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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What advantages are there in mounting a butterfly bar with a drop instead of a rise?

I own a tourer with a butterfly bar mounted with the near flats rising. This puts the far flats rising towards the outside of my wrists. I have, however, seen butterfly bars mounted so that compared ...
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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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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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Installing handlebar

I've bought a 25.4 mm bullhorn for my fuji feather 2013, and I tried to install it.Then I've realized that my quill stem is for 26 mm handlebar. Are there any ways to install 25.4 mm handlebar into 26 ...
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handlebar under-tape (extra layer)?

I'm going to be re-taping my bars for the first time soon, and I was thinking about a putting an extra layer of tape for just slightly increased diameter and padding. I have big hands, but I don't ...
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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 first ...
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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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Symptoms of handlebars that are too narrow? Triceps pain?

Recently I went down from 42cm handlebars to 40cm ones, but I've been getting really tight/sore triceps whilst on the bike. I've read that usually the symptom of running bars that are too narrow is ...
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How is Sir Bradley Wiggins 3D printing his titanium handlebars?

I just read an article about how Sir Bradley Wiggins is going to try to break the 1 hour distance record soon. In it they mention One of the unique new features is a set of 3D printed titanium ...
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Handlebar stem : height vs length

I want to decrease the reach of my handlebars. Does it matter whether I increase the height or get a stem with a smaller length(extension?) on my bike? And is there any way to calculate the relation ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How high should brake levers be on drop bars?

How high on the curve of the drop bars should brake levers be placed? Also, how does the angle of the drop bars affect the brake position? If these settings are dependant on body shape and physiology,...
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How to increase speed on my hybrid bike with flat handlebars and 700X35C tyres?

I have Montra Blues 1.1 hybrid bike with flat handlebar and 700x35C tyres. When I try to lean forward and try to increase my speed, my hands get fatigued and I can’t do it for longer durations. How ...
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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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Crack on underside of handlebar

I found a crack underneath the handlebar. Is it okay to keep using it? I can't really afford a new one. I'm riding with the cracked bar right now and there's no weird sound and movement on the ...
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Replacing the handlebar grips with ergonomic ones?

I had bought this set a while back and I eventually managed to replace them the other day, but... It didn't work! The length of the bar is too short to reach the end of the new grips, i don't know ...
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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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How are the flat/aero bullhorn handelbars called?

I've seen some bikes which look really good (IMHO) with a bullhorn handlebar which is flat and has an aero design. After some googling I've only found this model which is really expensive: Do they ...
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How is bicycle fit affected by switching from a riser bar to a flat bar?

I have a 2009 Kona Dew that comes with handlebars that have a rise in them. I've noticed that I feel pretty upright while biking so I'm looking to get into a more aerodynamic position. Looking at ...
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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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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 ...
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Replacing mountain bike bars & stem with drop bars

I have a mid-1990s Specialized Rockhopper. I've trashed the flat bars that were on it previously and I want to install drop bars, but to make that comfortable for me I'll want a shorter and higher ...
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Handlebars for an upright seated position

After injuring my neck, shoulder and arm on a fall from my bike I need the type of handlebar that you see more commonly on a cruiser bike. ie that is one that gives you anupright sitting position. ...
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Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?

I live in a mountainous area, and so there are lots of opportunities for descending at high speed. I currently have a bike with drop bars, and when in the drops, I feel very stable doing this. I am ...
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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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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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How do I remove my bicycle handlebars that are connected by a single rusted bolt?

I'm trying to remove the HANDLEBARS from the stem of my bike and the handlebars are put into the stem and secured with a bolt. However, the bolt is rusted and will not budge no matter how hard I go at ...
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Why do my handlebars wobble left and right?

I got this bike secondhand, and so I don't know its history/what could have made it like that. And I mean they wobble while I'm holding them, not while I'm riding hands-free only. I've ridden a few ...
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BMX stem slipping; how to stop?

I recently bought a BMX bike that currently has all stock parts. Recently, with the school and weather, I haven't been able to ride it that much. Anyways, when I picked it up from the shop, the bars ...
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Dual gear cable setup for aerobars and handelbars

Is there a solution to set up gear shifters at the end bar of the aerobars and on the handlebars simultaniously? It is just annoying when I am down in triathlon position and have to change the grip ...
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Bar end brakes and handlebar swapping

I have one road bike that I use mostly for commuting, sometimes for fast alone rides and infrequently for group rides. I was thinking that since most of my riding is alone I should put my tri bars ...
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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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Does the diameter difference between road and mountain bike handlebars make some bikes incompatible?

I'm shopping around for a new set of handlebars, I want to give trekking bars (aka butterfly bars) a try. They're reasonably cheap so I'm willing to dive in as an experiment. I'm wondering though, ...
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upsweep and backsweep for mtb handlebars

Characteristics of the following bars for MTB are: • 780mm wide • 30mm rise • 5˚ up-sweep • 7˚ back-sweep I know what effects do the width and rise have on the feel and riding. But what about ...
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New stem, bars & shifters on old Bridgestone 700

I recently bought a 1980's Bridgestone 700. I have trouble feeling confident on this bike between the narrow drop bars and the downtube shifter. This is my all-steel commuter and I'd like to put ...
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Pinion C1.12 with drop bars?

In your opinion, what's the best way to install drop bars on a bike with a Pinion gearbox, in particular the C1.12. Some of the options I'm aware of: shifter on bar end split bars with shifter next ...
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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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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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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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Are there geometrical differences between framesets optimised for flats vs drops, other than top tube length?

Question background: I am on the cusp of buying a 'do it all' bike for commuting and light touring. The bike i'm looking at (Genesis Croix de Fer 2015 model) comes with drop handlebars. I would like ...
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How to remove handlebar end plug (probably expansion type)?

Earlier this year I acquired a second-hand Cannondale Trigger 2014, that was used just twice but standing around for quite some time. Today I wanted to change some things about the cockpit and as a ...
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Can lock on grips go with carbon fiber handle bars?

How prudent is it to install lock on grips onto carbon fiber mountain biking handle bars? Are there some grips that will work and some that won't?
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Interrupter (cross) brake lever cable guide wedges?

Interrupter brakes require the brake cable to angle away from the bar to meet the lever at the proper point as shown in the picture below. You can see the handlebar tape doesn't carry on closer to the ...
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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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Aerobars on a hybrid

I got a set of aerobars for free and decided to install them on my hybrid. 1) I just tried them and feel a bit unstable. After checking it out online, I see this is normal, but I wonder if there is ...
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Add hand positions to flat bar MTB

I'm trying to make a more road bike from my old GT Avalanche (26 hardtail), `cause I've bought a new one for trails. I had a 100 km ride last weekend and found that I really lack hand positions on ...
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Vintage Peugeot pulls towards left when riding

I've bought a second hand old Peugeot, I really enjoy the bike, but I'm having a balance problem with it, pulls to the left when riding. Could it be related with the handlebars? They are crooked.