Questions tagged [handlebars]

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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How to I get my handle bars to cooperate with my wheel?

Alright, I haven't owned a bike in 20 years and am doing my best here. The handlebars turn the wheel, but it still slides around when met with any resistance at all. I have tightened as best I can all ...
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Can I fit my normal brake levers to the curves of the dropbars?

I ride Firefox Rapide 21S, a hybrid bicycle. It has factory fitted flat-riser handlebars with Shimano EF500 levers for V-brakes with gear shifter integrated. I am an unprofessional rider, I always ...
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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 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 position,...
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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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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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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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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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The stem connects the handlebars to the...?

If this is a stem... ... what's this? I'm asking because I need to buy a taller one so I don't have to bend over as far. It's not convenient to buy a new bike, and I already have an adjustable stem ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to bend handlebar to customize it?

Here in my country is kind of difficult to get certain types of handlebars, but it is easy to get flat and riser mountain type handlebars and standard types of road drop bars. So I'm investigating ...
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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 I replace hood covers on Shimano ST-2300 brake/gear levers?

I'm looking to buy a replacement cover on my right brake/gear lever which is a Shimano ST2300. I've found a 'Shimano Bracket-Cover Hood Dual-Control-Lever R9150/R9170' Road-Bike on AliExpress, but I'...
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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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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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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 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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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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Aero Bars vs The Drops

On my road bike I am debating installing aero bars. Will I notice a significant measurable improvement in speed using aero bars vs being in the drops? I am looking for specific numbers here with ...
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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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Why are my handlebars difficult to turn in one direction but not the other?

Very odd thing. I can turn my handlebars more freely in one direction that the other. It feels like it's rubbing against something inside when I turn it in the "bad" direction. Any ideas?
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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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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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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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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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What are the benefits of drop bars?

I come from a mountain biking background but I've also done a lot of cycle touring but I chose to go with flat bars and bar-ends vs drop bars. I've also seen bikes that are designed for 'bike ...
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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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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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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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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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