General Cycling Discussion - Custom bullhorn handle bar and brake
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Hey, so I saw this for sale on craigslist for $20 and thought it was kinda cool. I wanna put bullhorn handlebars on my bike because they seem like they would suit my style of riding. Would I be able to make these from my bars? Would they be safe structure wise as long as I cut them straight? What breaks would I want to look into that would work well with this style of bar?
07-21-09, 06:49 AM
I don't think there is anything unsafe about cutting your bars but a better solution might be buying a set of ready-made bullhorns such as: these (http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/17477-195_TRNBH8-3-Parts-398-Handlebars/Road/Tranz-X-Bullhorn-Bar.htm) and brakes like these (http://www.pricepoint.com/detail.htm?stylepkey=17471&style_id=035%20DCE888&detailName=Dia%20Compe%20188%20Reverse%20Aero%20Levers&dept_id=3&deptName=Parts&sub_id=398&subName=Handlebars/Road&lprice=19.98&hprice=19.98) so you know everything will fit and look okay.
07-21-09, 07:03 AM
As HandomeRyan says, I don't think there is anything inherently unsafe about doing the flip chop. If you have a tube cutter already it'd be a cheap thing to do. You could use a hack saw as well I suppose but make sure to finish the cut ends whatever you do.
I've been considering this myself, but for the price I'll just buy a bar and brakes. That way if I decide to switch back to drops I'll still have the drop bars.
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