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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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New Bike - gear shifter installed on the left and upside down? Easy fix?

New bike (flat bar , gravel bike) came with the gear lever on the left side and upside down. Dropper post lever on the right side of bars, and on top of the bar. Any reason for this, and is it an easy ...
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Why is it hard to turn my handlebars but headset is loose too

I got a 2007 GT Timberline Fitness Series bicycle that was a frame only. I'm trying to put it together and almost have it complete except for one part, the headset. I noticed it when I was test riding ...
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Drop bar maneuverability in a gravel bike

I'm considering getting my first gravel bike, and I'm wondering how much more difficult/limited (if at all) the maneuverability of a drop bar bicycle is, compared to a flat (riser) bar. I've gone to ...
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Why do threadless stems allow quick removal of the bars whereas quill stems do not?

I prefer quill stems for aesthetic reasons but find them a hassle when it comes to removing the handlebar -- having to strip the bars and remove the brifters. Is there a reason why I cannot find quill ...
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Replace (potentially 15+ year old) stem/handlebars?

Is there a point at which aluminum drop bars and stem are simple "too old" and need to be replaced? Back story: I'm ever-so-slowly rebuilding a used (but new to me) 2006 Trek 520. I've taken ...
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Why do people seem to choose "aero hoods" over "aero drops"?

It seems to be accepted that riding low on the hoods is more aerodynamic than riding in the drops. The explanation is that it puts the forearms parallel to the ground/ parallel to the direction of ...
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Boardman Hyb 8.6 - how to raise one piece handlebar/stem?

My battered old bike recently needed replacing. I have just bought a Boardman Hyb 8.6 I am 6ft with a 6ft arm span and 32-33” inside leg. I was in between sizes for most brands but generally advised ...
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Handle bar stem has frozen stripped bolt

I just bought a used cruiser for 20$ The handlebars are WAY TOO LOW for me to ride it. However, I've tried everything and the bolt will not budge. Is like to enjoy my new/used bike. Any ideas how to ...
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Cruiser handlebar rotating because clamp not strong enough

My new cruiser handlebars rotate no matter how much I tighten the clamp on my electric bike. The bike is a Lectric XPremium: https://lectricebikes.com/products/xpremium-black Here is the handlebar: ...
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How do I remove a severely stripped/rounded-off Allen/hex head bolt?

I need to replace my handlebar on my Trek 830. I have a spare one, but it has shifters still attached to it. I tried to remove them. However, the hex bolt on the front shifter is severely stripped! ...
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Can I add headset spacers below an adjustable stem?

Can I add headset spacers below an adjustable stem, specifically the Promax A-headset stem on the Cannondale Adventure 1? I want to change the stock handlebar to something with more sweep, but most ...
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Road bikes with flared bars

I recently rode a road bike where the brake levers had a slight outward tilt. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask what kind of handlebar it was, but I found it very comfortable. It had a slope like the ...
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What do these specs mean? I have a Cannondale Road Bike 700x23c

I've been trying to find the model of my bike but I can't even find the year. 700x23c 175 EPE 45% PU 55% T 430 700 23-622
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Help Finding a butterfly handlebars with 23.8mm grip diameter

I would like to mount the end bar shifters on a butterfly handlebar on my touring bike, the problem is that I can't find a butterfly handlebar with 23.8mm grip diameter, which is needed to install the ...
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Gravel handlebar geometry: any use of the hooks' flare?

I have replaced the original 44cm handlebar of the Canyon Grizl with a wider, 46cm Salsa Woodchipper Deluxe handlebars. While I'm very pleased with the added control the wider handlebars offer (...
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Setting the Ritchey Venturemax handlebars in gravel

Is there any instruction anywhere on how to properly align the Ritchey Venturemax handlebars? On the official website there is only the following "technical" screenshot, but there is no ...
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Slipping handle bar, how to torque safely

I ride a bow shaped handlebar mounted in quill stem. I am riding this with a somewhat sporty setup, which means I do have weight on my hands and thus handlebar grips. Originally I torqued this to 8Nm....
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Tight shifting and handlebar weird stiffness

I got my hybrid bike serviced 2 days back. Before the service, the handlebar used to turn freely, and the shifter was not stiff. I had given it because the day before something went wrong with the ...
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Bike fell down on rocks, how to fix handle scratches

Today I left my bike near others, and one of them fell on the rest, causing me this: Some of you may say it's a little scratch, but I really care about my bike and it's a big drama to me. Especially ...
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Is there a safety hazard when lock on grips are not pushed fully on to the handlebar?

