Handlebar width

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by gazza81, 5 Feb 2019.

  1. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    As others have said try for size first, you may find it useful to have a bit left over outside the grips for 'Bar ends' too.
     
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  2. OP
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    gazza81

    gazza81 Senior Member

    Location:
    Edenbridge
    Yes ive been looking at bar ends too.

    I would just use a hack saw to cut them down then file the ends
     
  3. 12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    Pat 5mph is on the money in my opinion . When using a pipecutter on Al bars the cut is smooth and exactly the same distance from the end. A hacksaw can vary a little as you cut through, so the cut doesn't stay in the same plane. Sure, you can file or sand it but you may wind up with one side a bit longer than the other. I like to measure one side and use the cut off piece to mark the other. BTW, bear in mind that five things will shorten the distance from hand to shoulder for the same amount of leaning forward...stem length, handle bar height and width, as do sweep and rise. An inch or so won't change much but it can reduce the area on the bar you were planning to use for grips, brakes, bar ends, shifters and whatever else you would like to have close to hand. Moving things in incrementally before you cut is ver
     
  4. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Whoa! Your skull has ears!? Are you the next stage of evolution? Can we see x-rays of your head, please?
     
  5. OP
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    gazza81

    gazza81 Senior Member

    Location:
    Edenbridge
    Well, i chopped them down to 600 from 680.
    Feels much more natural, might even go a little more but ill ride it for a couple weeks first i think.
     
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  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Location:
    Ultima Thule
    Perfect width will be 620mm...
     
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  7. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    The original size does sound rather big to me. The drop bars on my road/CX bikes are only 420-440 mm wide . The bars on my MTB always seemed wide compared to them but even they are only 560 mm!
     
  8. MrBeanz

    MrBeanz Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ontario California
    I had 42's on a Trek and thought they were good. Then 44 on a Cannondale and thought they were wide. Then 46 on a Lemond and WOW! Really wide but once I got used to it, I love it and have a hard time with the 44's.

    Give me the wide bars any day!
     
  9. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

    Location:
    South Wales
    You will find the handling will change, so watch those turns and corners
     
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  10. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

    Location:
    South Wales
    That's not that wide
    The bars I put on my Inbred - I cut down to 720mm and the ones on my Virtue are uncut at 725mm
     
    Last edited: 7 Feb 2019
  11. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    A 40mm reduction each side is only half a hand-width.

    Must admit though that some modern mountain bikes do seem to have extremely wide bars. I remember riding my XC bike across a narrow bridge with handrails when most other people had to walk their bikes on their back wheels.
     
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  12. johnblack

    johnblack Active Member

    The bars on my Trek Pro Caliber are 720, handles really well but I really have to watch narrow paths, gateways and woodland tracks.
     
  13. OP
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    gazza81

    gazza81 Senior Member

    Location:
    Edenbridge
    Id like to go narrower but the bars get fatter the further towards the middle you go so might look odd if i go to narrow with them bars
     
  14. I agree, the bars on my Stumpjumper are 780mm, and going from that to my single speed where the bars are just 300mm it feels like I am riding with my hands on the stem !!
     
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  15. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Let's have a photo of the SS!
     
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