Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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Originally Posted by Torchy McFlux
+1 for trashing/recycling the bars.
Once that sleeve breaks loose, there's no saving them. Don't jury-rig handlebars. They're too important to your safety.
I've seen maybe half a dozen like that in the time I was in the shop, and most of them were under riders who were lucky not to have ended up in the hospital.
One guy rode for a while after screwing in two screws into the bars. They'd go through the outer/clamp sleeve and into the inner bar tube. No telling what would happen if the screws broke though.
I'd replace the bars. I don't mess with bars, stems, forks, front wheels. Anything fails there and you're down hard, and since they usually fail when there's a lot of stress, it'll be when you hit that little pothole at 45 mph on a descent that whatever it is will break. Your face/neck area is too fragile to risk it, at least for me it is.
For a good cycling related 100% post-consumer use for those bars, bolt them up onto a joist or some beam/bar/wall-over-door (bolt into the studs for the last one). Old bars make excellent pull up bars. We'd put one up as soon as we could in the shop/s I was in (4 total different locations). You do a pull up or two every now and then and suddenly you're all competing at doing 6-10 pull ups or more when at the beginning only one seemed tough.
ps I have to admit, I was the guy with the screws. I used the strongest little screws I could find, but after thinking about it for a while, I replaced the bars.