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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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Higher saddle height and pressure on palm

It is recommended to adjust saddle height using a formula. I made calculation and adjusted the saddle position to a higher point than my usual riding position. But now pressure on my palm increased ...
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What are the potential causes of my fingers going numb when riding?

My fingers get numb quite quickly when riding. I'm a novice and not sure to what this can be due. I've tried gloves but they didn't help. I've tried added different handles to be able to switch ...
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Can I install a handlebar brake handle without removing the grips?

I recently bought a cruiser bike with coaster brakes. I decided I wasn't happy with the stopping power, so I want to add a hand brake to the front wheel. I ordered some parts online, but I have run ...
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What Factors Should I Consider When Picking a Base Bar

So I have a road bike, with STI shifters, but I'm looking to do an Iron Man. I've done centuries before on the bike just staying on the low bars, but I've found that the swim is just so exhausting for ...
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Grip diameter of a riser bar?

I bought a riser bar (Easton EA30) and I want to buy grips and brake levers to put on it. I know the clamp diameter is 31.8mm, but how do I figure out the bar end diameter? I don't have a caliper to ...
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Is it OK to ride in the drops almost the whole time?

I just bought my first road bike, 2 months and a thousand km ago, and into several 50 to 130 km rides I found myself riding mostly in the drops, like reeeaally in the tip of the bar. I even removed ...
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Bike seems less stable when using handlebar bag

On a recent 3 week trip I used a handlebar bag (together with two back bags) to carry the stuff I needed. In the handlebar bag I carried a reflex camera, my phone, a power bank and some candy. While ...
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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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How to raise handlebars?

I have huffy canyon mountain series bike. It is an old one. Can I raise the handlebars on it? I saw videos on YouTube about it. But all the videos have new bicycles with allen key screws. My bike is ...
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How to fix handlebars that have virtually turned into a seesaw

I have a Roadmaster Granite Peak Women's Bike. It was really cheap, but I'm not sure if this issue has to do with the quality of the bike or how it was put together. The issue is the handlebar has ...
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Anyone have Open Bars or similar on a Surly Cross Check or Straggler?

I read around the Internet that many people use a Cross-Check/Straggler as a basis for a relaxed-ish commuter bike. But I'm told by my LBS that running Open Bars or similar on one of those frames is ...
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Mounting light on handlebar with bag installed

On my bike I have installed an handlebar bag (the Ortlieb Ultimate 5). Since I am also considering installing lights on the handlebar, I am afraid they will be simply shielded by the bag. The clerk ...
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Can I clean out a set of old handlebars with water?

I've bought these bars second hand and would like to clean them out before I use them. Right now they're full of dust, dirt, spiders, etc. Will it do any damage to run water through them? I'll, of ...
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How tight should brake lever clips be?

I've ordered some second-hand handlebars from one seller on eBay, and brake levers from a different seller. Both claim to be 22.2mm diameter but the clip on the levers (as photographed) will be a very ...
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Is it really necessary to loosen/unmount handlebar while packing bike?

Reading multiple advice on how to pack a bike in a cardboard box for shipping, I have always read to "remove the handlebar" or alternatively "loosen it and rotate it by 90 degrees". Since my bike ...
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Can someone tell me the handlebar diameter of a Carerra TDF road bike from Halfords

Does anyone know or can measure the diameter of the handlebars for the Carerra TDF road bike from Halfords. It was bought a few years ago and the similar specs on the site aren't helpful. This ...
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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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Racing: Drop Handle Drop Length

For context this is specfically for racing distances less than 100km. Are there any considerations for having a deeper/longer drop on your handlebars besides comfort and fit? Should you go as low as ...
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Why do new road bikes come with handlebar tape attached?

