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    custom drop bars possible? Mod bars?

    My left arm is almost 2 inches shorter than my right, which causes issues when I ride my drops.

    Is there a custom drop bar maker somewhere?
    Do any of you know a bicycle oriented machinist that might be able to fabricate something kind of like a mountain bike bar ends that I could attach to my existing drop bars to make teh drop shorter?

    I could get a compact drop bar, but I really am looking to have asymmetrical distances in the drops.
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    Bike Friday make bars for their folding bikes. Often they are split for folding which opens the possibility for mounting one side higher.

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    I would love to know the answer to this one. I have a couple ideas for a snazzy integrated stem/handlebar.

    It looks like Vanilla has done some custom handlebar work but I can't really tell if they just used existing bars and modded them or if they have the means to create them from scratch.

    At any rate, Vanilla seems to be backed up for a few years so they might not be an option whether they can do it or not.

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    Look at the road bikes at Walmart (Denali or Lamborghini). You could use that method for fitting the halves of 2 different bars.

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    I wonder if a shop that does pipe bending could safely bend (within limits of course) aluminum handlebars?

    I'm kind of curious too because there's a slight modification I'd like to make in the curve of my traditional curve handlebars. Now that I think of it, I might take an old set of bars around town and see if there's a shop that thinks they could do it.

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    What about two separate stems and a half handlebar to each, the left side connected to the upper stem? You could also choose a shorter stem for the upper. The bars would have to be cut outside to the area at the stem (and for this I would choose the larger clamp area of a 31.8mm bar, for strength.)

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    Maybe you could find a handlebar that has a relatively wide 26.0/31.8mm center section (before it tapers to 23.8mm). Then you slide the bar to the right to the point that it evens out your arm length discrepancy (may not be a bar out there with a wide enough section to fix the problem--use old-fashioned trigonometry or trial-n-error).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    My left arm is almost 2 inches shorter than my right, which causes issues when I ride my drops.

    Is there a custom drop bar maker somewhere?
    Do any of you know a bicycle oriented machinist that might be able to fabricate something kind of like a mountain bike bar ends that I could attach to my existing drop bars to make teh drop shorter?

    I could get a compact drop bar, but I really am looking to have asymmetrical distances in the drops.
    Sam Whittingham at Naked Design makes custom bars and stems.

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    A local framebuilder might be able to make you some to your specifications. I suggest contacting some amd asking.
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    From your post it sounds like you just want to change the position of the drop, correct?

    A competent frame builder or anyone else experienced with bending aluminum tubing should be able to help you with this. I'd have a little reservation working with aluminum, you might want to think about working with steel tubing, it would be much more forgiving.
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    I've always wanted to make myself custom bars, but handlebars are surprisingly weird and subtle. They have two separate diameters and are full of compound curves, not to mention fairly large-diameter tubing, making bending a distinct challenge. Does anyone know of a site that discusses how they're made?
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