Recently got new single lock on grips (Ergon GA2 Fat) and I am trying to understand if the warning in the manual is referring to some real hazard or is just there because the legal department said so. ...
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Comparing chest-mounting to handlebar-mounting a sports camera

Since I'd very much rather not have something dangling on my neck/shoulders, I am inclined to think that tethering the camera to a bike through a handlebar mount is the optimal solution. The ...
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Is there a way to wrap bullhorn handlebars to avoid unwinding both in the center and on the sides?

My handlebar tape keeps looking messy because of an incorrect direction, and I can't find an obvious solution to it. Maybe someone can advise? The direction of the wrap for handlbar tape should be ...
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Are all road bike drop handlebars compatible with all shifter/brake levers

I have a Trek Domane and I want to upgrade the generic basic handlebars with carbon aero handle bars. I want to make sure they would be compatible with the levers. I was thinking of Easton, Prime ...
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How to avoid and anticipate breaking handlebars

Recently while commuting my road bike (drop bar) handlebars split in half at the stem while I was riding. I took a spill but was luckily mostly unhurt. However, this was the second time this had ...
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Investigating maintenance tasks that are best done with the bike upside-down

Hoisting a bike on a stand makes almost any repair a lot easier. A bike stand is the third tool you should get, after hex wrenches and a screwdriver. Normally a bike is simply hoisted on the stand. ...
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What kind of handlebar is this? Why is it not symmetric?

I recently saw a video in some social network where a person is replacing a handlebar on an MTB. Both the old and new bars have one side bent upwards and one side bent downwards. What is the purpose ...
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Is it possible to use a 26mm clamp diameter stem with a 24mm handlebar?

I am considering getting a stem, which is meant for a 26mm grip area diameter. However, the handlebar I want to use it with is 24mm diameter (this diameter is uniform, so 24mm both at the grip and at ...
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Easily misaligned handlebars when using stem raiser

I use a Delta Stem Raiser (maybe also called a stem extender, handlebar riser, steerer tube extender) to make my handlebars "taller" (higher up than they could typically go) on my bike's ...
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Availability of Drop Randonneur handlebars Raleigh 72 grand sport?

Are new handlebars available that are the same, or nearly so, as the early 70's drop, Randonneur handlebars that were available on the grand sports models? From https://www.bikeforums.net/21414951-...
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What are disadvantages of aero drop bars?

Aero drop bars have a flattened tops segment. This is the length of tube between the stem and the 'bends' where the bars curve forward. It is claimed that this makes the bars more aerodynamic as a ...
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Are they called handlebar "upsweep" and "backsweep" because only one quadrant is usable?

The title says it all. Are the two rotations of MTB flat bars (question updated in italics) called "upsweep" and "backsweep" because only one quadrant is usable? Is there never a ...
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Is it possible to use brake levers with large-diameter fittings on a smaller-diameter handlebar?

I bought brake levers meant for 31.8mm handlebars (namely Tektro RL721, meant for cyclocross) some weeks ago, meaning to use them for a bike build which has a 20-something millimeter bullhorn ...
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Help me analyze my mountain bike body position, dealing with crippling elbow pain

I have been dealing with crippling elbow pain these last couple months which has been keeping me off the bike. I have super long legs and a short torso, riding a Large Orbea Rise mountain bike, 780mm ...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

Why are there not more bicycles and accessories designed to ergonomically meet the needs of the female body? I'm not talking dresses or skirts. A range of skeletal features differentiate the female ...
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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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I bought my first road bike, and it hurts my back and hands

I bought my first road bike (from a MTB) about a 2 weeks ago, and I’ve given it 200 kms so far. However, I’ve been experiencing lower back pain and weight on my hands that slowly creep up (sometimes ...
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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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