|how long till i should replace bar and stem||ishmael|
May 24, 2001 2:33 PM
|parts such as the handlebars and stem i want to replace before they break...how durable are fancy light bars and stems..will i notice something before they just snap..|
|re: how long till i should replace bar and stem||LC|
May 24, 2001 4:16 PM
|They usually don't give you much, if any, warning before they break. I do think they last much longer than the manufactures say they will, but they like to be conservative for both legal and profit reasons. If you do a lot of sprinting and hard hill climbing where you are really pulling hard on the bars then you should replace them more often...2-3 years and most people about 5-6 years.|
|re: how long till i should replace bar and stem||mr_spin|
May 24, 2001 6:05 PM
|Unless you crash a lot, or crashed really hard once, the stem and bars should last as long as the frame. This could change if you sweat a lot, ride a lot in rain, or store the bike in salt air (i.e., you live at the beach), or do something else that has a corrosive effect.
Will you notice anything? Well, hopefully you will notice that you have acheived perfect peace and harmony with the universe just before they snap. Because what's going to happen next is going to hurt a lot!
|don't worry about it||geezer|
May 25, 2001 12:46 PM
|You'll make yourself sick with worry if you think your bars or stem are going to snap. They might and I'm not saying they can't, but it is extremely unlikely as long as you have quality items and don't abuse them. Regular replacement is completely unnecessary. Good bars and stems will last as long as the bike does. Don't worry, be happy, and ride the bike with its current bar and stem until you get spot a new bike that you like better. The TTT bar/stem combo on my 1994 Pinarello has been ridden for tens of thousands of miles. They show no signs of deterioration and I trust them completely.
On the other hand, regular replacement does provide a nice excuse to buy new gucci kit.