hoods

1) Clip-on Aero Bars are too high. 2) Hoods must not be lower than they already are, higher would not hurt 3) I keep the drops, although height not too important My stem is already slammed, I can ...
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Upgrading straight handlebars to drop handlebars

I have a two-and-a-half year old Giant FCR 3 (with a road-bike-like frame and thin tires; it's somewhere in the loosely-defined "hybrid" range) that I use to commute to work, twenty-five miles ...
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Why/how did flat bars take over?

Is there a verifiable reason for the ubiquity of flat bars on bikes these days?-- if so, what is it? It seems that 90% of the time I see people riding a newish bike that isn't a Dutch bike/roadster, ...
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How to measure handlebar?

I don't know my bike's stock handlebar width. I am going to upgrade some parts, for handlebar I tried to read any information written on it but there is only it's brand name. Can you help me please? ...
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1970 Schwinn Tandem - How to move rear seat further away from handlebars

I scored a cool sierra brown, 1970 Schwinn Tandem 5 speed bike on craigslist (one owner even). I grew up in the 70s and loved the look of this bike, but I guess I had to turn 45 before I got one. So ...
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What height should drop handlebars be - relative to my saddle?

I've done most of my cycling with flat handle bars on a mountain bike. I'd like to start commuting to work though and am considering getting a road bike with drop handle bars. The thing is though, I ...
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Upgrade options for hybrid Scott Sub10 bars?

I currently have a flat bar on a hybrid bike (the Scott Sub10). It's a great bike, and I had the saddle height and angle adjusted at the store, so I've got the right leg angle on the down stroke and ...
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Cheap carbon-fiber handlebar from Hong Kong. Will it break?

I bought a flat carbon handlebar from Hong Kong, unbranded, at ebay. I've paid about AUD25... I wonder, will it break? How can I tell whether the built quality is OK? It is for a road bike that I ...
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Bullhorn handlebars or extension grips?

I use my hybrid bike for commuting and casual trips, and comfort is important to me. I am therefore looking to upgrade my handlebar to the bullhorn type, as this greatly increases comfort and reduces ...
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Angled in drop bars like Salsa Woodchippers with slightly less angle in?

I like drop compact drop bars but I think I'd like them better if they were angled in like Salsa Woodchipper bars. I adjust my brake levers to angle in on regular drop bars and compact drops because ...
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Preventing ergonomic handlebar internal rubber cylinders to stick

I have a bike with ergononomic handles (Fuxon brand). Those are kept in position (as in prevented to rotate) with a mechanism which fits inside the handlebar. This mechanism works by compressing two ...
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What parts do I need to change to convert from flat handle bar to drop bar? [duplicate]

I am thinking about getting a drop bar for my Merida Speeder 200 (2015). But I am told that I need to change some other parts as well. My bike has V type brakes, 3 speed front derailleur and a 9 ...
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Front derailleur takes 6 clicks to shift gears, instead of 3 [duplicate]

I've just stripped all cables and chain from a badly kept bicycle and replaced them. I've correctly adjusted the rear derailleur and it works great. However, front derailleur which only has 3 gears ...
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My Bike Like To Try and Turn Left

So when I ride my bike it likes to give a little traction at times like the front wheel wants to turn left. The rim looks straight to me and i double checked it. Is this a problem with the wheel or ...
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How can I move the handlebars on a mountain bike close to the rider without affecting handling and control?

I recently finished building up a mountain bike, with the help of a friend. My initial rides - a few miles, nothing too extensive yet - revealed that I need to move the handlebars a bit up and back ...
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Symptoms of handlebars that are too narrow? Triceps pain?

Recently I went down from 42cm handlebars to 40cm ones, but I've been getting really tight/sore triceps whilst on the bike. I've read that usually the symptom of running bars that are too narrow is ...
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arm and elbow position — sticking out or straight, also pushing or pulling on handlebar

All, I've been riding on the road for 20 years, mostly without much discomfort. But for the past 2 years I've ridden only MTB. I recently had a professional road fit done where my position was ...
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Bullhorn bar + STI brake/shifter

I'd like to install a bullhorn handlebar on my existing hybrid bike and would prefer to continue using my flatbar Shimano STI R42O gear/brake lever system rather than a bar end brake/shifter solution. ...
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Are folding handlebars a good idea from an engineering standpoint?

A couple of Chinese stores have been selling folding handlebars: At first glance this appears to be a great idea since the handlebar width is one of the reasons that carrying and storing bikes can ...
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Uncomfortable rise and backsweep on wide mountain bike handlebars

I've got a set of wide carbon bars on my mountain bike. I get painful wrists after riding because of the shape of the bars. They are pretty much flat with a slight backsweep. How do I know which bars ...
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Dahon handle post hinge loosens too quickly

I noticed that the handle post hinge on my Dahon Speed D7 now requires attention much more often than it used before. Unlike main frame hinge which remains tight for long after adjustment, this one ...
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How do I wrap a road bike handlebar?

