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

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I bought my first road bike, and it hurts my back and hands

I bought my first road bike (from a MTB) about a week ago, and I’ve given it 130 kms so far. However, I’ve been experiencing lower back pain and lots of weight on my hands (along with shoulder and ...
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Cutting a slot in a quil stem

Just curious to know, is it possible and safe to cut this slotted part of the stem and make a new slot slot on top? I need a shorter stem for another project.
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How do I install a quill stem extender?

I don’t understand how to install a quill stem extender. Photo included. I have my stem, the long screw and the wedge. The stem extender on the right has a stem, a long screw, and a wedge. The screws ...
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long-pull bar-end brake lever for bullhorn bar

I'm thinking of trying out a bullhorn bar but don't want to spend a lot of money on the experiment. My brakes require a long-pull lever. Is there such a thing as a long-pull bar-end brake lever? The ...
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Where can I get this style handlebar?

Does anyone know where I can get handlebars like this? Thank you. Note - the stem is clamped to the lower "top" and not the normal one.
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Identify aero handlebars that are easy to work with? [closed]

Can anyone share examples of aero handlebars that are easy to work on? Preferably with some type of external routing. ENVE SES AR handlebars seem to be close to this concept. I'm on the Pro Vibe ...
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Are there any bar-ends with a palm rest?

One of my friend's bikes had these old and beaten alloy bar-ends that have some sort of palm rest integrated outwards of the handlebars (wing-like), such that your pinky-side palm area could rest on ...
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How do I determine a suitable handlebar width on a fatbike?

Fatbike owners seem to be fond of using lavishly wide handlebars. They also don't just go from 640mm or 660mm to 680mm or 700mm, but often to 720mm or 740mm. I'm assuming their shoulders couldn't be ...
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How to make the grip stick in its place on the handlebar?

I have this unbelievably frustrating situation: Basically, on the right side of the steering handle on my bicycle, the "soft" (not really) rubber thing that you grip with your hand keeps ...
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Can you use two different shifters (eg. Left-Tiagra,Right-105) on the same cockpit/handlebar?

I couldnt find the correct crankset... so i was wondering if you could use a crankset (Tiagra) with a (105) front derailleur? If not can you use two differnt shifters on one cockpit/handlebar and if ...
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How to install dual shifter/lever on handlebar when clamp is too tight

I’ve got a Shimano GRX Di2 dual shifter/lever that I want to install on a new Carbon handlebar (Carbonda CGB01) . The problem is that it fits until it reaches the curvature and then it gets stuck. I ...
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Can someone tell my why it doesn't work? [closed]

I recently got an old used Huffy eco terra bike with a handlebar computer that doesn't work. Can someone tell me how it's powered and possibly why it doesn't work.
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Impossible/wrong frame length calculation?

I have been riding daily a Holland style bike (upright posture) for quite a long time. I now ordered a new e-bike online, with a more conventional shape (so I don't have a good body feeling for how I ...
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How to best prevent handlebar tape from unraveling at the inner ends?

Usually I apply handlebar tape from the outer ends of the handlebars inwards. (There is an alternative slightly better way requiring more work and estimation where the handlebar tape is begun from the ...
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Why is my handlebar wobbling like this?

My bike has recently started behaving strangely when I ride no-handed. When I let go of the bars, they are stable, but quickly develop a wobble which becomes quite violent. I put my hands on the bars ...
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How and when should one use the "On the drops" position on drop handlebars?

This question may be addressed completely by this canonical answer, and I'm happy to remove the question if so. However it's only one answer, and I don't think it could hurt to have more here; I have ...
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Drop bar ends and brakes

I've been getting more into taking my bike out on longer rides and am finding that I would really benefit from having a drop bar. My bike is an old Giant Rapid 2, it's almost entirely stock (I ...
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Drop barends on cruiser handlebar

Suppose you take a cruiser handlebar: And attach drop bar-ends like these to the middle section: What are the problems that might arise? Assume this is for touring long distances.
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Can I drill into the handles of a B'Twin 100 Arctic?

My 4yo daughter has just got a B'twin Arctic 100 for her birthday. Her balance bike has tassels like these on the handlebars, so I bought some for her new bike too. But behind the grips, the ...
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How to replace handles?

I've got an old bike from my friends, which basically looks good (just needs some oiling), but its handles are really beaten up and greesy. I couldn't find any screws or anything which keeps these ...
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Ways to increase handlebar height?

Recently got my first bike with drop handlebars. After riding around for a while, I noticed some neck/trap/shoulder strain. I have tried adjusting the seat height, but I think the next best solution ...
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How to fix numb hands on new gravel bike despite professional fitting and shorter stem?

I just bought a new Salsa gravel bike with carbon frame. Despite a professional fitting and shorter stem my hands get numb after only a mile. I wear padded gloves when riding. I have ridden a Trek ...
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How to attach streamers to handlebars?

I bought streamers for my kids bikes: https://www.pushys.com.au/bikecorp-handlebar-streamers-shiny-purple.html How do I attach them? I was told I just need to push them through the holes on the sides ...
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Trying to identify my Armstrong bicycle

Can anyone tell me what model Armstrong this bicycle is and possibly what year thank you
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How can I raise my handlebars when there are no spacers above the stem?

I have a threadless setup with no spacers above the stem. What is the simplest way to raise my handlebars?
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Zero-gap stem (FSA Afterburner) inverted installation

My question is somewhat related to this one. I apologize in advance for such a long question! And thanks to everyone who manages to get to the end. I've bought an FSA Afterburner 12° stem. On the ...
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Apparent pedal force improvement from swept back handlebars; why not use them?

