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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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?
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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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Commuting on flat terrain/handle bar

For my new job I'll have to commute about 10 - 20km (6 - 12mi) each day (one trip) in flat terrain. Right now, I'm commuting 6km/4mi each day, with an elevation gain of 160m uphill to work. I'm ...
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(Dis-)Advantages of “push-in” to expandable handlebar end plugs

I just discovered that my extension type handlebar plug was almost impossible to remove, at least without lasting damage/complete destruction. Until now I only ever encountered "push-in" plugs, which ...
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Brake levers for bullhorn on single speed - tt/cross or both?

I'm newbie. I need advice regarding brake levers for bullhorn on a single speed. I ride both flat and bullhorn ends. Do I need both TT levers and cross levers? What do you use? Bonus questions: ...
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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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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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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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Handlebar size options

I was given few options to choose the handlebar size for my future road bike. The frame size is 60cm but for the handlebar I have these options: 40x90,40x100,42x100,42x110,44x110,44x120 I measured ...
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triathlon handlebars for ultegra di2

I recently bought a Canyon AL 9.0 Di2 bike and would like to mount a triathlon handlebars on it. My ultimate desire would be able to have the gear switchers both on the triathlon and the bike's ...
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Getting used to narrower handlebars

Just switched from flat to drop bars which are narrower that the original flats. Also, to compensate the "depth" of the riding position, I took a shorter stem (60mm instead of 105mm). Because of ...
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Steering Dynamics Question

as I contemplate reducing reach by either 1/ shortening my stem or 2/ shortening my dropbar's reach, I have some questions about whether approach 1 or 2 will have a greater difference on my bike's ...
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Raising handlebars using a stem raiser on B'twin Triban 500

I've just got a second hand B'twin Triban 500. The seat goes easily high enough, but I've not used a road bike before and the handlebars are far too low for me, even with all the spacers in place. I ...
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How to adjust the handlebar alignment with front wheel?

I have the follwing stem My handlebar is a bit too much right and I am not sure what screw(s) I have to loosen the one on top (in the headset) or the two left on the picture above or maybe all of ...
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fixie brake lever

I've got a bit of a dilemma with regards to brakes on my fixed wheel bike. Currently I've got both brakes on, as standard road levers on the hoods of the drops, but now I'm running fixed instead of ...
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Will loose handlebars result in slower riding?

I went for a ride this morning and my handlebars were loose. I now realize that it is unsafe to ride like that but my average speed was dramatically lower. Do you think it is because of my loose ...
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Are cross brake levers with compact drop bar redundant?

I currently have traditional drop bars and cross (interrupter) brake levers. I like the interrupters and use them a lot. But I'm going to get a compact drop bar (FSA Omega Compact bar on order), and ...
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drum brakes and drop handle bars

I have sturmey archer xfdd and xrd5. Which brake lever are suitable for these and drop handle bars. The cable is road type with a barrel rather than a nipple.
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How to avoid or reduce back-pain by adjusting the handlebar and seat of 19.5" MTB?

I'm 6' 3" long, having 45 inches of waist-Toe length. I bought Trek 3500, 19.5" sized frame bicycle two months ago. I've been experimenting with the handlebar and seat positions(Forward n Backward) to ...
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Trying to identify part name and correct bolt size

my father-in-law sent us a bike, however one part was lost in transit. This is an image found online, but shows the part(s) in question. What is the name of the toothed plate underneath the ...
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How to get the fixed part of a bar-end shifter out of the handlebar when it is stuck?

I have a Shimano bar-end shifter where the fixed part is stuck in the handlebar. How can I get this part out in a way that I can reuse it in new handlebars? Note: I know that I have to loosen the ...
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Hood setup on dirt drops

I recently bought my first gravel bike (Breezer Doppler Pro), and I want to upgrade the stock bars with some flared out dirt drops. Hoods are my primary hand position, and I generally find most ...
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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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How to fix a crack in a silicone grip

I have a brand new pair of silicone grips. Somehow, one of the grips got a crack. Its mostly an aesthetic issue, as no fragments of the grip where lost. Is there any glue appropriate for silicone to ...
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Uncomfortable rise and backsweep on wide mountain bike handlebars

I've got a set of wide carbon bars on my mountain bike. I get painful wrists after riding because of the shape of the bars. They are pretty much flat with a slight backsweep. How do I know which bars ...
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What is the handlebar size for an old road bike?

I have a 1980 Fuji America 18 speed road bike that needs to have the handlebar replaced. How do I determine the handlebar size? It appears that 26mm is the common size for older road bikes - but I ...
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Identify the components of this bike

I'm trying to identify, or find similar, parts on the bike in this video, specifically the front (three spoke) wheel, frame, and handle bars.
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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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How much clearance do I need for cross levers?

I'd like to put cross (interrupter) brake levers on my drop-bar tourer, but I also like to use a bar bag. There is about 55 mm of space between my bars and the bar bag, measured horizontally. Will ...
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Click/snap sound while fastening brake lever onto carbon bar

I was fastening Shimano STI levers onto Bontrager carbon drop handlebars yesterday, with my torque wrench set at ~2nm, and heard a short rather loud click/snap sound shortly after starting to tighten, ...
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Why are 3 inches mountain bike handlebar hard to find? [closed]

I'm looking for a new handlebar, ideally 3 inches. But looking in some of the online shops it seems quite hard to get 31.8mm bar clamp diameter handlebar with 3" rise. Do you know if there is any ...
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Bike too big for me

I bought a bike online based on a recommendation that a 56cm frame would be ok for me (I am 5ft 10, with 30" inside leg). However I think it is slightly too big. I have to lean forward a lot and my ...
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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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Handlebar alignment with wheel

The alignment has drifted such that when my front wheel is looking straight ahead, my handlebar is not perpendicular to the wheel. How do I fix this at home?
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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 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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Handlebars wobble when gripping center of bar

My handlebars wobble when I am gripping the center of my handlebars at moderate-high speed. When holding the grips on the end of the bar it's fine but I like to sometimes give my hands a rest with a ...
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Rayleigh Alpine handle bar assembly

Hi I recently purchased a Rayleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano. I am having a bit of difficulty with assembling the bike. Would anyone be able to assist with fitting the handle bar. I have included pictures of ...
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Why don't BMX plugs fit on MTB riser bar?

In a previous question, I have been told that the grip diameter of a MTB riser bar is 22.2mm. From research I did, the grip diameter of BMX handlebars is also 22.2mm. In fact, it's possible to use BMX ...
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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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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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How will swapping drop bars to butterfly bars affect bike fit?

I recently bought a Dawes Super Galaxy from the late 80s or early 90s. When I was researching bike fit beforehand I was told that swapping drop bars to flat bars can affect the bike fit since drop bar ...
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What is the best way to raise handle bars

I have bought a second hand 19 inch frame and I am normally used to a 20.5 inch. The bike rides OK but I would benefit from raising the handlebars. I have read about fork steerer tube extenders and ...
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Handlebar positioning and posture on Giant bikes

I currently own a Giant Cypress. I am looking at buying a new bike. I tried someone's Giant Roam. Although the seat height was a bit low for me, I felt like I was falling forward on the bike, ...
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Stem diameter question

Changing to an adjustable Ritchey stem on my Trek 7.3. My bars are 25.4 and the stem I'm looking at is stated to be for 25.8-26. With this being half a millimetre bigger, will it still fit ok? Many ...