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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Straight or Drop handlebars?

Can someone explain to me the pros/cons of drop or straight? I've never used drops before and have never owned a good road bike (just cheap mountain bikes) - I am buying a decent single speed soon and ...
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What kind of handlebar should go on a fixie to sell it?

I've seen fixies with mtb handlebars, sawed-off mtb handlebars, drop bars, and bullhorns. The fixie I built has drop bars, but I'm wondering if I should change that if I want to sell it.
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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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How can I move the handlebars on a mountain bike close to the rider without affecting handling and control?

I recently finished building up a mountain bike, with the help of a friend. My initial rides - a few miles, nothing too extensive yet - revealed that I need to move the handlebars a bit up and back ...
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Correct position of hands on flat handlebars

I have had a numbing sensation in my thumbs. I take it it is caused by the pressure of holding the handlebars while riding. The bike is a Schwinn Signature M3030 - SR SUNTOUR mountain bike.
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Thoughts about tri bar / trekking bar on hybrid bicycle

I have an hybrid bicycle Firefox Rapide 21S. I ride regularly around 40 KM. In headwind I feel like I should be in aero position so sometimes I put my elbows on my handlebar and it helps to reduce ...
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Thumb ring and index finger

I have a new bike for 3 month and after about 20 Km my ring and index finger on the left hand became numb. Just as an information for my hand position: These fingers are always on the brakes. Here is ...
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Loose Handlebars

I recently got into a small bike accident and the handlebars became loose. It seems to not be in sync with the front bike tire. I tried to tighten the headset and locknut, nothing seems to work. I can ...
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Measuring stem clamp / handlebar diameter

I have a new-ish Bianchi Cortina hybrid that I'm trying to find suitable drop bars for, but I can't figure out the proper size to get. It seems like the bars mostly come in 25.4mm, 26mm and 31.8mm. ...
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How can I tilt up a stem of my bike's handlebar which is held by two bolts?

I bought a second hand hybrid bike and would like to adjust the stem of the handlebars such that I can ride it in a more upright position. The following photo shows a side view of the stem with an ...
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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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Front fork pulling to center / “indexed steering”

So I took my bike in to the repair shop, to have the rear wheel replaced, but after the repair I noticed immediately the steering feeling a bit strange. I've since worked out why. The problem is that ...
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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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French handlebar fit

I have an Atax stem ('85 Peugeot). Original steel handlebars are 25 mm. Is it prudent to spread the stem to accommodate Nitto 25.4 randonneur bars?
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Reason for handlebar diameter

Why are handlebars the diameter they are (22.2 or 23.8 in grip area)? In general, the best diameter for grip strength is where the hand around the grip has about 1mm from the tip of the middle finger ...
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Road bike handle bar adjustment to one weaker and shorter arm

I have Erbs Palsy causing my left arm to be shorter and weaker than my right arm. Can the handle bars of a road bike be adjusted to accommodate this or is there another resolution I can consider?
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Brake lever clamp too loose for handlebars

I'm trying to attach a new brake lever onto my handlebars, however, the clamp (circular part) of the brake lever that slides onto the handlebars is a bit too loose. I've tried to tighten it but ...
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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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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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Shifters/brakes won't fit on bullhorn bars

I have a KALLOY UNO HB-005 580 mm handlebar and a shifter with brake combination, Shimano Alivio ST-M310. I have a Sora derailleur and crank set. I got as a gift a bullhorn Origin8 Bully Bullhorn 6061-...
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Can I use 25.4mm bullhorn brakes on a 26mm handlebar?

I've got a 26mm bullhorn handlebar but it seems like many stores sell bullhorn brakes that are for 25.4mm bullhorns. Will this 0.6mm make much of a difference? Would it be okay to use the 25.4mm ...
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How do I remove old hockey tape from drop bars

I used hockey tape on the drop bars for my bike and I need to remove it to replace the brake levers. Over time, the tape has become melted/fused together, and I used lots of layers for extra ...
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Front bag/basket configuration that works with butterfly/trekking bars?