What is the best way to wrap a handlebar? Specifically: Should I start near the stem or at the bar ends? wrap clockwise or counter-clockwise? How to wrap (e.g. how many times) around where the ...
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Are there geometrical differences between framesets optimised for flats vs drops, other than top tube length?

Question background: I am on the cusp of buying a 'do it all' bike for commuting and light touring. The bike i'm looking at (Genesis Croix de Fer 2015 model) comes with drop handlebars. I would like ...
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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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Who else makes H-bar Loop Handlebars?

Jones makes a great pair of touring handlebars with a loop for mounting lots of accessories, but their prices are a bit steep ($120-$425). I'm building a mountain touring bike and I've been trying to ...
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Steering Retrospec Speck 20"

I just received the Retrospec Speck 20". I'm a 69 y.o. 5'8, 160 lb woman and thought this simple bike would be easy to ride (single gear with rear peddle backward brake). I could not ride it because ...
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What is the handlebar size for an old road bike?

I have a 1980 Fuji America 18 speed road bike that needs to have the handlebar replaced. How do I determine the handlebar size? It appears that 26mm is the common size for older road bikes - but I ...
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What's this part of the bike, and is it safe to alter it?

The video shows someone installing a gps bike tracker, however there is not much room in the top of the head tube, so he hammers down what's already in there in order to make room for the tracker. In ...
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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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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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Inner elbow/bicep tendon pain from drop bars?

I've just recently bought a new bike with drop bars for my daily commute. It's great fun and actual feels quite comfortable after following a few fitment videos and guides online. The bike is a ...
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How do I put grips on mountain bike handlebars?

I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to put a new set of grips on to my mountain bike handlebars.. The old ones came off fairly agreeably and I've got the new ones 80-90% of the way on, however, ...
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What are the advantages of handlebars with an integrated stem?

I was doing a bit of research for an upcoming handlebar purchase, and came across this strange piece of hardware -- handlebars with an integrated stem (or possibly a stem with integrated bars). So ...
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How do I install drop bars on my trek earl? [duplicate]

I'm new to doing bike stuff, but I want to install drop bars on my single speed 2012 Trek Earl, how would I go about doing so? What things would I need to take into account before getting started?
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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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Is it worth it to reverse the wrap direction of handlebar tape at the brake levers?

The Park Tool Handlebar Tape Installation guide suggests that the direction of wrapping can be either self tightening or prone to loosening. Its basic instructions make the tape self-tightening on the ...
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Why are aero bars usually disallowed in gran fondos?

Why are aero bars usually disallowed in Gran Fondos (cyclosportive events)? I'm just curious. I would think it would be a useful piece of equipment when riding 100 miles.
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Shifters/brakes won't fit on bullhorn bars

I have a KALLOY UNO HB-005 580 mm handlebar and a shifter with brake combination, Shimano Alivio ST-M310. I have a Sora derailleur and crank set. I got as a gift a bullhorn Origin8 Bully Bullhorn ...
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Would Lowering my Handlebars Help my Performance?

I ride now with pretty decent comfort, I have no real back/neck/shoulder pain. As I ride now I feel decent, but I feel as though I might be in too much of an upright position on the bike to get the ...
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Adjust handlebar position/height (damaged screw?)

I was trying to adjust the position of my handle bar...but might have turned the screw too hard in the wrong direction or perhaps it was like this earlier...not sure.... Is there anything that can be ...
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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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Interrupter (cross) brake lever cable guide wedges?

Interrupter brakes require the brake cable to angle away from the bar to meet the lever at the proper point as shown in the picture below. You can see the handlebar tape doesn't carry on closer to the ...
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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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Replacing the handlebar grips with ergonomic ones?

I had bought this set a while back and I eventually managed to replace them the other day, but... It didn't work! The length of the bar is too short to reach the end of the new grips, i don't know ...
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Stem diameter question

Changing to an adjustable Ritchey stem on my Trek 7.3. My bars are 25.4 and the stem I'm looking at is stated to be for 25.8-26. With this being half a millimetre bigger, will it still fit ok? Many ...
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Can I put standard drop brakes on a MASI drop handlebar?

I've got a set of handlebars from a MASI Uno. I'd like to know if I can put standard drop bar brakes, similar to these (ignore the interrupter brakes and bar end shifter for now). The MASI bars ...
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Converting my Giant Roam 3 into more of a road bike, while keeping its hybrid identity? [duplicate]

I am not rich so the budget is as low as possible. I use my bike for pleasure mostly as I am still a teenager. Of course I want speed, so I was wondering how well it would work if I changed the tires ...
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Pros/Cons of Bar-Ends?

I've always heard "never use barends" and they're banned equipment for some of the local clubs/group rides. A number of people on-line swear by them though. What's up with that!? :-) Why would I ...
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Loose Handlebars

I recently got into a small bike accident and the handlebars became loose. It seems to not be in sync with the front bike tire. I tried to tighten the headset and locknut, nothing seems to work. I can ...