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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the purpose of this small block on the handlebar?

What is the purpose of this small block on a handlebar? This article on "bicycle archeology" (in Dutch) describes that they have almost completely disappeared, and are found only on very old ...
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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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Drop handlebars with drops that don't fit. Replace or adjust?

I bought a Surly Long Haul Trucker a couple years ago, and it has the stock handlebars. My hands don't really fit in the drops, and I sometimes would like a lower handlebar position where I can still ...
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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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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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How does a quill stem without a front bolt work?

Looking at quill stems I noticed this rather curious one and I couldn't imagine how it secured the handlebars without an apparent bolt. Any ideas? more images
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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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Brake lever placement on a road bike

I am just going to re-wrap my road bike's handlebar tape tomorrow. Before I do that I was wondering what the proper place is to put the brake levers. I know they should be pointed vertically, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What types of mountain bike handle bar grips are available and how to they affect comfort and handling?

This question has been floating around in my head for a while, mainly because I don't know anything about grips (edit to resolve confusion:covers for the part of the handlebar you hold on to). Are ...
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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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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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Android/EVO bike mount recommendations

Does anyone have experience mounting an EVO phone on the handlebars of a road bike?
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Knee position while on the aero bar

I find that my knees are coming ahead of the pedals while I am on the aero bars. I am not sure whether this is right or wrong. In the below image, I don't feel pain on my lower back for a long ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Glued grip has rotated, won't rotate back

The leather-like grips on my cruiser have rotated a bit over the last year and a half; the faux "stitching" on one of them is now at a location that feels weird when I'm holding it. I can't rotate the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Which type of handle bars are best for off-road & road use?

There are quite a lot of types of bars. Some best bit for aerodynamics, some best fit for control, some offer significant amount of positions. I am looking to change my handlebars to the best fit ...
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What are early signs of failure in forks/stem/handlebars?

I ride an SE Lager. In the past year, the following components have worn out or broken Front chainring Rear cog Rear freewheel Chain Seat (one of the bars snapped off) Many, many spokes Wheels ...