It appeared to me that typically new bikes are sold with tape already installed on the bars. That is both buying from a local bike store (LBS) or online. (Please correct me if I'm wrong, I have not ...
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Reversing handlebar tape direction

Based on the Park Tool guide on how to wrap drop handlebars, the bottom of the handlebars should have the tapes installed with an outward direction and reversing directions when it's on its way to the ...
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Head bearing lock nut thread on a vintage english bicycle

I want to replace the bent forks on my 1950s Humber bicycle (made by raleigh)with another thats too long between the head bearing and the fork crown and will be need to be cut and rethreaded.My ...
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handlebar light (or mount) with ball and socket joint

Is there a handlebar light or mount that uses a ball and socket joint or otherwise allows complete freedom to change where it points? I like to adjust my light depending on a # of factors. For example,...
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Handling Stability Parameters [closed]

I'm building my first bike: probably steel (easy to work with). 2X26" road tires. Full suspension. Will be used on sandy dirt roads, and paved streets with moderate incline. Want hands free option, ...
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Aluminum alloy or carbon fibre handlebar? [closed]

Should I buy a carbon fibre handebar or an aluminium alloy one for a mountain bike? I would prefer the stiffest, as I do tricks but I don't really know which one is the stiffest. I seen both aluminum ...
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Suggestions for removal of old chrome?

I'm redoing an old BMX-style handlebar, but its been treated badly and there is rust under a lot of the chrome. Its not saveable, so what is the best way to remove the chrome so I can treat the rust?...
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Can you replace cyclocross (or road bike) handlebars with mountain bike handlebars? [duplicate]

My cyclocross handlebars are really irritating, please help.
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Can adjusting handlebar height help reduce hand numbness?

Riding my mountain bike on the roads in experiencing tingling and numbness in my hands, especially the left, after 10-15 minutes. It's intermittent and I can disperse it by wiggling my hand when it's ...
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Increase the height of my handlebars to reduce back pain

I have an early 80s Trek 970 Single track that is an awesome bike, but as an older rider who doesn't ride trails as much, would like to ride in a more upright position. The handlebars are for the ...
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How tiring is riding the bullhorns?

I was wondering if anyone here who is riding with bullhorn handlebars could share how tiring it is to ride, say, 50 km? I am thinking of setting up them to my road bike, mainly because, you know, it ...
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How to mount TT shifters and TT brake levers together?

I am starting a new project to build a custom bike with bullhorn handlebar. It'd most likely be made either with road or hybrid type of frame. I am planning on having both front and real derailleurs, ...
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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 do i tighten the steering on this type of head?

I have acquired a bike (new), but from the shop (supermarket), the steering seems to have no effect on the wheels, i thought it was a minor issue i could solve when i got home by tightening, but iv ...
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some resources for a bianchi [closed]

I've got a 1981 (i'm told) bianchi 10-speed road bike. I am having trouble left and right. is there anything as basic as a site wherein i could provide the serial number and get some general ...
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How can I prevent rubber handlebar grips from melting/disintegrating?

I bought a used mountain bike recently that came with some not so great handlebar grips. In humid weather they get really sticky (so much it hurts to pry my hands off them) and bits of rubber come ...
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Will hydraulic brakes work with vertical underseat recumbent handlebars?

I have this type of recumbent. I want to upgrade to hydraulic brakes, but every bike shop warns me about the issues that will come from attaching the brake levers in a vertical position. They say that ...
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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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Would Tri-Bars be advantageous for a 260 mile 2 day event

At the end of August I am organising and completing a solo 2 day bike ride for charity that will be around 260 miles in length. The longest I have ever done is 105 miles in one sitting, about 6 and ...
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How to correctly mount double-lock grips?

I have a pair of PRO double lock-on grips (id est two lock rings per grip). In a recent crash, following an immensely helpful tip from a fellow rider, I clung to one end of the handlebars, turning the ...
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Putting new grips on handlebars [duplicate]

I have new flat bars and grips. What's the easiest way to slide the grips onto the bars?
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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 diameter?

I don't know my bike's stock handlebar diameter. 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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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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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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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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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 ...