As a teenager a friend found some antique swept back motorcycle handlebars that had the same expansion nut type fitting as my bike and we had to try them out; the handles just touched the front of the ...
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Long bar ends as drop-downs?

There's a pair of long bar ends that I came across on Decathlon (https://www.decathlon.in/p/4407859/cycle-handlebars-stems-and-grips/3-position-long-bar-ends). I was wondering if these could be ...
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A DIY question / handlebar / build

I'm looking to replicate the montage in the photo, which involves attaching an epoxy beam to a bicycle handlebar (it's a science project), as I show in the drawing. The beam must be very well fixed ...
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PRO LT Handlebar Stem asks to tighten top handlebar screws first before bottom screws? Conflicting manual instructions?

I bought this PRO (Shimano) LT handlebar stem. However, I'm having difficulty decoding the instructions in which to tighten the handlebar clamps. The stem itself has this piece of cardboard in between ...
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Handlebar slips in quill stem clamp when going over bumps

I bought this new Kalloy quill stem, with Sakae 25.4mm handlebars as pictured below. The handlebars were purchased at an eBay auction. Here's the setup from the side I've tightened the handlebar ...
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Would you prefer slightly long handlebar for bikepacking?, TourDivide

I'm about to cut my handlebar to 620mm or 640mm I have 620mm handlebar with minivelo and I'm very much tailored to the size. However, I've read wider handlebar is better for controlling.. Mike hall (...
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Normal MTB trigger shifters and hydraulic brake levers on a bullhorn handlebar

Was wondering if mounting Altus shifters and hydraulic brake levers on the vertical sides of a bullhorn handlebar would work or would be possible? I tried holding one of my grips on my flat bar while ...
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How will swapping drop bars to butterfly bars affect bike fit?

I recently bought a Dawes Super Galaxy from the late 80s or early 90s. When I was researching bike fit beforehand I was told that swapping drop bars to flat bars can affect the bike fit since drop bar ...
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Why are so many ramps on dropbars tilted downwards?

When looking at drop handlebars, it's noticable that most ramps are tilted downwards. I find that rather uncomfortable for my hands as they slide down into the hoods of the brake levers and get ...
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Steering Dynamics Question

as I contemplate reducing reach by either 1/ shortening my stem or 2/ shortening my dropbar's reach, I have some questions about whether approach 1 or 2 will have a greater difference on my bike's ...
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Accessory mount extender for curved bar: stem bolts vs double clamp

I've recently got a Giant Revolt 0, 2020. Obviously, I need lights for it, so I bought the Spanninga Axendo 60 front light. That is where the story begins :) Namely, it turned out, that the "...
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How to tell if my handlebar is really too long?

As some of you already know, I'm putting together a trekking bike. It is mostly to commute where the usual route will be 15km: up to 10km on paved roads and the rest unpaved, including a highway ...
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Why the small difference between common sizes of handlebars (31.8mm) and MTB seatposts (31.6mm)?

Many handlebars have a 31.8mm clamp section, and a common MTB seatpost size is 31.6mm. I know these are both around 1 1/4 inches. Why the 0.2mm difference though?
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Trying to identify part name and correct bolt size

my father-in-law sent us a bike, however one part was lost in transit. This is an image found online, but shows the part(s) in question. What is the name of the toothed plate underneath the ...
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What is on the handlebars of this bike?

Sadiq Khan, the current Mayor of London, was spotted riding a (strikingly regular) bike around in May 2020. What is the contraption attached to the center of his handlebars?
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Unable to adjust alignment of handlebars

I have a Dutch build Gazelle Superior Special that is a rather old bicycle. I have noticed that the handlebars are no longer fully aligned with the front wheel. I have decided to remove the threaded ...
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Bar end shifters onto a flat bar - temporary fix solution

I have a bike in progress that will use Shimano bar end shifters, but I am putting on a Jones Loop Bar. I am ordering a set of Paul's Thumbies, but they will take over a month to reach me. In the ...
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Carrera Crossfire 2 Hybrid Bike to a road bike [duplicate]

I have a Carrera Crossfire 2 Hybrid Bike. I would like to convert this to a full road bike. Is it possible?, if so what changes will I need to make.
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Neck pain and handlebar adjustment

I have a medium size Scott Scale 40 (2009) and my height is 1.73m. Whenever I ride this bike I feel that something about my posture is wrong, back and neck pains are killing me after 1 hour. I think ...
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Is it possible to set this fork steerer / stem higher?

Is it possible to set the stem / steerer higher in Cannondale R300? It feels like I need higher stack and I wouldn't like to tilt the drop bars from their current position. Bonus question: are stem ...
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Can I use bar tape on my (non race bike) bike with flat handles (not drop bars)

My handle bars are slippery so during the drive they often start sliding off. Could I use those nice cool tapes on my handle bar? If so, which ones should I buy?
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Have old bar end shifters which don't seem to fit in the new handlebars

I retrieved the Shimano bar end shifters from some old handlebars and now I want to fit the shifters to new bars. However strangely I can't fit the shifters in the new bars. See the following photo: ...
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How do I raise the handle bar on this bike?

I would like to raise the handle bar of this bike so I can ride in more of an upright position. I tried searching for methods to accomplish this, but I'm not sure what I found were applicable to this ...
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Help in converting Trek Domane 2.0 road bike to be more comfortable and commute-friendly

I have pudendal neuralgia issues which require that I use a noseless saddle (not shown in pic) which works great for relieving pelvic floor pain. The result, though, is that much weight then is ...
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