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Old 06-14-00, 03:23 PM   #1
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Whats the best way to cut down a set of bars?? Pipe cutter or hack saw??
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Old 06-17-00, 11:48 PM   #2
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It depends on the material and type of bar to an extent.

Assuming that it is aluminum tubing, a good way is to use a high precision band saw and a pipe jig that will maintain the bar perpendicular to the saw blade. Of course MOST folks don't have this option...

You might get away with a pipe cutter, but I doubt it...

Don't use a hacksaw unless you are either 1)really, really good at freehand sawing, or 2)don't mind a crappy cut (or a lot of cleanup) to the bar ends after the cut.

Now, your best bet is to find a bike shop that has a tubing jig for the bar diameter you have. They can clamp the bar into the jig and use a good hack saw with a new blade and get a pretty fine cut (+/- 0.5mm if they're good) with only a minor amount of cleanup needed (debur inner rim and chamfer the outer rim).

Hope this helps,
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I find that if one uses a pipe cutter the cut is nice and burr free and if you know how to use a measuring tape you can be dead accurate too.
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Pipe cutter is fine

Akarius is right. A pipe cutter will work just fine. You can use a hacksaw, but you'll want to clean it up with a file afterwards.
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yeah. what they said.
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Old 08-18-00, 11:42 AM   #6
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done

I ended up hacking the ends off, and I'm rather proud of the job I did! I put a few nicks on the black finish and I cleaned the ends up with a handy little file ...thanx for the info guys.
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