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Old 02-23-07, 08:29 AM   #1
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Installing New Handlebars -- How Difficult?

Hello Again,

I've been considering replacing my standard hybrid handlebars with new ones that would allow me more hand positions (something like this one I found at Nashbar http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...ku=9756&brand= ). How difficult would this be for a novice to do? What would it involve?

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Does the front of you stem come off completely? If yes, it will be easy, probably.You will have to remove brake levers, shifters, etc. from your current bars and put them back on your new bars. Hopefully, they will go around the various bends without difficulty. Likely most easily done with the bars off the stem. If the front of your stem (the binder?) does not come off, but only loosens, it might be very difficult to mount these new bars in the stem.
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Hello Again,

I've been considering replacing my standard hybrid handlebars with new ones that would allow me more hand positions (something like this one I found at Nashbar http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...ku=9756&brand= ). How difficult would this be for a novice to do? What would it involve?

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It depends. Like JanMM said, if the face plate on your stem comes off completely, it's easy. Look at the stem where it wraps around the bar. If there are 2 or 4 bolts there, it comes off completely. All you have to do it remove the face plate, take out the old bars and put in the new ones.

The place where problems can arise is with the installation of the brakes and shifters. Depending on where you want to mount them, you might have to have new cables and housing. It's not likely but it could be an issue. You will need new grips. Personally, I like the very old school Grab-ons like here. I'd probably go with the Maxi-grip for road bars at the bottom of the page. To install them, get a bottle of AquaNet hairspray and liberally spray the inside of the grip (more on the part that's going further up the bar) and slide them on. The hairspray will dry and stick the grip to the bars.

Word of caution about Grab-on. They sell a great product and they deliver the stuff quickly but don't try to order from them on the weekend. They don't even take on-line orders on Saturday or Sunday.
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What style shifters and grips do you have now? I put that same handle bar on my Trek Hybrid and I had 2 issues to deal with.
1) I had to play around with the mounting positions for the shifters (MTB) to get them where I was confortable with them.
2) I wrapped the bar with tape like a road bike. Did not use grips.
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On a 1 to 5 scale, that's about a 3. Simply swapping the handlebar is the easy part. The trick is exchanging the brake levers and shifters.

If you're lucky you may be able to swap the levers over to the new bar without having to disconnect the cables, but that will require you to find a way to hold the new bar close to the old one while you do it. If you disconnect the cables at the derailleurs and brake calipers it'll be easier to make the swap, but then you'll have to retune everything afterward when you reconnect the cables. Then there's the cable length issue. If the old cables turn out to be too long in the new location, it'll look goofy. If they are too short, you can run into ussues like "ghost" shifting and unintended brakeing on tight corners.
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