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Converting a 26.0 clamp aerobar to a 31.7????(13 posts)

Converting a 26.0 clamp aerobar to a 31.7????chuckjg
Feb 11, 2003 1:02 PM
Has anyone ever tried this?? If so how'd it come out and how can I do it?? It seems like all that needs to be done is to further round out the inside diameter of the clamp part until it is 31.7. Am I on the right track? I'm considering modifying my Syntace bars to accept my OS road bars.
Dental plan ??MR_GRUMPY
Feb 11, 2003 1:54 PM
Do you have good dental insurance??
S-O-Lbrider
Feb 11, 2003 3:04 PM
Man, I don't think I'd want to be anywhere NEAR you riding that. That's a lot of material to grind out of there, and doesn't leave a lot of margin. If I were in your place, I'd get an entirely different set-up for the aero-bars: separate stem and base bars.
Bondo -nmSnowBlind
Feb 11, 2003 3:06 PM
Are people really this stupid?cxer
Feb 11, 2003 4:17 PM
Why don't you just buy a new stem? I don't understand why your time and safety is cheaper than a new stem.
yes they are-and thy usually have areobars on there bikes nmthe bull
Feb 11, 2003 8:11 PM
and we know proper English (nm)chuckjg
Feb 12, 2003 7:07 AM
ROTFLMAO (nm)gybeho
Feb 12, 2003 8:33 AM
re: Converting a 26.0 clamp aerobar to a 31.7????Akirasho
Feb 11, 2003 7:50 PM
... even if it could be done, it's just not worth the risks... or effort... and voids any warranty you might have had...

We're caught between "standards" with many of us having to make hard decisions/choices 'tween 1" and 1 1/8", threaded or threadless, integrated or traditional, 25.8 v 26.0 v 31.6 v 31.8... and at some point, you just need to accept what you've got or move on... but conversions, especially in something as sketchy as most aerobar/handlebar interfaces is not worth it IMOH.

FWIW... I've got a lot of bikes... and as it stands now... most of them are old skool (just recently received my first integrated headset frame) but it creates a logistical tangle... threaded 1" on a few... threadless 1 1/8" on others... and to keep konfuzion to a minimum... I went with old "standard" bars on all of 'em.

Be the bike.
Thanks for a constructive reply!chuckjg
Feb 12, 2003 7:11 AM
It's easy to give a smartass remark but a little more thoughtful to give the reasoning behind it. Yes, I was aware of possible dangers but I wanted other opinions on the subject. That's why I use this board!

Like you, Akirasho, I am stuck between moving on or accepting what I have. BTW, I'm an MP owner too.
(let the flames begin!!!)
but smart ass remarks to stupid qustions are always fun.the bull
Feb 13, 2003 7:01 PM
It is what makes reading thingslike these humourous.
Did I leave any letters out this time?
How is my spacing?
Is this proper english?
maby ill just make some some nistakes on pourpouse}
If some jackass told you it was safe
would you do it then?
Or would you be more concerned that he left out an "e"!
Fair Enough!!!chuckjg
Feb 14, 2003 6:45 AM
I just figured that a very small amount of metal lost wouldn't be huge. But then again, I'm no engineer, metallurgist or even an English professor. Just questioning the accepted practices. As for smartass remarks, I can appreciate that, as long as it's in the name of good humor.
re: Converting a 26.0 clamp aerobar to a 31.7????Rob Sal
Feb 17, 2003 1:58 AM
LOL Surely the most stupid 'conversion' idea I have heard since my school pal once asked me if he could convert his solid hub axles to be like my QRs by drilling a hole down the axle!!!!!