Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    Commuter OrgFarmCY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Stony Brook, NY
    My Bikes
    To many junkers
    Posts
    170
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Cutting Handlebars

    So, if I needed to cut a pair of older handlebars, and I was on a limited budget, what would I buy?

    Thanks
    --Aaron

  2. #2
    o.O Seggybop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    576
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    a hacksaw?
    mi yu mi yu

  3. #3
    220 lb messer
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Illadelph.
    My Bikes
    A few.
    Posts
    6
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hacksaw or a pipe cutter. You decide!

    Pipe cutters are more fun.

  4. #4
    group W bench
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Hinckley, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Prestige, GT ZR.1, Burley Duet, Schwinn Voyagre, Giant ATX 990, a couple single speeds and a fixed gear, plus my bike collection
    Posts
    238
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by steve the tank
    Hacksaw or a pipe cutter. You decide!

    Pipe cutters are more fun.
    Most pipe cutters are meant for copper or plastic tubing. Steel ruins the cutting wheel pretty quick. You can get steel cutting wheels but the hacksaw would be cheaper and more practical.
    Light. Strong. Cheap. Pick two. --- Keith Bontrager http://pedalmybike.com/userTrackies/myTrackie3679.jpg

  5. #5
    Member jaqb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    poland
    My Bikes
    orange E8
    Posts
    39
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Steel ruins the cutting wheel pretty quick

    bikejunkie jou right, it'l bee best way to cut handlebar

  6. #6
    Junior Member hound-dog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    24
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Definitely a hacksaw, that's what I use. There's also a discussion forum at www.chopzone.com about chopping bike parts and tools to use that you might find helpful.

  7. #7
    New Orleans
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,528
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For a bit more(say $4 for hacksaw) you can get a Harbor freight 4 or 4.5" grinder-cutter.It will cut anything you want to cut-steel-aluminum-rubber(cut lugs off)-anything.Luck,Charlie

  8. #8
    Senior Member slagjumper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Down on East End Avenue.
    My Bikes
    Salsa Las Cruces, Burley R&R and a boat load of others.
    Posts
    1,815
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like using pipe cutters becuase you get such a strait cut. I only have the pipe cutters for cutting handlebars.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Adelaide, Australia
    Posts
    67
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I came across the following hint at Jim Langley's web site - you use a cheap hose clamp as a guide for the hacksaw blade :

    http://www.jimlangley.net/crank/genrep.html#cdm

  10. #10
    Just a thought.
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    My Bikes
    * Ciöcc MOCKBA '80, Giant Kronos, Specialized Rockhopper, Battaglin, Motobecane Grand Touring, Italvega, Bridgestone T700 *subject to change without notice.
    Posts
    21
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bikejunkie
    Most pipe cutters are meant for copper or plastic tubing. Steel ruins the cutting wheel pretty quick.
    Most handlebars these days are made of aluminum, which is about three times softer than copper. For an easy, clean, precise cut, I would highly recommend a pipe cutter, although a hacksaw would do the job in a hurry.

    If you're not sure whether the bars are aluminum or steel, try putting a refrigerator magnet on them. Of course, the magnet will stick to only the steel.

  11. #11
    barnfullagts
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    WI
    My Bikes
    GT BI Ti/BI Steel - Edge Ti and Steel Xizang Ti and Psyclone Steel
    Posts
    620
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Pipe cutter leaves a cleaner cut and can be purchased at a do-it-yourself home center for $3.50, just make sure it has 1-1/8" Capacity. I've even used them for cutting down threadless forks.

  12. #12
    Senior Member bxbmx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    172
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey guys, are there any disadvantages to cutting down bars? I thought bars are made out of crmo. Im def going to get it cut at my bike shop, they'll do it for free...is there any problems if i do it in a year or so? (then again, they use that sanding belt to remove the rough edges.), I guess you guys cut down the grips too?

  13. #13
    gravity speed freek
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    the flatlands of kansas city
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    232
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ive cut alot of bmx handlebars to get the "horseshoe" style bars i use on g-bikes. ive used a hacksaw and the cutting wheel on my dremel roto tool. it eats up those lil cutting wheels pretty quick though. after a hacksaw i still use the sanders on the roto tool to de-bur the edges and put a slight bevel so that the grips slide on a lil better. i tried using a miter box once or twice, but since the ends get covered by the grips any way, i dont worry much about the cut being perfect. fast eddie outty

    www.freewebs.com/gravityracing/

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Gijon, Spain
    My Bikes
    2003 Kona Smoke, 2004 Fuji Touring, 2005 Brompton L3, 2008 Dahon MU XL Sport
    Posts
    41
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bxbmx
    Hey guys, are there any disadvantages to cutting down bars? I thought bars are made out of crmo. Im def going to get it cut at my bike shop, they'll do it for free...is there any problems if i do it in a year or so? (then again, they use that sanding belt to remove the rough edges.), I guess you guys cut down the grips too?
    No disadvantages unless you cut off too much ;-). Some are made of cromo, some steel - you can use a magnet to test for steel. No need to cut down the grips (I assume you're talking straight bars here) unless you want to, just move the brake and / or gear levers inwards by the same amount you cut, and you can use the original grips.

  15. #15
    Senior Member bxbmx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    172
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    my handlebars are 2 piece, and i dont think the levers go in anymore...so cut the grips? i will go to the bike shop soon and maybe ask them

  16. #16
    a77impala a77impala's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Western South Dakota
    Posts
    1,259
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Instead of cutting the grips get some for gripshift shifters they are over an inch shorted than regular grips.
    Treks, 85-420, 87-560, 90-930,92-970, 95-930, 96-1220, LeMonds, 2000 Zurich, 04 Tourmalet, 05 Etape, 06-Versailles

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •