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Replace very slightly bent handlebars?(10 posts)

Replace very slightly bent handlebars?velocity
Jan 26, 2003 6:21 PM
I just brought in my bike for a yearly tune-up and my LBS pointed out that the bottom of the left side (from drop to bear end)is slightly bent in. It's very subtly bent and the same guy at the LBS hadn't noticed it the previous two times I'd brought it in. It must have happened a year and a half ago when I was in a paceline and the person in front of me stopped suddenly. Ouch! My front wheel tacoed but no other damage to the bike was apparent, and my left index finger is still slightly deformed as a result.

They're not saying I should replace the bars but I'm wondering if I should. What do you guys think?
NopeKerry Irons
Jan 26, 2003 7:13 PM
You have not stressed the bars significantly with that bend. If the bend was at the stem, then be more worried, but lots of people are riding around with slightly bent bars and don't even know it.
re: Replace very slightly bent handlebars?MR_GRUMPY
Jan 27, 2003 8:05 AM
If your bars are in the 250-260 gram range, they will be fine. If they are in the 200-220 grams range, get dental insurance.
AL bars are not expensive. Could be a hair-line fracturePaul
Jan 27, 2003 9:30 AM
somewhere else which will rear its ugly head at the worse possible time. For peace of mind, replace it. You'll feel better.
AL bars are not expensive. Could be a hair-line fractureatpjunkie
Jan 27, 2003 4:46 PM
agree especially if they are light weight (see other post) these bars if you ride alot should be replaced about every year to year and a half.
OH NO! Mine are 5 yrs old/45K miles - I must be dead already!Kerry
Jan 27, 2003 5:40 PM
I've got TTT 220s and weigh 180 lb./82 kg. I don't know where you guys come up with this replace your bars every 18 months stuff. I fully expect these bars to last another 5 years, just like the last set of (then) light TTT bars did. Absent serious crashes with major scrapes/gouges/bending and/or visible signs of fatigue, bars last.
OH NO! Mine are 5 yrs old/45K miles - I must be dead already!altidude
Jan 27, 2003 6:30 PM
Kerry is correct. Do you really think bike component manufacturers are gonna build bars which require replacing every year otherwise they fail? No way, the would be bankrupt from the lawsuits. Well made aluminum bars, even the lightweight ones will last many many years assuming they are not crashed or installed improperly.
Lord. I died 23 years ago when myOldEdScott
Jan 28, 2003 12:07 PM
S-R Road Champions snapped off at the quill stem.
lawsuits etc...atpjunkie
Jan 28, 2003 1:47 PM
you'd be suprised if you actually read the warranty info on much of the ultra light stuff. Most Ti componenets have 165 lb weight limits and 1 year warranties. Mfr's put that small text in there for a reason.
Being a bigger rider I avoid all ultralight stuff as I HAVE snapped cro'mo bb's, 14g spokes and a cassette body during sprints. I don't care to snap a bar. I've seen it happen in both MTB and Road and it isn't pretty as it usually gives whilst up and torquing. I don't worry about my stuff breaking as I don't use weight weenie gear. Hell I have a 20 year old set of Nitto bars I'd trust in a second. So no offense, but I'd rather err on the side that keeps me upright.
30 bones for piece of mind is cheap.
ease the mindcroll-duraace
Jan 27, 2003 10:32 PM
Its probably gonna be very hard to tell wether or not the bar is damaged enough for the one significant decision should be based upon your mental judgement.

Do you find your self in the middle of a 40 mph downhill thinking about it ?? Ease your mind, and lighten your wallet if the answer was yes.