My bike has these butterfly/trekking bars. My possibly-mistaken sense is that the hooks most front bags and baskets rely on are designed for flat bars, such that they will be too far apart to hang ...
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Do you think I can put road bike handlebars to this bike? [duplicate]

Im new to bikes so I just want to ask a question. Is it possible to put a road bike handlebars on this bike. And if it is do I have to get a new stem also or just the handlebars?
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How can I find the perfect handlebar height?

I test-rode a bike (2018 Specialized Rockhopper Sport) and I liked everything except the height of the handlebars, and it's the XL size so there's no larger option available. I feel like it would be ...
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What's causing my thumb tremor after riding?

After asking this beginner's question, I took people's advice and started test driving bicycles. I rode for about twenty minutes, so not too long. About fifteen minutes later, I found that my right ...
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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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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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Steering Retrospec Speck 20"

I just received the Retrospec Speck 20". I'm a 69 y.o. 5'8, 160 lb woman and thought this simple bike would be easy to ride (single gear with rear pedal backward brake). I could not ride it ...
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Can I put standard drop brakes on a MASI drop handlebar?

I've got a set of handlebars from a MASI Uno. I'd like to know if I can put standard drop bar brakes, similar to these (ignore the interrupter brakes and bar end shifter for now). The MASI bars have ...
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Hydraulic disc brake - lever compatibility

I purchased a gravel bike with drop handlebars, mostly for commuting and maybe for some weekend bike camping trips. I've only ever ridden mountain bikes with flat bars in the past, but I figured I'd ...
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Loose TT Bar Pads

I have Easton attack carbon TT bars which have pads that are riveted on. One has now come loose and is wobbly. I have tried to drill out and re-rivet them on but the problem comes back. Does anyone ...
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Can´t remove BMX stem top cap bolt (won´t loosen)

I was trying to remove the handlebar and stem of my bike in order to be replace them. The bike has got a BMX stem and the top cap bolt is spinning freely in both clock and counterclockwise. Any idea ...
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Replacing a shifter

One of my plastic shifters broke and I am looking for a replacement on the internet. How do I know whether a replacement will fit my handlebar. Are all handlebars the same size?
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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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Fitting a vibration-proof bell for drop bars

I have a bike with drop bars which I need for commuting, but I live in a city which is not only full of idiots† both on foot and on bikes themselves (thus meaning going bellless is idiotic), ...
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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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Two handlebars on bicycle

I have butterfly shaped handlebars on my hybrid bicycle. These were an aftermarket addition. These allow for different positions but I would like to add another set of handlebars with a wider ...
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Aluminium Aerobars on Carbon Handelbars

Since I want to build up a new bike with road or gravel handelbars and aerobars I try to get as much information about it as possible. Now I have just watched a video where the person in it says (at ...
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Angled in drop bars like Salsa Woodchippers with slightly less angle in?

I like drop compact drop bars but I think I'd like them better if they were angled in like Salsa Woodchipper bars. I adjust my brake levers to angle in on regular drop bars and compact drops because ...
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Does anyone know who made the part that attaches the shifter to the bar?

Looking to set something up like this with bullhorns, can't find the part to attach shifter to bar.
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Can hand brake levers be pulled hard enough on a comfort/cruiser handlebar?

My bike currently has a straight handlebar. Both the front and rear brake are operated by hand, with a brake lever on each side of the handlebar. This allows me to pull them very hard, which is good. ...
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Clicking sound on handlebar

I get a clicking sound every time I go uphill, sometimes I can even feel it. It's coming from somewhere around the handlebar. I keep thinking that my handlebar might be cracking but its just my ...
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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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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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Extend drop bars with additional positions

I have my touring bike set up with drop bars, very similar to this: However, after riding all day for a few days, I tend to miss additional position(s) to avoid minor annoyances such as "numb ...
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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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Reason for different hex screw sizes

Recently I've installed a front derailleur and while doing it used nearly all hex screwdrivers from my multitool. For example, on the left hand of the handlebars I have a brake, a shifter and a fork ...
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Convert Cannondale Quick5 Hybrid to a road bike?

I have a Cannondale Quick5 Hybrid. I would like to convert this to a full road bike. What changes do I need to do? Is it possible?