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When to replace handlebars?(9 posts)

When to replace handlebars?James
May 9, 2001 12:02 AM
I have heard every 6 months, But im not really sure. I have about 3000 miles on the bike and i torque the bars pretty good in climbs. I was wondering what a safe replace time would be?

Bicycling did something on this a few years ago...Cory
May 9, 2001 10:01 AM
...but I don't remember what it said.
Certainly every six months is too often unless you're standing on the bars. The bars on my commuter are at least 12 years old, ridden often by a 230-pound rider, and they're fine (well, maybe they're going to crumble on the way home tonight, but they SEEM fine). My old, pre-suspension mountain bike has had the same bars since 1990, and I beat the crap out of that for years.
Depends (obviously) on the quality and weight of the bars (Stupid Lite will fail faster than heavy), how and how much you ride, whatever. But now you've given me something else to worry about--I never even thought about bar life until you brought it up.
Written before or after Bicycling was bought by the Enquirer? nmmike mcmahon
May 9, 2001 11:28 AM
before, when it was a real magazine (nm)Cory
May 9, 2001 1:14 PM
I thought it was USA Today....grz mnky
May 9, 2001 1:18 PM
Some shop guys will tell you two years, but it all depends on what kind of a life they have and their weight and quality, etc. I've had two sets of bars fail: one when I hit a car; and the other cheapo pair after 5 years in a coastal environment. The good thing is that with a metal alloy you usually can detect a crack before it fails if you pay attention.
I thought it was USA Today....Cleat
May 9, 2001 8:37 PM
So how come you failed to detect ?
What Part of "If" Don't You Understand?grz mnky
May 16, 2001 12:11 PM
If you're going to fire a zinger, please try a little harder or are you working at max. capacity?

It was my first ever bar failure, I was something like 20 yrs. old and commuting to and from work each day. Hit a pothole and the thing folded.
Every 10-15 years?Kerry Irons
May 9, 2001 7:07 PM
On the bike I bought in 1972 and sold with 90K miles on it in 1988, I didn't replace the TTT bars. I did drill them for aero cable routing, but they showed no signs of fatigue and to my knowledge, are still in use by the buyer. On the bike I bought in 1988 and sold in 1998 (50K miles), I didn't replace the TTT SuperLegerra bars either. They are still in use, getting probably 3-4K miles per year. My current TTT Forma 220 bars are 3+ years old with about 28K miles on them and I have no signs of fatigue. I'm guessing every 6 months is overkill. Buy good stuff. It lasts.
re: When to replace handlebars?Marcy S
May 16, 2001 10:44 AM
Just so you know, some guy in my club bought a used bike with little mileage, or so he was told. Anyway, he thought that his handlebar had a 'slight' flex on purpose. Luckily, when his handlebar cracked right in half, he was going slow through a busy intersection and was not hurt.

I guess the other rule of thumb, besides after a certain amount of miles, should be that handlebars generally DO NOT HAVE ANY FLEX!!!