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Cutting handlebars(5 posts)

Cutting handlebarsMel Erickson
Nov 24, 2002 7:18 AM
I've got an older Scott handlebar, the aero type with 90 degree extensions at the ends. Any harm in cutting off these extensions to create a conventional bar? I can't really think of any problems but thoughts are welcome.
re: Cutting handlebarsAkirasho
Nov 24, 2002 9:01 AM
... I've cut down MTB and aero bars (pipe cutter... cleaned up with file and emery cloth) with no ill effects... I suspect that your project has merit... unless you'd be able to use the bars in their original form or sell them.

Structurally, I can't imagine that the removal of said material would cause any additional or unexpected stresses through the bar. You could use the cutoffs a bud vases in your car...

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
re: Cutting handlebarsRusty Coggs
Nov 24, 2002 9:11 AM
I did it.The drops just ended up pretty short.
I've done it.Spoke Wrench
Nov 24, 2002 9:16 AM
The only issue that I've run into is that I've almost always cut off maybe 1/2" too much. Now I think it's better to cut off too little and maybe take off another slice in a week or so.
Me, too--hacksaw's plenty good enough.retro
Nov 24, 2002 4:31 PM
I've cut several road and mountain bars (used to make cowhorns out of my drop bars, because I rarely used the drops anyway). I can't even think of a possible problem except, as somebody else said, cutting too short. On my first mountain bike, back when they came with like 28- or 30-inch bars, I whittled away at them over a couple of months until the thumb shifters nearly touched the stem. Had to buy new bars so I could ride the thing.
When you cut, I've never really found a reason to use a tubing cutter if you already have a hacksaw. You can wrap a piece of masking tape around the bars as a guide if you want, then dress them with a file or sandpaper. It's just a piece of tubing; doesn't matter if you're off a millimeter on one side.